11th annual Summer OPEN Sprint Triathlon on Saturday May 19th is the kick off to the Colorado Triathlon Season, and we kick it off in style! It's time to dust off the bike and pull the wetsuit out of the closet for this Colorado spring classic. This race, takes place at Union Reservoir in Longmont! From beginners tackling their first event to veterans tuning up for a competitive season the Summer OPEN is about friends and teammates, smiling and cheering.
Men's or woman's cut soft technical t-shirts are back in our traditional Summer OPEN "Red". Great goodie bags, one of our biggest expos of the year, a ton of raffles, and closed bike and run course are just some of the highlights. This race is capped at 500 athletes to maintain a fun, yet lively, and laid back feel. Due to the low cap we've sold out the past 8 years so be be sure to take advantage of early registration.
SUMMER OPEN TRIATHLON SWIM COURSE (750 Meters)
The triathlon course for the Summer OPEN Sprint Triathlon will take place at Union reservoir in Longmont, Colorado, offering breathtaking views of the snow-capped mountains only miles away. The swim course is rectangular shaped, with the swimmers traveling in a counter clockwise direction. Participants exit the water at the northern end of the course next to the dock/boat ramp and run about 100 yards to the transition area along a carpeted path. Yes you read that correctly the path from the waters edge to the T/A will be CARPETED!!! The water temperature at Union Reservoir normally ranges between 60-65 this time of year.
SUMMER OPEN TRIATHLON BIKE COURSE (12.9 Miles)
The Single-Loop course for the Summer OPEN Triathlon is now construction free and smooth as ever. This course has everything a sprint triathlon could ask for; flat sections that are wide-open for passing and fully closed to traffic on CR1, rolling hills on CR7 & CR5.5, wide-shoulders, and smooth asphalt. Please be sure to review the map.
SUMMER OPEN TRIATHLON RUN COURSE (3.1 Miles):
The 5K run is an out & back course along the dirt road adjacent to Union reservoir, with only one short hill to climb just before mile 1. On the way back dont forget to look just beyond the water and you'll see a breathtaking view of Longs peak and many other snow capped mountains. There will be an aid station at just past the 1st mile that you'll hit twice on the out & back course.
DIRECTIONS TO UNION RESERVOIR
BOULDER: Take 119 towards Longmont. Go all the way through Longmont then when you hit CR1 take a left. Take your next right on CR 26 and follow all the way into Union Reservoir. We'll have a professional parking crew directing you as you get closer to the Reservoir.
DENVER/FT. COLLINS: Take I-25 and get off the the 119 exit. Head west towards Longmont and take a right on CR 1. Take your next right on CR 26 and follow all the way into Union Reservoir. We'll have a professional parking crew directing you as you get closer to the Reservoir.