No, that’s not a marijuana pun. There will be, literally, the highest triathlon in Dillon this summer!
On September 10, 2016, Dillon will host the 106-Degree West Triathlon. This is the first triathlon that has ever been held at Lake Dillon. At 10,291 miles high, it is also the highest triathlon, in terms of altitude, and will feature a “half-ironman distance” and a “quarter-man” distance. Athletes will get to swim the length of Lake Dillon for a 1.2 mile swim, followed by a 56 mile cycle route, and a 13.1 mile run. The winner will receive $25,000. There hasn’t been a triathlon in the mountains, especially with a swimming portion, because the water is typically very, very cold. Let’s just say that Lake Dillon had to jump through a lot of hoops to allow athletes to swim in the lake. Dillon is a feeder lake, which contributes to a series of other lakes throughout the mountains, which then feed into irrigation lines along the foothills. There is plenty of boating on Lake Dillon, so it’s a little unclear about why there was such an issue for people. Nevertheless, it’s allowed now!
The tri will start at the Dillon Marina, on the north side of the lake. Obviously, wet suits are mandatory since the water will be about 65 degrees or colder. From there, competitors will ride 56 miles from the lake to Montezuma, and then back to Lake Dillon. The last leg is a run along the shoreline to the Dillon Reservoir Recreation Area, then back to downtown Dillon.
The triathlon and the Town of Dillon are supporting the Challenged Athletes Foundation, which provides opportunities and support to people with physical challenges who still want to keep an active lifestyle by exercising and competing. A portion of each entry will go to the Challenged Athletes Foundation.
If you’re interested, be sure to register ASAP. Registration fees go up as the year goes on.
Participants will receive a t-shirt and a cowboy hat, and finishers will receive a belt buckle. Giddy up!