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Collegiate Recruitment Program Aims to Increase Pool of Potential Olympians
December 4, 2008 (Colorado Springs, CO) - With the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games in the rearview mirror, USA Triathlon (USAT) has turned its attention to London, England and finding those athletes who will be on the starting line at the Games in 2012.
November 23, 2008 (Tempe, AZ) - Over 150 Colorado athletes descended on Tempe for this year’s second edition of Ironman Arizona. Previously held in April, the three-year old race has now made its move to the November time slot. Boulder’s Mark Van Akkeren, along with Kieran Doe, exited the water in a record time of 46 minutes 10 seconds. Germany’s Andreas Raelert, a two-time Olympian, claimed victory in his first try at the distance. Raelert broke Michael Lovato’s 2006 course record by six minutes, finishing in 8:14:16. Durango’s Ben Hoffman finished sixth in 8:24:13. In the women’s race, the Netherland’s Heleen Van de Vaat claimed her first Ironman title with a time of 9:21:06.
New Women’s Triathlon Series Announced
November 13, 2008 (New York, NY) - Trek Bicycle has signed on as title sponsor of a new women’s triathlon series. The Trek Women’s Triathlon Series is targeting 12 cities for 2009 with more than 25,000 entrants anticipated. The Series is aimed at breaking down barriers for women athletes by providing a fun, supportive and non-intimidating atmosphere for aspiring and experienced athletes alike.
Colorado Athletes Win Age-Groups at USAT Long Course Championships
October 18, 2008 (Boulder City, NV) - More than 1,500 triathletes competed in the Halfmax (Long Course) National Championships outside Las Vegas. The Colorado contingent saw several athletes take top honors in their age groups. Amber Rydholm of Boulder won the F30-34 age group in 5:22:54. Judyann Cummings of Denver did the same in the F45-49 in her time of 5:27:15. Barbara Kostner of Lakewood took top honors in the F60-64 age group with her time of 7:58:40. For the men, Denver’s Kirk Framke won the M30-34 age group in 4:43:11. Victor Selenow of Buena Vista won the M55-59 age group in 5:36:24.
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Colorado’s Andy Potts, Michael Lovato Top Ten in Kona
Wendy Mader of Fort Collins Top Female Amateur
October 11, 2008 (Kailua-Kona, Hawaii) - This year's Ironman World Championship returned to more typical Kona conditions as the lava fields radiated immense heat in the sun and the winds buffeted the racers along the Kohala Coast. Also mimicking familiar scenarios from the past, many over-confidant pro athletes went much faster than their bodies could actually handle, only to leave them weakened when they reached the marathon. Past winners were reduced to walking or even quitting as their competitors passed them by.
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Davison Crowned National Age-Group Champion
September 20, 2008 (Hagg Lake, OR) - Boulder’s Brooke Davison, 37, capped a stellar season with her overall win in the women’s race at the USA Triathlon Age Group National Championships. In total, four Colorado triathletes took top honors in their age groups at the championships. In addition to Davison who also won the Female 35-39 age group, Steph Popelar of Parker won the Female 40-44 age group, Judyann Cummings of Denver took the title in the Female 45-49 age group, and Steve Pyle of Boulder claimed victory in the Men 50-54 age group. Many others turned in impressive performances and earned spots on Team USA.
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Reed Claims National Elite Title
September 20, 2008 (Hagg Lake, OR) - Matt Reed and Julie Ertel each used a strong run leg to pull away from the competition and win USA Triathlon Elite National titles. It was the second national title for each athlete. Reed won his first in 2004, while Ertel defended her 2007 crown. The wins also guaranteed Reed and Ertel the overall titles in the 2008 USAT Haul to the Great Elite Series.
Colorado's Walters on the Podium at ITU Long Course Worlds
August 31, 2008 (Almere, Holland) – Age-group triathlete Terri Walters, 44, of Colorado Springs claimed a bronze medal at the International Triathlon Union Long Distance Triathlon World Championships in Almere, Holland on August 31.
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August 24, 2008 (Penticton, BC) - Tracy Robertson and Justin Daer led the Colorado contingent at Ironman Canada. Belinda Granger of Australia and Bryan Rhodes of New Zealand claimed victories in the women and men's races, respectively.
Kemper Leads US Men in Beijing with 7th Place Finish
August 19, 2008 (Beijing, China) - The U.S. men's triathlon team will be coming home from their third Olympics with no medals in tow after Tuesday's race at the Ming Tombs Reservoir at the Beijing Olympic Games. Hunter Kemper finished seventh in a time of 1:49:48, improving on his ninth place finish from Athens four years ago. Jarrod Shoemaker placed 18th with a time of 1:50:46, while Matt Reed was 32nd in 1:52:30 in the first Olympics for each athlete.
Laura Bennett Just Misses Podium in Beijing
August 18, 2008 (Beijing, China) - If it weren't for a bit of cramping on the run, U.S. triathlete Laura Bennett may have found her place on the Olympic Games medal stand on Monday. Instead, the 33-year-old will have to wait four more years for another shot at glory after finishing fourth at the Beijing Olympic Games at the Ming Tombs Reservoir.
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Potts Wins Timberman Ironman 70.3 Race
August 17, 2008 (Ellacoya State Park, NH) - Andy Potts probably would rather be in Beijing, but a first place finish in New Hampshire this weekend isn't a bad consolation prize. Potts added to his wins this year at the California Ironman 70.3 races and Escape from Alcatraz, as well as seconds at the big-money Lifetime Fitness race in Minneapolis and at the Olympic Trials.
Zeiger Wins 5430 Long Course
August 10, 2008 (Boulder, CO) - Joanna Zeiger topped a tough women's field at this year's 5430 Long Course Triathlon at the Boulder Reservoir. On the men's side, Australian Simon Thompson outran his rivals for the win with a 1:11:59 half-marathon split.
Krause, McQuaide Win XTERRA Indian Peaks
August 2, 2008 (Lake Eldora, CO) - Thanks to Paul Karlsson, founder and former race director of the Boulder Peak Triathlon, the Indian Peaks mountain bike triathlon has made its debut as an official XTERRA event. Littleton's Greg Krause outpaced last year's winner, Ryan Ignatz of Boulder, to take top honors for the men. In the women's race, Canada's Melanie McQuaide claimed victory with Erin Kummer of Boulder and Kate Chapman of Breckenridge rounding out the top three.
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Reed Defends at Boulder Peak
Greenslit, Davison Top Amateurs
July 20, 2008 (Boulder, CO) - The road to Beijing goes by the Boulder Reservoir. In a tune-up for next month's Olympics, Matt Reed of Boulder defended his title at the Boulder Peak Triathlon. In the pro women's race, Jasmine Oeinck of Colorado Springs finished a close second behind Angela Naeth of Canada. In a competitive amateur field, Craig Greenslit of Berthoud and Brooke Davison of Boulder took top honors.
Ironman Lake Placid
July 20, 2008 (Lake Placid, CO) - Despite heavy rain, a hardy group of Colorado triathletes prevailed at Ironman Lake Placid. Finishers included Colorado Triathlete's publisher, Kristen McFarland, who made it to the line as the clock struck midnight.
Cady Claims Fourth Win at Danskin Denver
June 29, 2008 (Denver, CO) - Boulder's Teri Cady won the Danskin Women's Triathlon in Denver by a convincing margin of over three minutes. It was Cady's fourth win here in as many tries. Pamela Welch of Colorado Springs took 2nd.
Van Akkeren, Davison Prevail at Loveland Lake to Lake
June 28, 2008 (Loveland, CO) - Boulder's Mark Van Akkeren and Brooke Davison continued their short course dominance at the Loveland Lake to Lake Triathlon. Two weeks after claiming wins at the 5430 Sprint Triathlon, Van Akkeren and Davison did the same on Loveland's Olympic distance course. Davison, in only her first season in the sport, crushed the women's field with a resounding victory in 2:20:14. Davison and Van Akkeren posted the top swims of the day to aid their race strategies. Davison exited the 1.5K swim in 19:45, Van Akkeren in 18:08.
Lovato 3rd at Ironman Coeur d'Alene
June 22, 2008 (Coeur d'Alene, ID) - This year's Ironman Coeur d'Alene saw a hot field vie for the North America Sports USA Championship and a $75,000 prize purse. Boulder's Michael Lovato -- a former Coeur d'Alene champion -- claimed a podium spot with his 3rd place finish in 8:48:22. Tom Evans, who took the lead early in the bike, finished atop the field with his winning time of 8:34:22. Victor Zyemtsev placed 2nd in 8:43:56.
Kemper, Haskins are Beijing Bound
June 22, 2008 (Des Moines, IA) - Hunter Kemper and Sarah Haskins, who both train in Colorado Springs, earned the final available spots on the 2008 US Olympic team at the Hy-Vee ITU Triathlon World Cup in Des Moines. Kemper will be representing the United States for the third time, and Haskins will be making her first trip to the Olympics. The Olympic triathlon is set to take place in Beijing in August.
Van Akkeren, Davison Take the Boulder Triathlon Series Opener
June 15, 2008 (Boulder, CO) - The 5430 Sprint Triathlon kicked off the popular Boulder Triathlon Series with a sold-out field. Boulder's Mark Van Akkeren put in a record swim and strong bike to win the men's race ahead of Eric Peterson and Craig Greenslit. In the women's race, Boulder's Brooke Davison continued her meteoric rise in the sport with a convincing victory. Kelly Lear-Kaul and Danielle Kehoe dueled it out for 2nd and 3rd, respectively.
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Middaugh Wins XTERRA East Championship
June 15, 2008 (Richmond, VA) - Father's Day couldn't have gone any better for Josiah Middaugh from Vail, Colorado as the 29-year-old turned in a brilliant bike and gutsy run to chase down South African Dan Hugo in the last mile to become the first American since Michael Tobin in 2000 to win the XTERRA East Championship on the epic trails of the James River Park System in Richmond.
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Zeiger Wins Elite Long Course Championship
June 8, 2008 (Cambridge, MD) - Boulder's Joanna Zeiger posted the fastest bike split at this year's Eagleman Ironman 70.3 en route to claiming the Elite Long Course National Championship. Zeiger's overall time of 4:22:32 bested runner-up Dede Griesbauer by eight minutes. Kelly Handel claimed 3rd, and Boulder's Fiona Docherty finished 4th. In the men's race, Bryan Rhodes, who trains in Boulder, turned in a top-ten performance with his 7th place showing.
Tinman is Back!
May 18, 2008 (Fort Morgan, CO) - After a brief hiatus the Tinman Triathlon has returned to Fort Morgan under the direction of ZF Sports Management and Jim Flint. The race featured both a super sprint and middle distance.
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Reed, Haskins Take St. Anthony's
April 27, 2008 (St. Petersburg, FL) - In somewhat of a repeat of last week's Olympic trials, Boulder's Matt Reed outgunned Andy Potts to finish atop the men's pro field at this year's edition of the St. Anthony's Triathlon. In the women's pro race, Sarah Haskins of Colorado Springs took the top spot, Mirinda Carfrae of Boulder took 3rd, and Samantha McGlone of Colorado Springs finished 4th. Meanwhile, in the elite amateur competition, Brooke Davison led the Colorado contingent as she crushed the women's field, winning by four minutes. Craig Greenslit of Berthoud led the Colorado men with his 3rd overall finish. Josh Shadle and Aaron Hersh, both of Boulder, finished 13th and 29th, respectively.
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Reed Qualifies for Olympics
April 19, 2008 (Tuscaloosa, AL) - Boulder's Matt Reed, who recently became a US citizen, claimed a spot on the American Olympic team headed to Beijing. Reed bested Andy Potts and Hunter Kemper, both of Colorado Springs, to win the qualifier in Tuscaloosa.
CU's Larson Second at Collegiate Nationals
April 19, 2008 (Tuscaloosa, AL) - With her 2nd place finish, Leah Larson led the University of Colorado women to 3rd place in the team competition. CU was also helped by Kristen Peterson's top ten finish. On the men's side, CU took 5th in the team competition.
Tim DeBoom to Race Leadville 100
April 15, 2008 (Boulder, CO) - Tim DeBoom, a two-time Ironman World champion and America's No. 1 ranked long distance triathlete, today announces his entry in the 2008 Leadville 100 trail race, a 100 mile ultramarathon through the Rocky Mountains of Leadville, Colorado. The Leadville 100 marks DeBoom's first try at an ultramarathon and is regarded as one of the toughest annual races in the country, with runners climbing and descending a total of 15,600 feet.
Triathlon Training Scholarship Gives Athlete a Chance to 'Get Feet Wet'
March 28, 2008 (Boulder, CO) - Christine Schuldt of Denver has lofty goals of participating in the Boulder Triathlon Series this year and with the help of FastForward Sports' training program her goals are now within reach. Schuldt was awarded a triathlon training scholarship with FastForward courtesy of 5430 Sports earlier this month.