Eric Rabesa competes Saturday in the 2013 Steamboat Springs Pentathlon at Howelsen Hill.

Photo by Luke Graham

Eric Rabesa competes Saturday in the 2013 Steamboat Springs Pentathlon at Howelsen Hill.

Steamboat Springs Pentathlon draws largest field

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— Ryder Robinson was on the move at Saturday's Steamboat Springs Pentathlon.

The 10-month-old didn’t want to sit still. His eyes darted around, and everything in Olympian Hall seemed to interest him. He had just started to crawl, and his technique was on full display as he slalomed in and out of people sitting on the floor.

It seemed appropriate that Ryder would be on the go Saturday at the pentathlon awards ceremony, where his parents, Barkley and Megan Robinson, each accepted awards.

His first word “will probably be bike,” Megan Robinson said.

So goes the life of one of Steamboat’s most athletic families.

Barkley Robinson again won the men’s standard course — his fourth win in a row — in 2 hours and 49 seconds. Harry Niedl was second in 2:10:09, and Andy Picking was third in 2:17:27.

Megan Robinson won the women’s short course for the second time in four years, finishing in 1:31:49. Tasha Thrasher was second in 1:33:38, and Angela Bogenrief was third in 1:42:58.

But things are different for the Robinsons with Ryder in tow. A child means big changes for two people who based a large part of their lives on training and competing.

Megan Robinson, who watched the pentathlon last year while she was pregnant, said the training regiment has changed.

“It used to be six days a week and two hours at a time,” she said. “Now, it’s three days a week and an hour at a time. But being a parent is so fun. Even these races are more fun now. They have a different meaning.”

Judging by Ryder’s active ways, his time to shine isn’t too far away. He’s almost certain to be an athlete, and doctors were shocked when he didn’t come out wearing a bike helmet.

For now, though, the Robinsons are enjoying parenthood and racing around with Ryder.

The pentathlon is one of the top wintertime events in Steamboat.

Saturday marked the largest field in the event's history, with more than 270 competitors lined up on a gloomy and snowy Saturday to take on the one-of-a-kind event.

It begins with a dash up Howelsen Hill. Athletes then skied or snowboarded down to the transition area before snowshoeing 2.5 miles, cross-country skiing 4 miles, biking 12 miles and finishing it all off with a 5-mile run.

The short course maintains all the disciplines but cuts the snowshoeing to 1.5 miles, the skiing to 2.25, the mountain biking to 7.4 and the running to 2 miles.

“It hurts, but it’s a super fun local event,” Barkley Robinson said. “All the elements of the different gear, it’s tough. I probably get more sore after this race than any other.”

Local stud Hannah Williams won the women’s standard course in 2:10:45. Heather Gollnick was second in 2:31:43, and Jody Corey was third in 2:47:26.

Ben Clark won the men’s short course in 1:19:07. Jeff Snook was second in 1:24:02, and Peter Spina was third in 1:27:43.

To reach Luke Graham, call 970-871-4229 or email lgraham@SteamboatToday.com

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