Countdown to race day

Sunday marks second running of Steamboat Springs Triathlon

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— Folks wanting to go out for a Sunday morning cup of coffee should expect delays if they use River Road to Routt County Road 14 between Howelsen Hill and Colorado 131.

"It's going to be kind of crazy between 8:30 and 10:30 a.m. with upwards of 600 cyclists going back and forth both ways," said Steamboat Springs Triathlon race director Barry Siff, owner of 5430 Sports. There are no road closures, but Siff urged only local traffic to use the corridor if necessary. He said course marshals and public safety officers will be regulating traffic from the cross streets onto River Road/C.R. 14.

In its second consecutive year, Siff said the Steamboat Springs Triathlon has grown from 400 participants last year to just more than 600 athletes, who will begin their race at 8 a.m. Sunday from the parking lot next to the Lake Catamount boat ramp. After a brisk 3/4-mile swim out and back on the lake, racers will transition in the parking lot for the cycling leg of the race, a 20-mile ride to Howelsen Hill and back along Colo. 131, C.R. 14 and River Road. Back at the Lake Catamount boat ramp, racers will transition to running gear for a 4-mile road leg around the lake before finishing back at the transition lot.

"It's just short of an Olympic distance," Siff said. "It's good for this time of year and this community. I'm extremely excited and happy to showcase Steamboat and provide an awesome venue."

Joy Rasmussen, volunteer coordinator of the race and co-founder of the Steamboat Triathlon Club, urges fans and race supporters to arrive well before 8 a.m. to the Lake Catamount race site, where parking attendants can direct them to a nearby field.

The race starts with four-minute "wave" intervals from 8 to 8:30 a.m., based on racer age, gender and division. The race site opens at 6 a.m., for racers to set up their transition areas. Registered racers, 106 of whom Siff said are Steamboat residents, must attend a mandatory pre-race meeting at either 11 a.m. or 1 p.m., on Saturday. Visit www.5430sports.com for more information.

Siff and Rasmussen are still looking for race-day volunteers. Those interested should either call Rasmussen at 846-8678 or e-mail 5430 Sports at jodee@5430sports.com.

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