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Triathlon splashing back into Stagecoach

The Tri the Boat triathlon returns to South Routt on Saturday and Sunday.

The Tri the Boat Triathlon will dive back into the waters of Stagecoach Reservoir this weekend, and it will do so faster than ever.

The two-day event returns with three different races on Saturday — triathlons of sprint and Olympic distances and a swim/run Splash and Dash event for children.

Then Sunday some of the best triathletes in the region will swim, bike and run in a half-Ironman-distance event that will serve as the U.S. Triathlon Regional Championships.

"We're normally drawing from all over the country for our event," race director Todd Gollnick said. "This year, it will be even a little more special."

The regional championship will allow top finishers to qualify for the U.S. Triathlon National Championships, which will take place in the fall in Miami, Florida. The event will draw on athletes from parts of five states — Colorado, New Mexico, Utah, Wyoming and Texas.

The top three finishers from each age division will advance, plus other finishers based on their times compared to those across the nation.

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That race will only be the finale of a weekend full of triathlon. It's the fourth year the Tri the Boat triathlon has taken place at South Routt County’s Stagecoach Reservoir, but there is a first this summer.

The shorter races — the sprint and Olympics events — will start at 7:30 a.m. Saturday morning. Then, a Splash and Dash race is on tap for Saturday afternoon for children. Those between 6 and 10 will swim 100 meters, then run one kilometer. Those age 11 to 15 will swim 200 meters and run two kilometers.

"The sport's growing and attracting more kids, and we're trying to bring more kids out," Gollnick said. "We want to give them a taste of what the sport is all about."

Registration for all the races remains open. Racers can register in person from 4 to 6 p.m. Friday at Twisted Trails Running Company, 601 Lincoln Ave. in downtown Steamboat Springs.

People can also register online until midnight Thursday at http://www.TritheBoat.co. The half-Ironman distance race costs $275 for an individual adult. The Olympic distance race is $200, the sprint $110 and the Splash and Dash $35.

Organizers are also still looking for help for this weekend’s race, for both paid positions and volunteers. For more information, check out http://www.TritheBoat.co and the page’s contact links.

To reach Joel Reichenberger, call 970-871-4253, email jreichenberger@SteamboatToday.com or follow him on Twitter @JReich9.