LG Triathlon is July 9 in Eagle | VailDaily.com

LG Triathlon is July 9 in Eagle

Jeanette McMurtry
Special to the Daily
Vail, CO Colorado

EAGLE, Colorado – What used to be one of the most intimidating events among all amateur fitness gurus is now one of the fastest-growing events among adults in the U.S., growing in participation by over 50 percent in just two years. Any guesses? If that scary pre-fix “tri” rolled off your tongue, you scored.

Triathlons are now among the most popular sports in the U.S. as events all over the country are enticing adults to try new fitness activities in settings that are more fun than competitive. No longer just for serious athletes, triathlons are a great way for any one at any age to get in shape through cross-training and one of the safest ways to get fit, as they minimizes muscle over use and thus injury from excessive training in one sport. They also provide a great connection with other fitness-committed friends as you can compete in teams. Not all triathlons have the same distances of difficulty levels, making entry to the sport easier for adults in any fitness condition.

In the Vail Valley, one of the best introductions to the sport is the LG Triathlon, taking place July 9, at the Eagle Pool. This event, in honor of Laura Genelin, who lost her battle with cancer in July 2008, is a great course for first-time triathletes to give them a sense of accomplishment and also the competitive athletes to try to win the race and their age group.

“Triathlons are not about running a full marathon, swimming for an hour against ocean tides, and then biking Lance Armstrong-style for miles,” said Robye Nothnagel, race director of the LG Tri. “Triathlons are really a way to celebrate fitness, and for those of us organizing the LG Tri, this event is about celebrating friendships, health, and a good cause. We are really hoping to introduce new people to this wonderful sport and lifestyle, while raising money for locals in need.”

Proceeds from the LG Tri will benefit the Vail Valley Charitable Fund, an organization that has been providing assistance to families in Eagle County who are facing a financial hardship due to a medical crisis.

Course organizers have created a scenic, rewarding and achievable course that consists of:

• A 500-meter swim (10 laps in the Eagle Pool).

• A 12-mile bike loop along Brush Creek Road.

• A 5-kilometer run in the Eagle Ranch area.

Participants can either sign up as an individual or as a team with different team member’s completing different parts of the event. Entry fees are $65 for individuals, $100 for two-person teams or $ 150 for three-person teams. You can register online at http://www.active.com. The event is limited to the first 200 entries.

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