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Steamboat Triathlon returns to Lake Catamount Sunday

Austin Colbert

— Steamboat Springs resident Tasha Thrasher is just hoping for a respectable race Sunday at the annual Steamboat Triathlon at Lake Catamount. Normally, she would have higher expectations but considering she is only two weeks removed from her first Ironman, Thrasher isn't sure how her body will hold up.

"Everything came together perfectly for me. I couldn't have asked for a better race. It's an epic experience," said Thrasher, 41, who took 13th in her age division at Ironman Boulder on Aug. 2. "You get a high, for sure, emotionally, and physically you then think, 'I can do anything.' Now I'm definitely feeling a little tired."

The Steamboat Triathlon, which features Olympic, sprint and aquabike races, is in its fifth year under the direction of Front Range-based Without Limits Productions. Without Limits also organized July’s Steamboat Lake Sprint triathlon.

The sprint and aquabike races — the latter only including the swim and bike portions — were new additions to the Steamboat Triathlon last year and both make a return in 2015.

"We actually have a 20 percent jump in the people doing the sprint this year over last year," said Lance Panigutti, Without Limits co-founder and event organizer. "It's setting up great. We saw a 10 percent jump in registration just in the last two to three weeks alone over last year. Which is a good sign for the event."

The course will be identical to the 2014 version, with everything centered on Lake Catamount, located just off Colorado Highway 131 south of Steamboat Springs. The Olympic race includes a 1.5-kilometer swim in the lake, a 24.8-mile bike ride that takes athletes from Lake Catamount into Steamboat and back along River Road, and a 10-kilometer run around the southern portion of the lake.

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The sprint distance is approximately half that of the Olympic distance routes. The aquabike race will feature the same swim and bike distances as the Olympic race, with only a 100-meter run to finish.

"About halfway through the run, you have a little kicker of a hill that you have to go up, and that always tends to put a little damper on your speed," said Thrasher, who frequently trains near Lake Catamount along with the Steamboat-based IronEdge triathlon team. "The swim is what I'm thinking is going to be kind of yucky just because the temperatures have been so warm, and I wonder what the lake looks like."

Saturday's packet pick-up takes place from 2 to 5 p.m. inside the Trappers Crossing Resort and Spa, located at 1795 Medicine Springs Drive in Steamboat.

Check-in begins Sunday at 6:30 a.m., with the Olympic race starting at 8 a.m. with the first of four waves of swimmers, five minutes apart. The aquabike race is scheduled to begin at 8:15 a.m. and the sprint race at 8:40 a.m. The post-race awards ceremony is scheduled for 11 a.m. near the start/finish line.

"I like that so many of the Steamboat locals do it. It's right here in my hometown. I don't have to travel anywhere for it. I just enjoy it," Thrasher said of the Steamboat Triathlon. "Without Limits is a great organization, and they put on a great race. It's just fun to hang out afterwards because friends and family can come watch."

Registration is still open and additional volunteers are being sought for Sunday's race. For more information on the race, visit withoutlimits.co. If you are interested in volunteering, Panigutti said to email him directly at lance@withoutlimits.com.

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Steamboat Triathlon

Where: The start and finish lines are at Lake Catamount, located on Routt County Road 18, which is just off Colorado Highway 131 south of Steamboat Springs. Attendants will direct vehicles to parking spots just inside the lake grounds. Expect a half-mile walk from parking to the transition area.

When: Check-in begins at 6:30 a.m. Sunday. The race begins at 8 a.m. with the first wave of the Olympic distance race, followed by the aquabike and sprint races. The awards ceremony is scheduled for 11 a.m.

How: Registration will continue until the morning of the race. Visit withoutlimits.com to register. Packet pick-up takes place from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday inside the Trappers Crossing Resort and Spa, located at 1795 Medicine Springs Drive in Steamboat Springs.