The second annual Gypsum Recreation Center Sprint Triathlon is Saturday, June 16, and is for adults and children.
Registration is due by Thursday, June 14. Adults 16 and older are $39, and youth ages 6 to 15 cost $25. The price includes a T-shirt. Participants must have their own bicycles, helmets, running shoes and swim wear.
"Compared to other races in the valley, it's very affordable," said Bill Kuhn, a personal trainer who teaches triathlon classes at GRC and is participating in the GRC Sprint Tri. "This is a good race for beginners or people who want to get warmed up for the bigger races, which typically cost around $90 to $100."
To register for the GRC Sprint Triathlon, go on line to www.wecmrd.org or call GRC Manager Scott Ruff at 777-8888.
"Sprint" implies shorter distances than a typical triathlon. Gypsum's adult division entails a 400-meter indoor swim, 12-mile bike ride and a 5K (3.1-mile) run. Check in starts at 7 a.m. on June 16 and the race begins at 7:30 a.m.
Children 6 to 10 start at 10:30 a.m. They will swim 50 yards, bike two miles and run a half-mile. Those who can't swim may wear float jackets.
Children 11 to 15 will swim 100 yards, bike four miles and run one mile.
"This might be the only triathlon for kids this year," Kuhn said. "I might organize another one in conjunction with my youth triathlon training camp in July."
The GRC also offers adult triathlon training.
"We strive to be the first sprint triathlon of the season," Ruff said. "This is a good opportunity for people who want to try their first one or prepare for other races."
The race will be canceled if there are not enough registrations by June 14.
- Derek Franz
The $64 entry fee for Gypsum's first Dirty Dozen adventure race is reduced to $49 for people who register before July 1.
The 5K race is July 14 and involves 12 muddy, military-style obstacles, similar to Beaver Creek's Tough Mudder race. The cost of registration includes a T-shirt, a ticket for one beer and admission to the Collin Raye concert at Lundgren Theater.
The Dirty Dozen "mud endurance games" will be from 8 to 11:30 a.m. and is for all ages. Children under 12 are $25.
As the race runs its course, music gets started and food and craft vendors will be on site. A beer garden is planned from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and "family mud games" will entertain everyone from 2:30 to 3 p.m. at the Lundgren Theater Park.
Admission to the all-day entertainment is $15 for people 13 and older. Children 12 and under are free when accompanied by an adult.
Music-wise, the local band Already Gone plays from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Another local band, Derringer, plays from noon to 2:30 p.m. White Water Ramble, a Denver band, plays from 3 to 5 p.m. A talent show is from 6 to 8:30 p.m., and then Collin Raye takes the stage.
To get more information abound vendors and sponsorships, contact Gypsum Special Projects Coordinator Marie Sanders at (970) 524-1740.
To register as a racer or learn more about the event, contact the Gypsum Recreation Center at (970) 777-8888 or visit the Western Eagle County Metropolitan Recreation District's website at www.wecmrd.org.
- Derek Franz
It's going to be a quiet summer for Gypsum capital improvements.
"We're kind of done," said Gypsum Town Manager Jeff Shroll. "We hope to get working on the LEDE Reservoir expansion by late summer or fall, but that's dependent on the permitting process with four entities."
Otherwise, a short bike-path extension will connect Eagle River Estates to the ECO Trail that parallels the river. Pedestrians currently have to walk along the shoulder of the road a short distance to reach the path.
Construction of the right-turn slip lane from Valley Road onto U.S. Highway 6 and correction of the highway's superelevation was recently completed. That work started last October and had to wait for the weather to warm up enough to lay asphalt.
Shroll said he hasn't seen the final numbers yet but believes that project was finished on budget, which was just over $700,000.
"Our goal was to finish it before the (Eagle Valley High School) graduation," he said.
"We figured we tore everything up enough last year and now it's time to give everyone a break," Shroll joked about the short list of capital improvements.
Once the paperwork is in place for the LEDE expansion, the reservoir will be deepened and the dam enlarged. A pipeline was finished last year.
- Derek Franz