Give it a Tri triathlon shifts to new venue |

Give it a Tri triathlon shifts to new venue

— Aimed at giving first-timers a chance to ease into the sport of triathlons, the 2015 Give it a Tri event is entering its third year and changing to a new venue at the Catamount Ranch & Club.

“I think it’s wonderful introducing new people to the sport, and for those who may be more timid, it’s nice to have something that isn’t so competitive or have distances that are not so scary or super far,” said Tasha Thrasher, who has participated in the event for the past two years and will be participating this year with her whole family. “It’s so family oriented too with the kids and relay teams; it’s so great to see the camaraderie with everyone.”

This year’s event will take play May 31 with the first wave of triathletes hitting the pool at 7:30 a.m. The biking and running portion will take place near the lake. Distances will vary depending on the division of each participant.

The adult competitive division, the first in the water, will swim 400 yards, which is about half the distance of the traditional sprint triathlon. Those racers will then bike 12 miles and run 5 miles. Beginners will ride half of all of those distances.

The five children’s age categories include 6 and under, 7-to-8, 9-to-10, 11-to-12 and 13-to-15 divisions. Relay teams are also a way to participate in one leg of the triathlon with friends or family.

“We’ve been involved with a lot of triathlons for 15 years at the highest levels but seeing the kids and the beginner adults with big smiles on their faces when crossing the finish line and that sense of accomplishment when the medal is placed around their neck is the coolest thing,” race director Todd Gollnick said. “It’s pretty inspiring.”

Although it is a competition with prizes awarded to the top three finishers in each division, the event offers an environment of support and encouragement.

“It’s great for beginners because it offers a safe environment with such great support at this event,” Thrasher said. “People are eager to learn and those who have done it before help out the other newbies. There are so many people cheering each other on that it doesn’t matter if you’ve never done it before. Everyone is supportive of each other.”

Registration remains open for the triathlon and is available online at or in person at Twisted Trails.

The cost to register for children is $45 for individuals and $75 for relay teams. The cost for adults to register is $80 per individual and $95 for relay teams. There is a 20 percent discount offered for those who register in person at Twisted Trails.

To reach Audrey Dwyer, call 970-871-4229, email or follow her on Twitter @Audrey_Dwyer1

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