Triathletes fire up for Saturday

Run. Bike. Swim. What a way to spend a Saturday.

Locals and visitors to the area are invited to participate in the 10th annual Trapper Health Club Triathlon Saturday. The Triathlon is sponsored by Colorado Northwestern Community College (CNCC).

The event starts and finishes at the Craig City Park swimming pool. According to CNCC Public Information Officer Mary Morris, recreational and serious runners, swimmers, and bikers of all ages will swim at the pool, and bike or run courses that start and finish at the Craig City Park.

And it is just for fun, Ed Stehlin at Trapper Health Club said.

Individuals can compete in all events individually or as a team with different members of the team completing different activities.

The course will be divided into two categories, youth and adult.

The youth will swim 250 meters, bike 9 kilometers and run 1.5 miles. The adults will swim 550 meters, bike 12 kilometers and run 5 kilometers.

Within each category, ages will determine particular divisions. The divisions will be separated into male/female as well.

Stehlin said last year the Triathlon drew in around 40 participants. This year, with the number of different activities occurring Saturday in Craig, he is not sure how many tri-athletes will attend. He said he has received calls from people in Meeker, Steamboat Springs and surrounding areas wanting to participate.

All participants will receive commemorative t-shirts. An "after-race" breakfast will be provided this year to celebrate the Triathlon's 10th anniversary.

"The annual triathlon is exciting and reflects the college's support for fitness. We're pleased the health club sponsors it," Dean Hollenbeck, CNCC Vice President, said.

Cost to participate in the 10th Annual Trapper Health Club Triathlon is $20, or $25 the day of the race. For more information, contact Ed Stehlin at 824-6932.

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