Tuesday, February 21, 2006

Winter Triathlon Nationals in Breckenridge

The Winter Triathlon National Championship race comes to the Gold Run Nordic Center in Breckenridge this Saturday, February 25.

The event serves 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.

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 www.active.com. There is also information about the event at www.racingunderground.com or by e-mailing the event coordinator at danelle@colorado.net or calling (970) 389-4838.

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