Steamboat triathletes finish high at long Front Range race

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Heather Gollnick and Mark Satkiewicz led the way for a pack of Steamboat Springs finishers at the Harvest Moon Triathlon in Aurora on Sunday.

Gollnick, a former professional triathete who recently retired to Steamboat Springs, was second in the women’s field, finishing in 4 hours, 45 minutes and 39 seconds.

Satkiewicz, president of SmartWool, placed seventh overall among the 405 solo race finishers. He beat the course — with 1.2-mile swim, 56-mile bike and a 13.1-mile running sections — in 4:28:32.

“I’m old,” Satkiewicz said with a laugh. “I think I like competing against myself more than anything else. I like actually talking to people about the race, how to race and how to train. It’s fun. I have a pretty important day job, so the triathlon is something that keeps me fit until ski season.”

Eddie Rogers wasn’t far behind, finishing 14th in 4:42:00.

Marietta Roberts also finished the half-Ironman-length race, crossing the finish line in 38th place for the women and in 5:54:50.

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