Volunteers have played a key role in the success of the Steamboat Springs Triathlon in the past. Volunteer coordinator Joy Rasmussen is looking for people to help with August's event. She also would like to find members of the community who are willing to be a part of a board that would help direct and organize the event.

Photo by John F. Russell

Volunteers have played a key role in the success of the Steamboat Springs Triathlon in the past. Volunteer coordinator Joy Rasmussen is looking for people to help with August's event. She also would like to find members of the community who are willing to be a part of a board that would help direct and organize the event.

Triathlon's popularity limits space

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— The 2008 Steamboat Springs Triathlon is officially sold out, but race director Barry Siff confirmed early this week that there are still a few spots for those willing to open their wallets for charity.

"We have less than 15 charity spots remaining," Siff said Monday afternoon.

Athletes who want one of those spots must pay the $90 entry fee, plus an additional $50 that will go to the ALS Therapy Development Institute. Siff says he has used the fundraising approach with other triathlons he's directed through his company, 5430 Sports, and has raised more than $100,000 for the cause.

Siff said the success of the Steamboat Springs Triathlon is not common in the sport.

"Not that many triathlons in the state of Colorado sell out," Siff said. "I think the popularity of this event is tied to the location and organization."

The Steamboat Springs Triathlon, which is scheduled for Aug. 24 at Lake Catamount, closed earlier this month after reaching the cap of 600 athletes. The charity slots are in addition to those entrees.

Siff runs the technical aspects of the event that features a three-quarter-mile swim, 20-mile bike ride and four-mile run. The event is centered near Lake Catamount, but the bike ride turns around at Howelsen Hill.

However, many of the aspects of the event are organized locally. Joy Rasmussen, who founded the race and acts as the volunteer coordinator, is a local liaison.

She says the recent popularity has convinced her to make some changes in the way it's organized.

Rasmussen hopes to form a board of directors to help organize volunteers, recruitment and supervision of the bodies necessary to help run the event. The board members would be required to attend two or maybe three meetings leading up to the event. The first meeting will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. July 24 at the Colorado Group Realty offices in downtown Steamboat. Last year, the event had more than 150 volunteers.

Rasmussen said she has been thrilled by the amount of support the event has received from the community in the past and thanks all those who have given their time to help make the event a success.

Rasmussen is looking for volunteers for this year's triathlon. She said interested people should e-mail her at joy@mybrokers.com.

-To reach John F. Russell call 871-4209 or e-mail jrussell@steamboatpilot.com

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