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Sprint triathlon, open water swim series on horizon

— Heather and Todd Gollnick are not strangers to the world of triathlons.

As a world-class triathlete, Heather Gollnick knows the benefits of the three-sport challenges. But the couple also knows how scary it can be to do one.

With their company, Get Fit Family Racing, they are putting on a Give it a Tri sprint triathlon and children’s race Saturday.

The event begins with registration and check-in at 6 a.m. Saturday. Transitions open at 6 a.m. and will be in the upper parking lot at Old Town Hot Springs. That parking lot will be closed until noon. Athletes are asked to park at Wells Fargo or Steamboat Springs High School.

The race will begin with the competitive adult waves at 7:30 a.m. The waves will follow in 45-minute increments with the children’s 4 to 5 age group last scheduled at 10:45 a.m.

The adult divisions are broken up into beginner and competitive distances.

The beginners will swim 300 yards, do an 8-mile bike ride and a 2-mile run. The competitive division will do a 400 yard swim, 10-mile bike and 3-mile run.

The children’s divisions vary by age.

More information and the bike and run courses can be found here. The cost is $30 for children. The second child in a family is $25, the third is $20 and the fourth is free. Children’s relay teams are $70.

The adult divisions are $55 for an individual and $90 for a relay.

Bald Eagle Lake swim returns

For the second year, the Bald Eagle Lake Open Water Swim Series returns to town.

The series begins Monday at Bald Eagle Lake and follows every subsequent Monday in July.

The race features half-mile and mile swims for competitors 11 and older.

The series is designed for swimmers to get ready for triathlons or work on swimming.

“It’s a great time get out and practice your open water swimming skills for the triathlons later this summer,” series Director Jill Ruppel said.

People can register for the swims by picking up and filling out forms at the Old Town Hot Springs or by downloading them here.

The cost for preregistration is $30 per race, $100 for four races and $110 for all five.

Day-of registration is $40 and is available from 5:30 to 5:45 p.m. Races begin at 6 p.m. and swimmers can begin warming up from 5:30 to 5:50 p.m.

Wetsuits are recommended. People also can volunteer one race and get one race free.

Series prizes are determined by each swimmer’s fastest four times.

Last year, Ruth Abate won the women’s half-mile, and Tyler Terranova won the men’s. Samantha Terranova won the women’s mile, and Scott Weir won the men’s.

Those with questions can contact Ruppel at 970-879-1828, ext. 311.

To reach Luke Graham, call 970-871-4229 or email lgraham@SteamboatToday.com

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