Oktoberfest finishes Triathlon Season in Collegiate Style for All

By Bill Plock

600 triathletes, including 130 collegiate athletes made for an electric atmosphere at Union Reservoir in Longmont at the Without Limits Oktoberfest Triathlon. In it’s tradition, the Oktoberfest triathlon signals the end of the triathlon season along the Front Range in Colorado. Also in tradition, the Rocky Mountain Tri Club keeps it extra fun by encouraging members to wear costumes. Little Bo Peep, Pinocchio, and a host of other characters crossed the line.

With the collegiate challenge, the costumes and perhaps knowing it’s the last triathlon of the season, there was plenty of banter and fun and everyone stuck around for the awards—maybe knowing, many folks won’t see each other again until the spring? Who knows.

As far as the collegiate race CU’s Mike Meehan, Benedict Bettin and Seth Kurtz finished first, second and third respectfully in the men’s race. In the womens race, CSU’s Katrina Lems, Victoria Dippold were first and second and CU’s Alexandra Schwein was third. Athletes from Wyoming, Air Force, School of Mines and Montana State also competed.

In the age group categories, Kevin Konczk, Chris Knaute, and Sam Smith won for the men and Liz West, Diane Edwards and Dore Berens won for the women. There were 16 relay teams and the male relay team, Team Triron War took top honors with a winning time only the top 2 single men racers beat with a time of 1:02:54 and the third place male finisher finished in 1:02:55.

It was an exciting day and all the finishing times can be found HERE

Boulder Peak Triathlon, Delivers, Meehan, Standifer, Champs

The Boulder Peak Triathlon is one of the oldest and best known olympic distance triathlons in the country. This past Saturday in its 28th edition, about 700 people competed in the Triathlon, Duathlon, Aquabike, Tri Relay, Duathlon Relay and Aquabike Relay. There was a race for just about anyone! Mike Meehan won the mens race and Caitlin Standifer won the women’s race. Here is a link to all the results (RESULTS)

Happy on the hill top

The course’s signature is the iconic climb up Old Stage Road on the north end of Boulder. It’s a little over a mile of climbing with some parts of the road exceeding 10% grade. There is no shortage of wildlife with a deer passing through this year and reports of a bear seen as well! But with a good uphill comes a fast downhill! The fastest male bike split of the day belonged to Mike Meehan of 1:01 and the fastest female was Caitlin with a 1:08.

The 10K run takes runners across the dam at the Boulder Reservoir. Sixth place finisher Julian Wheating had yesterdays fastest 10k with a 35:27 just edging out second place finisher Colin Laughery by four seconds! Caitlin also was the fastest female runner with a 37:59.

But race to the slip and slide for everyone is really the most fun with such a large turnout, there was much to celebrate at the end.

Colorado Triathlon, is this the next big race, or maybe it already is?

Five years ago the Colorado Triathlon by Without Limits had 430 athletes check in and now over 800 athletes started–and Eric Kenney won the first sprint distance race in 2015 and won again yesterday–only 1 min slower than 2015–way to age Eric–or not! Some things change, some things don’t!

First timer sprint men and women’s waves

This past weekend kicked off the outdoor triathlon season at the Colorado Triathlon which featured sprint and olympic distances, along with a duathlon and aqua bike and relay teams. The week leading up to yesterdays race was filled with questions of the water temperature and the temptation to switch to a duathlon. But somehow, in typical fashion, the water warmed up just enough and the atmosphere was electric at the Boulder Reservoir.

First timer Maria Giordano

Most impressive besides conquering the 62 degree water, was the finish line conquer by more than 100 people who had never raced a triathlon before. This race continues to grow and competitors ranged in ages from 14 to 80. There was even a podium for the first-timer categories.

Eric Kenney won the men’s sprint race and Tim Hola took the olympic distance. Lindsay Knast and Steph Popelor were the women’s champs. First timer’s Christian Moden and Maria Giordano stood on top of the podium for the sprint distance and Julien Schaller and Katherine Kerr won the Olympic distance.

First timer, Shannon Simpson said afterwards, “I was impressed at how welcoming the triathlon community is and the feel of the race is “chill” and “fun” and has strong sense of community. When race director Lance Panigutti told us before the race, “that we will get everyone through the day,” I just felt like I wouldn’t’ be left behind.”

Lance’s motto found on the finisher medals, “collect moments, not things” seems to have permeated the atmosphere well!

For more race pictures, go to our Facebook page album HERE

Barry Siff Resigns as USA Triathlon Board of Directors President


Barry Siff talking to folks at Colorado Multisport about The Peak Triathlon in 2017

editors note: Barry Siff, for those newer to triathlon or Colorado, has had a major impact on the sport of triathlon. For years he headed 5430 which produced iconic races such as the Boulder Peak (now owned and run by Without Limits, Info here)

We at 303Endurance Network wish him the best in his future endeavors and thank him for his contribution to our sport and his kindness throughout the years.

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PrintAPRIL 15, 2019, 11:59 A.M. (ET)

USA Triathlon today announced that Barry Siff has resigned as President of the USA Triathlon Board of Directors, effective immediately, in order to accept the role of Chief Executive Officer for USA Team Handball. It is a full-time, paid staff position for the National Governing Body in the U.S. Olympic Movement. 

Jacqueline McCook, Vice President of the Board of Directors, has accepted the role of interim President. 

Siff joined the USA Triathlon Board of Directors in 2012, and was elected President in 2014. A former race director, he was integral in identifying and advancing USA Triathlon’s key organizational priorities, including development of the current 2020 Quad Strategic Plan. Siff also led the hiring process for Rocky Harris, who was named USA Triathlon’s CEO in August of 2017. 

“I have been a triathlete since 1986, and it has been an incredible honor and privilege to help lead USA Triathlon as its Board of Directors President for the past five years,” said Siff. “The current team at USA Triathlon is truly world-class, and I leave knowing that we have laid an incredibly strong foundation to achieve its mission of growing, inspiring and supporting the triathlon community.”

A champion for gender diversity within USA Triathlon governance, he helped to exponentially increase female representation on the Board of Directors. Siff also added an integral perspective to the Board as a former event organizer, and was a strong voice for all race directors while pushing the organization to better serve this key constituency group. 

As a member of the Executive Boards of the International Triathlon Union (ITU) and the American Triathlon Confederation (CAMTRI), Siff has served on several committees guiding the global direction of the sport over the last two years. His roles with the ITU and CAMTRI remain unchanged moving forward. Similarly, Siff was USA Triathlon’s top international ambassador, and directly supported triathlon development programs in Africa and Panama.

Siff was also a driving force for USA Triathlon’s ambitious efforts to grow participation and expand awareness for the sport — highlighted by the launch of the unprecedented Time to Tri initiative in partnership with IRONMAN, as well as the Legacy Triathlon, a new event leading up to the LA 2028 Olympic and Paralympic Games and set to debut this July in Long Beach, California.

Siff, who currently serves as Chair of a newly formed group comprised of Board Chairs from U.S. Olympic National Governing Bodies, has been an integral part of the multisport scene since 1986 as an athlete, coach, race director, writer and executive leader. He first became involved with USA Triathlon in a volunteer leadership role in 2009 as Chair of the Race Director Committee. 

“Barry Siff has made an indelible impact, both in the U.S. and internationally, during a span of nearly 30 years in multisport,” said Harris. “USA Triathlon has been incredibly fortunate to have such a passionate and dedicated leader at the helm of its Board of Directors, as well as his innumerable roles over the years. We are grateful for his service and passion, and we know that he will remain an integral part of the triathlon landscape for the foreseeable future.”

“Under Barry’s leadership, USA Triathlon has focused on better serving each of its constituent groups, as well as creating meaningful programs and initiatives to grow the sport, and investing resources strategically to ensure long-term, sustainable success,” said McCook. “Barry has always brought his unbridled enthusiasm, dedication and passion for the sport to his role as Board President, and for that we are extremely grateful. I look forward to working with the Board, Rocky and his team, to continue our work to grow, inspire and support our amazing triathlon community as I step into the role of interim President.”

McCook has served on the USA Triathlon Board as an Independent Director since 2013. She was elected the first-ever President of the Board of Directors for the USA Triathlon Foundation in 2014, and served in that role until 2018. McCook brings significant consumer-facing strategic, marketing and operational experience to the Board. She has served in senior executive positions in the consumer foods, retail and restaurant industries, including with PepsiCo, YUM! Brands, Diageo and ConAgra Foods. 

Her professional career also includes the consulting firm, McKinsey & Company; the national retailer, Target; and the investment-banking firm, Morgan Stanley. McCook received her Bachelor of Arts in international relations from Stanford University, and her Master of Business Administration with honors from the Harvard Business School. She completed her first triathlon in the early 1990s, and was a founding member of the Stanford Women’s Water Polo Team.  

Oktoberfest Sprint

Longmont

 

The 12th annual Oktoberfest Triathlon on September 22nd, 2019, is the party of the season and also a 2019 Mountain Collegiate Conference Race! As the leaves change color this race will officially end the Colorado Triathlon Season! It’s been a long fun season but before the snow begins to fall let’s get one more triathlon celebration in.

The Oktoberfest Triathlon is about friends and teammates, smiling and cheering. Men’s or woman’s cut technical t-shirts are back. Great goodie bags, one of our biggest expos of the year, a ton of raffles, and a closed race course are just some of the hghlights. This race is capped at 600 athletes to maintain a fun, yet lively, and laid back feel. Due to the low cap, we’ve sold out for the past 10 years so be sure to take advantage of early registration. Every year we pick a different Lander (province) in Germany as a theme for the event t-shirts! 2017 was Hessen (Light Blue), 2018 theme was Sachsen-Anhalt (Green).

 

Event details and registration here

Harvest Moon Long Course

Boulder

 

The Harvest Moon Triathlon the 20th edition of this event takes place at the beautiful Boulder Reservoir on September 15th, 2019. Est. in 2000 this Colorado classic provides the veterans to beginners a challenging, affordable, and competitive race with a local flavor. Whether this is your final event of the season, or a tune-up for a fall long course triathlon, don’t miss the Harvest Moon! The Aquabike portion is one of the fastest growing Aquabikes in the nation, while the duathlon is Colorado’s only long-course duathlon.

 

This is the third event in the Colorado Triathlon Series

 

Event details and registration here

Steamboat Triathlons

Steamboat Springs

 

Sprint Distance Triathlon, Olympic Distance Triathlon, Olympic Distance Aquabike, Olympic Distance Duathlon, & NEW Stand-Up Paddle-Board Options

The Steamboat Triathlon features a sprint distance, olympic distance, aquabike, Olympic distance duathlon, & NEW stand-up paddle-board options. The swim starts off in the picturesque Lake Catamount. Triathletes will the quickly transition to the bike course with amazing views of the Yampa Valley and River! The olympic distance course will take athletes out to the historic Howelsen, while the sprint distance will feature a single loop course. The run course hugs Lake Catamount for a flat and fast route which finishes back at the Lake!

NEW FOR 2019: This season the Steamboat Triathlon will feature stand-up paddle-board options for both the sprint & Olympic distances

Hang out post race in the grassy lawns and enjoy great prizes, raffles, awards, and food from our local sponsors of Steamboat! Race is capped at 500 participants for all the event combined, please join us for one of Colorado’s most intimate destination events!

 

Event details and registration here

Outdoor Divas Women’s Triathlon

Longmont

 

The 11th annual Outdoor Divas Sprint Triathlon on August 18th, awarded best women’s event in Colorado by Competitor Magazine, is the all women’s triathlon you’ve been waiting for! We intentionally keep the race cap low at 600 women to create a fun, festive, yet intimate racing environment. Great goodie bags, one of our biggest expos of the year, a ton of raffles, and a completely closed race course are just some of the highlights. Due to the low cap we’ve sold out the past 11 years. in 2018 we reached capacity on June 5th so please take advantage of the early registration.

“This was my first triathlon in five years since my professional racing career ended. I had no idea what to expect and the last thing I wanted to experience was insecurity in terms of the course and safety. Thanks to Without Limits and Outdoor DIVAS, I was able to put my best foot forward on race day, with incredible support along the way. It was a blast to mix it up with a great group of inspired women. I’m so happy that Skirt Sports chose the Outdoor DIVAS Triathlon as our first-ever Team Triathlon. We’ll definitely be back next year!” Nicole DeBoom

 

Event Details and registration here

Parker Open Water Swim

Parker

 

ALREADY 65% SOLD OUT AS OF 12/28/2018!

This open water swimming oasis has been the hottest venue in Colorado since our first open water swim back in 2016. Who’s ready for round 3? Don’t delay, last year we sold out in just a few months!

The course will be set up as a 1.2 mile out and back, with the option to swim two laps for a 2.4 mile swim. We’ll also have a 1/2 mile swim option for beginners! We’ll have refreshments and raffles post event as we post your times.

Please note that if you miss your chance to dive into the Rueter-Hess waters this July 27th you’ll need to wait a full year before getting another chance! This event is limited to just 200 athletes so don’t delay on registration, last year’s race sold out by March 1st!

 

Event details and registration here

TriBella Women’s Triathlon

Cherry Creek Reservoir

 

ALREADY 35% SOLD OUT AS OF 12/28/2018!

The TriBella Women’s Triathlon, presented by Coeur Sports, is the perfect all women’s triathlon for first time triathletes looking to try the sport out, or seasoned veterans looking for a fun season opener to compete alongside friends and family! We’ll be offering two distances; the traditional sprint distance (1/2m Swim, 10m Bike, 3.1m Run), plus a super sprint distance (1/4m Swim, 8m Bike, 2m Run). Women’s cut technical t-shirts, great goodie bags, one of our biggest expos of the year, a ton of raffles are just some highlights. This race is capped at 450 athletes to maintain a fun, yet lively, and laid back feel.

Due to the low cap we expect to be sold out by Mid May! This race will be held at the Smoky Hill Beach (East Side) of Cherry Creek Reservoir!

 

Event details and registration here