Stage set for Stagecoach triathons |

Stage set for Stagecoach triathons

What: Tri the Boat sprint and Olympic (Saturday) and half-Ironman (Sunday) triathlons

When: Races start at 8 a.m. on both Saturday and Sunday

Where: Stagecoach Reservoir, starting from the southwest corner on County Road 16. The bike course will be out County Road 14 to Colorado Highway 131, south through Phippsburg to County Road 15.

To register

Sign-up will be available at packet pick-up from 3 to 6 p.m. Friday and from 4 to 6:30 p.m. Saturday at Twisted Trails Running Company, located at 601 Lincoln Avenue in downtown Steamboat Springs. Race-day registration will not be possible. The race costs $100 for the sprint distance, $140 for Olympic and $245 for half-Ironman. Relay options are also available for $150, $180 and $275.

How far?

Sprint: 0.5 miles swim, 12.4 miles bike, 3.1 miles run

Olympic: 0.93 miles swim, 24.8 miles bike, 6.2 miles run

Half-Ironman: 1.2 miles swim, 56 miles bike, 13.1 miles run

— Todd and Heather Gollnick’s Steamboat Springs-based triathlon is called “Tri the Boat.”

People certainly seem to be taking that advice.

Back for its second summer, Todd Gollnick said the Tri the Boat Triathlon overflowed one day and is now a two-day event, with sprint and Olympic distance races on Saturday and a half-Ironman, the longest triathlon in the triathlon-happy Yampa Valley, bumped to Sunday.

“We have people traveling from all over the country who are super excited about it,” he said. “The logistics are crazy with different government entities, police, fire, medical, county. It will be a crazy couple of days, but a really beautiful experience.”

This is the first year for the sprint distance, and while that’s not the biggest of the various races, Gollnick said it did help force splitting the events into a two-day affair.

About 200 are expected for Saturday’s events, and 250 for Sunday’s, neither approaching last year’s 300 racers, but together surpassing it.

Gollnick said a 300-racer cap per day would be ideal going forward.

“What we’ve learned is that people are attracted to something that’s quality,” Gollnick said. “We really try to focus on professionalism all the way around and offering something that other race’s can’t. Our venue is very unique, gorgeous, and that provides us a quality race experience.”

Last year’s inaugural Tri the Boat was the first triathlon to dive into Stagecoach Reservoir, and now the race is back, starting at 8 a.m. both Saturday and Sunday from the southwest corner of the lake.

The swim — 0.5 miles for the sprint distance, 0.93 miles for the Olympic and 1.2 miles for the half-Ironman — will launch from a pull-off from County Road 16 near its intersection with County Road 14.

A transition zone will take over one lane of 16, and athletes will leave from there for the cycling section, out to Colorado Highway 131, south through Phippsburg and onto County Road 15, then back, 13 miles total for the sprint distance and 24.8 for the Olympic distance. The half-Ironman route will consist of two trips on that course.

The running section, meanwhile, will launch competitors down Stagecoach-area trails, 3.1 miles for the sprint, 6.2 for the Olympic and 13.1 for the half-Ironman.

Online registration for the race closed at midnight Wednesday, but it’s still possible to sign up. Packet pick-up will take place from 3 to 6 p.m. Friday at Twisted Trails, 601 Lincoln Avenue, and from 4 to 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, and registration will be available there. It will not be possible to sign up on site on the day of the race.

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

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