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For those feeling inspired or particularly motivated Sunday, representatives from the Steamboat Triathlon will be on hand during and after the Steamboat Marathon, Half Marathon and 10K.

Joy Rasmussen, a committed triathlete and Steamboat resident, will set up a booth from 7 a.m. to noon at the Colorado Group Realty downtown office across from the Routt County Courthouse.

At the booth, people can register to race or sign up to volunteer. Gabriel Guerra, the aquatics director at the Steamboat Springs Health and Recreation Center, will be on hand, as well.

In this area, a majority of participants are more uncomfortable with the swimming leg because of their lack of training or limited access to open bodies of water. Running and biking are more common activities in Northwest Colorado, but Guerra has introduced classes at the Health and Rec to help make swimming a more comfortable activity.

“If someone is having problems swimming, I always go back to my friend who couldn’t get from wall to wall when he started,” Rasmussen said. “Having some instruction and the perseverance to get in the pool, he was able to compete in a sprint event and then an Olympic distance event. The strokes have changed over the years, so it doesn’t hurt adults to get instruction.”

The Steamboat Triathlon is at 7:30 a.m. Aug. 28 at the Lake Catamount area. It is a three-quarter mile swim, 19.5-mile bike ride and four-mile run.

The bike course will take riders along Colorado Highway 131, Routt County Road 14F, River Road, through downtown Steamboat and back toward Lake Catamount on U.S. Highway 40.

Runners will be doing an out-and-back course that basically is flat and paved.

“I’m really psyched about the course, but it’s pending city approval,” said Barry Siff, race director for 5430 Sports. “I think River Road is a great place to ride, and coming back through town and on the highway is a plus.”

As of Thursday, nearly 70 people were signed up as individuals, but Siff recently added a team division to the competition. Teams of two or three now can register for the Steamboat Triathlon. All participants can register at http://www.5430sports.com or sign up Sunday at the triathlon booth.

Rasmussen said this year’s Steamboat Triathlon is a great distance for first-timers and that there is still time left before the event to train. Those watching Sunday’s marathon and half-marathon finish, or perhaps those running who are looking for their next endurance test, will be interested in the Steamboat Triathlon.

Volunteers also are needed.

“We will use them in any capacity,” Rasmussen said. “It’s a neat experience for those who are already volunteering for the marathon and a neat experience for those who have never worked a triathlon before to see how things go. We promise lots of things for our volunteers, including a party.”