Tri the Boat triathlons return to Stagecoach for third year
Steamboat Springs — There are many variables that make Todd and Heather Gollnick’s Tri the Boat triathlons special. Held south of Steamboat Springs at Stagecoach State Park, the featured half-Ironman race is the longest of its kind in Routt County and attracts athletes from all over the country.
“It amazes me every year to see the different states that people are coming in from,” Todd Gollnick said. “It’s a pretty cool deal that they are attracted to Steamboat. A lot of them stick around for a week or so.”
The third annual Tri the Boat event gets underway at 7:30 a.m. Saturday with sprint and Olympic distance triathlons. The half-Ironman race — a 1.2-mile swim, 56-mile bike ride and half-marathon run — will take place Sunday, again starting at 7:30 a.m.
Gollnick expects to have around 300 athletes compete over the two days — a “perfect number” considering the amount of room available at Stagecoach.
“We’ve got strong numbers again, similar to what they were last year,” Gollnick said. “Things ran so smooth last year that we kind of kept things status quo for this year.”
One reason Gollnick’s event attracts people from all over is timing. With the ever-popular Ironman Boulder taking place in early August, the Tri the Boat half-Ironman is prime mountain training for that race.
There is also an award for those competing in both the half-Ironman and Saturday’s Olympic-distance triathlon — a .9-mile swim, 26-mile bike ride and 6.2-mile run. The top male and female with the best combined time from the two events taking the “Beat the Boat” crown.
“That’s a cool award and attracts some highly competitive athletes who really want to get in a couple of hard, back-to-back days of racing,” Gollnick said. “There are a lot of folks who come in to do the race up here at altitude.”
While Gollnick is happy with the current number of competitors, he said there is still room for more. Athletes can register online at tritheboat.com through Thursday. Cost is $260 for the full half-Ironman, $155 for the Olympic race and $110 for the sprint race, which is a half-mile swim, 12-mile bike ride and 3.1-mile run.
There are also options for three-person relay teams and half-Ironman and Olympic aquabike races (a two-part event that excludes running).
Packet pick-up for Saturday’s races will take place from 4 to 6 p.m. Friday at Twisted Trails, 601 Lincoln Ave. in downtown Steamboat. Packet pick-up for Sunday’s half-Ironman will be from the same times on Saturday at Twisted Trails.
Gollnick said athletes could register in person for the following day’s race at those times. He is also looking for weekend volunteers. Contact Gollnick directly at firstname.lastname@example.org if interested in helping.
“It’s a cool experience. A great one for kids,” he said of volunteering. “It’s just a fun day to cheer on the athletes.”
Sponsors of Tri the Boat include Twisted Trails, Custom Color body shop, Honey Stinger, PowerICE and Forever Fit.
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