Aspen Triathlon set for Saturday |

Aspen Triathlon set for Saturday

Aspen Times staff report
Aspen, CO Colorado

ASPEN – Triathletes ranging from rookies to veterans will get after it Saturday in Aspen.

The Aspen Triathlon will be comprised of an 800-yard indoor pool swim at the Aspen Recreation Center, 17-mile bike ride, and 4-mile run.

The swim will consist of 32 lengths in the ARC’s 25-yard pool, with the first heat beginning at 7:30 a.m. The heats will be broken into 20-minute increments.

Next, athletes will hop on their bikes for a ride to and from the Maroon Bells. The bike leg starts at the ARC and covers 17 miles with a 1,500 vertical-feet ride to the Bells.

After the bike ride, triathletes will take a 4-mile run that begins and ends at the ARC.

There’s also a duathlon that starts at 7:40 a.m. The race begins with a 2-mile run on a paved path and dirt trail, while the bike course will take the same ride as the triathlon – from the ARC to the Bells and back. After the ride, participants will run another 4 miles, from the ARC and around the Aspen Golf Club and back to the ARC.

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Another duathlon will be held as well, this time a swim and run. Participants will swim 800 yards at the ARC, then bike to and from the Maroon Bells.

Maroon Creek Road will be open to traffic, so cyclists will be required to wear helmets.

Registration is currently closed. While parking will not be available at the ARC, participants and spectators are encouraged to park at the lot at Aspen Middle School.

More details on the triathlon, which will be held in conjunction with this weekend’s Outside in Aspen festivities, can be found at http://www.aspen