- Locals from Denver sweep first place in the Sprint and Intermediate distance triathlon
- Bachelorette Season 6’s Roberto Martinez participated in sprint triathlon
Athletes swam, biked, ran and rocked around Aurora Reservoir at the inaugural TriRock Colorado Triathlon presented by REI on Saturday, July 13. Denver resident Molly Smith put the pressure on the in the intermediate run course, taking the lead among the men and women around mile 2, and ultimately placing first in the women’s and overall in 2:20:23.
In the men’s intermediate-distance race, Justin Moser placed first in 2:21:41, while Louis Cicchino followed in second place with a time of 2:21:50 and Thomas Beac rounded out the podium in third place (2:23:51). Mary Presecan and Kristen Miller placed second and third, respectively, in the women’s intermediate race.
“It was a challenging course, with some hills,” said Smith, who runs with Runner’s Roost and is training with the Rocky Mountain Triathlon Club for a Half Ironman next weekend. “I’m the strongest at running. It’s a part of the race where other people might start fading, but I tell myself, ‘run, run, you can do this.’”
Competing in his third race ever, Marc Middlekauff of Denver, Colo. crossed the finish line as the winner of the sprint race in 1:04:26. Highlands Ranch’s Dale Syta earned second overall in 1:06:50, while Denver’s Chris Dicroce rounded out the sprint podium.
“It wasn’t my goal to win, it was kind of a surprise,” Middlekauff said at the finish line. “[The race] was very well organized. It’s a fantastic group of people, with great sponsors. And it was a beautiful day.”
“The finish line was great with the support,” adds Dicroce. “I’d say this is the most well done transition area I’ve seen at any sprint triathlon. The music on the course was awesome and got me pumped up.”
In the women’s sprint race, Denver’s Amy Mossner Romero crossed the finish line first in 1:08:24, followed by Littleton’s Julianna Batizy-Morley in 1:09:29. Denver’s Alicia Caldwell made it an all age 40-plus podium, finishing in 1:11:05.
Presenting sponsor REI featured bike tech support for participants before and after the race as well as a post event photo booth to capture the memories of the day. Spectators also cheered on participants with REI cowbells. Additionally, Team REI from the flagship Denver store won the Sprint Relay competition. Further, employees from Colorado Springs-based USA Triathlon also participated on race day, and celebrated three age group wins.
Former “The Bachelorette” winner Roberto Martinez traveled to Colorado to compete in the inaugural event, finishing his second ever triathlon in 1:33:05. He competed in TriRock Clearwater last year.
“The race was great,” said Martinez. “The TriRock Series supports their athletes really well, which is important. It’s safe and there are people everywhere in case you have any trouble. I think most importantly it’s fun. Triathlons are hard enough, and the environment makes it that much easier.”
TriRock Colorado featured Sprint and Intermediate distance events as well as a three-person relay, where a team of participants split the swim, bike and run courses. The triathlon offered a rocking competition for all skill levels, complete with music along the course and a post-race party and concert. Colorado participants received a finisher’s medal, technical t-shirt, red carpet finish, post-race breakfast and access to the concert and beer garden.
The TriRock Triathlon Series next heads to Asbury Park, N.J. on Aug. 25. Learn more about the TriRock Series presented by REI at TriRockSeries.com.