Annual triathlon tests athletes’ skills in golf, pool, bowling |

Annual triathlon tests athletes’ skills in golf, pool, bowling

— There is no swimming, there is no biking and there is no running in this competition, but there also is no question that this is the longest-running triathlon in Steamboat Springs.

“I’m not sure exactly how long this has been going, but if I had to guess, I would say about 26 years,” said Tony Carlson, manager at the Snow Bowl in Steamboat Springs.

The pool, golf and bowling triathlon has become a Steamboat Springs tradition. Carlson said the event was started by league bowlers long before he began working at the Snow Bowl, and the event is still a favorite with many Steamboat Springs residents.

“I think they just wanted to do something different, and these were the events that they liked at the time,” Carlson said. “It’s still pretty popular today.”

This year’s event will take place Saturday and includes a pool tournament at the Veterans of Foreign Wars in Steamboat Springs, nine holes of golf at Steamboat Golf Club and three games of bowling at the Snow Bowl. Cost for the event is $300 for a team or $75 for an individual. There is also a post-event dinner.

The field will be limited to 24 teams, and Carlson said spots are filling up fast. If the field is full, the top prize will be close to $1,000 for the winning team. Participating athletes also will receive four tickets to an upcoming Broncos game.

The golf will be a four-person best ball with a shotgun start. Pool will be a head-to-head eight-ball tournament, and the bowling will be a no-tap tournament, in which an athlete scores a strike if they get nine pins on their first ball. Teams will be rotated between golf, pool and bowling. The event is open to men and women.

Interested participants can call 970-879-9840 for more information or to sign up for the event. The deadline to register for the event is Friday.

To reach John F. Russell, call 970-871-4209, email or follow him on Twitter @Framp1966

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