Steamboat Lake Triathlon a family affair |

Steamboat Lake Triathlon a family affair

— About 160 people trekked to scenic North Routt County for the sixth annual Steamboat Lake Triathlon on Sunday.

The high-elevation race — at 8,500 feet — was again a sprint distance, but that does not mean it was easy. After a half mile swim, participants took off on the hilly, 12.4-mile bike stretch before putting on their running shoes and tackling the three and a half mile run course up “the hill” and onto a dirt trail wrapping around Steamboat Lake.

“I tried to push myself that first mile but not try to blow myself up on that hill,” said William Jurkowski, who completed the run in 21 minutes, 23 seconds. “I’m real good at thinking someone is always catching me. That how you have to race, I think.”

No one was ever able to catch him.

The 30-year-old, who lives in Boulder, was the mens overall winner, with a time of one hour, one minute, 56 seconds.

“It was not easy,” Jurkowski said.

Liz West, of Boulder, was the womens overall winner with a time of one hour, 15 minutes, 24 seconds.

Steamboat Springs resident TJ Thrasher was the first local finisher. He was in the most competitive division, with men 35 to 39 years old, and finished fourth.

Thrasher’s wife, Tasha Thrasher, was the top local womens finisher and was third, overall, for the women.

“I was faster this year,” said Tasha Thrasher, who is training for Ironman Wisconsin in September.

She has been competing in triathlons for about 14 years, and her husband picked up the sport four years ago.

“He got sick of watching me,” Tasha Thrasher said.

The Thrasher’s 8-year-old son, Tristan, has also picked up the sport and participated in a sprint race last weekend in Eagle. Tristan trains with the Old Town Hot Springs youth triathlon club and was passing out water to finishers Sunday.

“He’s into it,” Tasha Thrasher said.

The Steamboat Lake Triathlon is organized by Without Limits Productions. The group will also be putting on the Steamboat Triathlon, with sprint and Olympic distances, Aug. 21 at Lake Catamount.

To reach Matt Stensland, call 970-871-4247, email or follow him on Twitter @SBTStensland

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