Pentathlon returns to Steamboat Springs |

Pentathlon returns to Steamboat Springs

Athletes to take on event Saturday

— Don't worry. They've checked. There's nothing else like the Steamboat Pentathlon, and Susan Petersen with Steamboat Springs Parks, Open Space and Recreational Services Department said that's what keeps the people coming back year after year.

"There's just something truly unique about it," Petersen said. "This is the only winter multi-sport event of its kind. There are a few winter triathlons, things like that, but really, this has the uniqueness."

The event will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday.

More than 220 athletes again will swarm Steamboat Springs on a series of courses so elaborate simply writing them down gets tiring. As always, the five-event wonder will begin with a dash up Howelsen Hill from the staging area at its base in downtown Steamboat Springs. Athletes then will ski or snowboard down 400 vertical feet to the transition area. They will snowshoe 2.5 miles, cross-country ski for 4 miles, bike 12 miles and finish it all off with a nice 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.

"A couple weeks ago, we were worried we would have to have a massive change in the cross-country ski course because we didn't have any snow," Petersen said. "But that worked out."

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The event draws individuals for the short and long courses as well as teams of two, three, four and five people for each course.

Both of last year's men's and women's champions are expected to return for this year's race. Barkley Robinson is the men's defending champ, and Hannah Williams won the women's race.

The deadline to register passed Monday.

To reach Joel Reichenberger, call 970-871-4253 or email

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