Triathlon Club hosts workshop today

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— Race participants interested in the August 27 Steamboat Springs Triathlon should know that the clock is ticking.

Joy Rasmussen, volunteer coordinator of the race and co-founder of the Steamboat Springs Triathlon Club, said this year's race will be capped at 600 participants.

"I'm concerned that locals will wait until the last minute," Rasmussen said. "It was announced at the Boulder Peak Triathlon last weekend, which had 1,650 racers. We've got 540 signed up right now, and it will sell out by the end of the week or sooner."

Running in the Boulder triathlon, Rasmussen was reminded how important it is for racers to know that the clock is also ticking during the two crucial transition periods between race stages.

"The point of a good transition is to shave time," Rasmussen said. "When you're done with the swim and go to the bike, you could spend 10 minutes if you don't have your gear ready, in position, set to go. You need to make it automatic and rehearsed before the race. It can be daunting if you've never done it before."

The Steamboat Triathlon Club will host a workshop to address this aspect of the race at 6:30 p.m. today on the lawn behind the Colorado Group Realty office, 751 Yampa St. Titled, "Preparing for the Transition," curious athletes new to triathlons and racers looking to improve their times can benefit from the mock transition area set up by local racers Rich Hager and Bill Gamber, veterans of multiple Kona, Hawaii Ironman World Championship finishes.

As runners training for the Steamboat Triathlon learn from Hager and Gamber's race experience, they will also be reassured that the local race is considerably shorter than the Ironman's length.

Sanctioned by the USA Triathlon Association, the Steamboat Triathlon includes a 3/4-mile swim across Lake Catamount, a 20-mile bike ride to Howelsen Hill and a four-mile run to the finish. There will be a relay team division for participants wanting to only race individual stages.

Rasmussen also stressed the need for "as many volunteers as possible," for everything from body marking at the beginning of the race to traffic directors and aid station workers. Volunteers get a T-shirt and lunch and if interested, should contact Rasmussen at joy@mybrokers.com or call 846-8678.

Race registration is first-come, first-served and can be completed online at www.5430sports.com.

To reach Dave Shively, call 846-1129 or e-mail dshively@steamboatpilot.com.

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