Give it a Tri triathlon kick-starts summer tri season |

Give it a Tri triathlon kick-starts summer tri season

— What is set to be a long summer of triathlon in Steamboat Springs kicks off Saturday — and with just the right tone. Designed to coax first-timers into the sport, the Give it a Tri event makes an ideal entry into the summer of racing.

“The coolest thing about the Give it a Tri is it’s something that every person can do,” director Todd Gollnick said. “We’re getting a great response for it.”

It starts bright and early with the first waves taking off at 7:30 a.m. Saturday. The swim leg will take place in Old Town Hot Springs lap pool. Just how many laps each athlete will swim will vary greatly.

The adult competitive division, the first in the water, will swim 400 yards, about half the distance of a traditional sprint triathlon. Those racers will ride 10 miles in the cycling segment, deep into Strawberry Park, then run 3 miles, from the Hot Springs to and around the track at Steamboat Springs Middle School.

There also will be a beginners division for adults with 300 yards of swimming, 8 miles of riding and 2 miles of running. Then there will be five children’s divisions, starting with ages 4 and 5. Those athletes will swim 50 yards, cycle 200 yards and run 100 yards. The distances go up with age, to the 6- to 8-year-olds division, the 9 to 11 division, a 12 to 14 division and a 15 to 17 division.

“It really worked well last year,” Gollnick said. “Seeing their faces and the faces of the parents as their kids crossed the finish line, that was pretty cool. That’s the whole idea, for people who don’t think they could do something like this.”

Registration remains open for the event and is available at It ranges from $45 for children to $65 for adults and $80 for youth relay teams and $100 for adult teams.

The race is the first of five triathlon events in Steamboat Springs this summer. The next is another Gollnick production, the Tri the Boat half-Ironman and Olympic distance triathlon June 29.

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

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