Steamboat athletes unite for training |

Steamboat athletes unite for training

If you go

What: Steamboat Triathlon Club group training and information meeting

When: 6:30 p.m., Wednesday

Where: Colorado Group Realty

conference room, 509 Lincoln

— Gary Gianetti knows that Steamboat Springs’ prospective endurance runners can’t wait another day to hit the streets.

The Steamboat Marathon “is less than seven weeks away,” said Gianetti, a recent Steamboat transplant who trains year-round and recently ran in the 111th annual Boston Marathon. “You need to be doing your long, 12 to 15 mile runs right now.”

Gianetti, who has degrees in nutritional sciences, exercise physiology and health promotion, plans to give an interactive presentation on nutrition and training for distance races at the Steamboat Triathlon Club’s first meeting of the year, 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Lincoln Avenue Colorado Group Realty offices.

“The whole purpose is to get people to turn out and meet training partners,” said Triathlon Club member Kristen Lodge. “It’s not necessarily for the (Steamboat) Triathlon as much as trying to get people the right information and training tools and getting people together who enjoy the same things.”

Lodge hopes that Gianetti’s presentation will help generate more local excitement for the Sept. 15 Run Rabbit Run Steamboat 50 Ultra Marathon – a 50-mile trail race that includes 9,000 feet of climbing up Mount Werner to Rabbit Ears Peak and back.

“A lot of people drive far distances for a race like that, it’s nice to have it here, and I’m hoping people here will train for it, since it’s the first year we’ve had an ultra in Steamboat,” Lodge said. “People really need to start now and have a good three to four months of training in advance.”

The free meeting will also feature a presentation from Ian Adamson, a retired endurance athlete with an impressive resume that includes seven adventure racing world titles and three world records in endurance kayaking (262 miles in 24 hours).

Now Adamson directs The Boulder 24 Hours of Triathlon race and Lodge thinks it is a testimony to the growth of the Steamboat Triathlon Club, in its third year, that such an acclaimed athlete and race director is reaching out to Steamboat’s expanding ranks of multi-sport athletes.

“Steamboat is getting to the point where so many people are becoming interested that it’s awesome that Boulder athletes are marketing to us,” Lodge said.

The Steamboat Half Mara-

thon has filled up. Visit for registration information on the 10K and the full marathon. See for information on the Run Rabbit Run Steamboat 50 Ultra Marathon and http://www.steamboattriathlon for information on the Steamboat Triathlon Club.

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