Triathlon set for Sunday

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— Those who want to head out Sunday morning for a cup of coffee should expect delays if they plan to use River Road and Routt County Road 14 between Howelsen Hill and Colorado Highway 131.

Sunday is the second annual Steamboat Springs Triathlon, and race director Barry Siff expects a busy morning.

"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 Siff, owner of 5430 Sports. There are no road closures for the triathlon, but Siff urged motorists to use River Road and C.R. 14 only if necessary. He said course marshals and public safety officers will regulate traffic from the cross streets onto River Road/C.R. 14.

The Steamboat Springs Triathlon has grown from 400 participants in its inaugural year to more than 600 athletes this year, Siff said. The race begins at 8 a.m. Sunday morning in the parking lot adjacent 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 Routt County Road 18, Colo. 131, C.R. 14 and River Road. Upon returning to the Lake Catamount boat ramp, racers will transition into their running gear for a four-mile run around the Lake before finishing the triathlon in the transition lot.

"It's just short of an Olympic distance," Siff said about the race. "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 and co-founder of the Steamboat Triathlon Club, urged fans and race supporters to arrive well before 8 a.m. at 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. Sunday for racers to set up their transition areas. Registered racers, 106 of whom are Steamboat residents, must attend a mandatory pre-race meeting today at either 11 a.m. or 1 p.m. at the Lake Catamount parking lot. The race wraps up Sunday morning with an 11 a.m. awards ceremony. Visit www.5430sports.com for more information.

Siff and Rasmussen still are looking for race-day volunteers.

Those interested should call Rasmussen at 846-8678 or e-mail jodee@5430sports.com.

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