Sprint triathlon hits Steamboat Lake on Sunday
Steamboat Springs — Going into a first-year event, there always are reservations.
But on the heels of resounding success at the inaugural Steamboat Lake Sprint Triathlon, race co-director Lance Panigutti said there isn’t a reason to change things.
The only difference in Sunday’s event will be the size of the field. After attracting 310 competitors last year, Panigutti said this year’s race has been capped at 350.
“Really, last year, the 310 was a self-imposed cap,” Panigutti said. “We figured we could handle a little bit of growth. It was really a lot of things. Mainly, things went great last year. We wanted to mirror what we did last year with a slightly different scale.”
The course at Steamboat Lake will remain the same. Athletes will do a half-mile swim, a 12.4-mile bike ride and a 3.5-mile run.
The bike course is an out-and-back along Routt County Road 129. The run also goes along C.R. 129 but veers off on the Willow Creek Trail.
The race begins at 8 a.m.
The event attracts plenty of locals but also is a main attraction for people on the Front Range.
Last year, Tim Hola won the men’s event in 1 hour, 7 minutes and 59 seconds. Local Mark Satkiewicz was second in 1:10:12.
Kathryn Eastley won the women’s event in 1:15:07. Hadley Nylen was the top Steamboat finisher in 1:24:07.
Panigutti said this year’s event started getting registrations in December and sold out last week.
Panigutti, and his brother Tony took over the Steamboat triathlon in 2011. They introduced the sprint triathlon last year in connection with their company, Without Limits Productions.
Panigutti encouraged anyone interested in the Aug. 19 Steamboat Olympic Triathlon to register as soon as possible.
As of this week, only 100 spots remained. People can register by clicking here.
Anyone interested in volunteering for Sunday’s event is asked to email Panigutti at email@example.com.
To reach Luke Graham, call 970-871-4229 or email lgraham@SteamboatToday.com
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