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Zoot Aspen Triathlon takes off Saturday

Dale Strode
The Aspen Times

A competitor in the Zoot Aspen Triathlon goes through the transition area during the 2013 event. The triathlon returns today to the Aspen Recreation Center (ARC).

Triathletes will be on the roads and trails around Aspen today.

The Zoot Aspen Triathlon/Duathlon returns today, sponsored by Aspen Parks and Recreation.

Trails around the Aspen Recreation Center (ARC) will be used for the event this morning as well as Maroon Creek Road, which will be used for the bike section of both the triathlon and the duathlon.

The Zoot Aspen Triathlon is an intro-level triathlon starting with an 800-yard swim (32 lengths in the 25-yard pool).

The bicycling section then covers 17 miles and 1,500 vertical feet to Maroon Bells and back to the Aspen Rec. Center.

The road is open during the competition; helmets are required.

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The run is a 4-mile course beginning and ending at the ARC. The course goes around the Aspen Golf Course in a loop.

The triathlon/duathlon will start at 7 a.m. today. The duathlon features a run and bike combination.

dstrode@aspentimes.com

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