106-Degree West Triathlon in Dillon canceled
May 4, 2017
Last September, the 106 Degree West Triathlon brought around 800 athletes to swim, run and bike through Summit County, and even more came to watch. Late last week, officials with event organizer Human Movement announced the event — dubbed the “highest triathlon in the world” — won’t be returning this summer. This morning, 9News cited traffic problems as a potential reason.
Sept. 10, 2016 marked the debut of the 106 West Triathlon, the first (and only) half-Ironman staged in the heart of Summit County. It also marked the first (and only) time athletes were allowed to swim in the frigid waters of Lake Dillon, which is otherwise closed to everything except for boats, kayaks and stand-up paddleboards.
But before the race even started, some were raising concerns over access to residents’ homes, the length of time of road closures and entry points for fire and ambulance crews if an emergency were to arise.
The complete shutdown of Montezuma Road in particular, for both those who live along the road and in unincorporated portions of the county and use it as their sole means for getting home was the primary point of contention.
Human Movement, owned by Powder Corp, decided to cancel the race and focus on events closer to Copper Mountain, 9News reported.