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Triathlon coming to Silverthorne?

Janice Kurbjun
Summit Daily News

Runners, bikers, swimmers prepare – a triathlon may be coming to Silverthorne.

Human Movement Management is ironing out the details of the tentative July 31 event with town officials, including securing buy-in, doing the permitting and more.

“They seem to be really behind it right now,” Human Movement co-owner Jeff Suffolk said, adding that the event could draw up to 500 people in its first year. He bases that guess on experience with similar events across the country.

Interest could come particularly from folks on the Front Range who are often confined to the pool for the swim portion, as North Pond Park plays host to an 800 meter open water swim through the pond. A wetsuit is recommended, Suffolk said.

Joanne Breigenzer, the town’s recreation and culture director, said the triathlon is a possibility.

“We like the concept of the triathlon, but we need to get into the details with (Human Management) to determine if a partnership is viable,” she said.

She added that it’s an attractive idea to have racers swim, bike and run in Silverthorne and its scenic surrounds – and that it has the potential to attract racers across the state and country.

Suffolk said the four-mile run course, which is to be determined but is expected to wind through roads and along the town’s prized Blue River Trail, will be “so pretty that people will be into it.”

And the 20-mile bike portion heads north on Colorado Highway 9 for 10 miles – allowing cyclists to take in views of the Gore Range and northern Summit County ranches – before they turn around to go back to town.

“If it turns out to be a fit for Silverthorne, an event of this nature could provide a good unique recreational opportunity and also showcase the town’s amenities and attract visitors to local restaurants, hotels, and businesses,” Breigenzer said.

Human Movement isn’t the first to bring up the triathlon idea, but there’s is the most recent proposal. They brought the Colorado Pond Hockey Tournament to North Pond Park last month, and Suffolk said they’re interested in trying some other events as well, such as concerts and festivals.


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