Rocky Mountain Triathlon returns to Silverthorne on Aug. 9 |

Rocky Mountain Triathlon returns to Silverthorne on Aug. 9

Competitors slosh from North Pond to the Ute Pass bike leg at the 2014 Rocky Mountain Triathlon. The event returns this year with sprint, Olympic and relay categories on Aug. 7.
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Season of the tri

July 18 — Frisco Triathlon (run, road bike, stand-up paddleboard), Frisco

July 25 — AXS Summit 12-hour adventure triathlon (trail run, MTB, kayak, orienteering), Frisco

Aug. 9 — Rocky Mountain Triathlon (run, road bike, swim), Silverthorne

It may be unofficial, but when the Rocky Mountain Triathlon rolls through Silverthorne this summer competitors will feel every lung-burning letter of its title: “World’s Highest Triathlon.”

Now in its fifth year, the Rocky Mountain Triathlon has partnered with Under Armour for the Aug. 9 race, which features two competition-level tiers for triathletes from across the country.

But first, that elevation: The lowest you’ll go is 8,700 feet above sea level — pretty typical for Summit County locals — as the course winds through the north end of town, where gorgeous views of the Gore Range might distract you from the 800-meter swim, 20-mile bike ride and the final 6.2-mile run.

Hosted by Silverthorne’s parks and recreation department, the Rocky Mountain Triathlon takes competitors on a beautiful tour of Summit County with three categories: sprint, Olympic and relay. The sprint costs $80 and Olympic costs $90 until June 8. After, sprint jumps to $90 and Olympic to $100. Registration for the race ends Aug. 4.

The elevation might pose a hearty challenge for competitors, but the route itself isn’t too demanding, cruising along the Blue River bike path with gentle grades, gradual climbs and a long descent to the finish line. This tri is one for seasoned triathletes and beginners alike.

If sweating and grinding aren’t quite your cup of tea, organizers are also looking for local volunteers to help with just about everything. There are positions for checking in participants, passing out swag, assisting on the course and more.

All volunteers will receive a volunteer t-shirt, community service hours if needed and, of course, the warm fuzzies anyone gets from helping triathletes stave off cramps and the urge to just call it quits. Volunteers who are 21 or older will also receive a free beer at the end of the shift.

For race registration and more information, including volunteer details, see http://www.rockymountain

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