Winter triathlon nationals set for Saturday in Breck |

Winter triathlon nationals set for Saturday in Breck

Daily News staff report

The Winter Triathlon National Championship race comes to the Gold Run Nordic Center in Breckenridge on Saturday, Feb. 25. This event will serve as a qualifying race for elite athletes to compete in the World Winter Triathlon Championships in Sjusjoen, Norway, on March 25. There will also be a category for recreational athletes who are interested in participating.Winter triathlon is a sport consisting of three disciplines: snow running (or snowshoeing), mountain biking on snow and cross country skiing. At Gold Run there will be a “long course” and “short course.” The long course will consist of a 7K-9K run, a 12K-14K bike and a 10K-12K ski. The short course will be half the distance of the long course. There will also be a team division in which one person will run, the next will bike and the last will ski. Winter triathlon is a popular sport in Europe, and is finally making its way to the United States. Summer triathlon made its Olympic debut 10 years ago and there are some who believe winter triathlon could someday have a place at the Games.Saturday’s event will start at 10 a.m. The short course will go off first. The long course will follow at 10:15. Those interested in participating are encouraged to sign up at There is also information about the event at or by e-mailing the event coordinator at or calling (970) 389-4838. Cost is $30 and includes an event T-shirt, goodie bag, post-race meal and a fun course. A few more volunteers are also needed for the smooth running of the event. Call (970) 389-4838 if you’re interested in volunteering.The Winter Triathlon National Championship event is the second of two winter triathlons in Summit County. The first event took place at the Raven Golf Club in Silverthorne on Feb. 4. The two events make up the Summit Winter Triathlon Series.

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