Pentathlon 2015

Event Date

Tue, Jan 6, 2015

Address

Boulder, CO

About This Activity

When It Starts & Ends

Tuesday, January 6th through Saturday, March 14th

Who It's For

This fun-filled training program is for the athlete who wants stay fit through the winter, have a solid training base in March for the start of spring training seasons, and learn or hone some new skills at the same time - especially snow sports! Want to keep up with your training but not feel guilty for downhill skiing on the weekends? Want to learn how to cross country ski? Want to be in good running shape in March but take a break from a pure running schedule? Then this is the program for you! This program will be the cross-trainer's dream, with downhill skiing, snowshoeing, cross country skiing, mountain biking, and (of course) running. It will culminate with the Steamboat Pentathlon on March 7th offering a standard length as well as a short-course option, and relay option (up to 5-person teams!) available as well.

 

Event details and schedule

The Event

The steamboat pentathlon offers 2 distance options, called the "Standard Course" and the "Short Course"

The Standard Course:

  • Stage 1 - Alpine Skiing (400 vertical feet) Alpine skiers charge 400 feet up Howelsen Hill on foot, put on their choice of alpine, nordic, telemark or snowboard equipment & race down 400 vertical feet to the transition area to begin the snowshoe course.
  • Stage 2 - Snowshoeing (2.5 miles) Snowshoers travel south from the transition area up "Long John" following a path through meadows and then proceeding down a beautiful winding path back to the transition area.
  • Stage 3 - Cross Country Skiing (4 miles) Nordic racers will traverse on an intermediate/expert mountain course on a groomed track utilizing a portion of the Häkan Spär loop and the Bluffs loop. Skiers may choose either classic or skate-skiing style.
  • Stage 4 - Mountain Biking (12 miles) Racers bike on a winding road which follows along the scenic Yampa River for an out-and-back course. The road remains open to traffic, so caution is of utmost importance when competing in this portion of the race. Helmets are mandatory & drafting will not be permitted. Only 26 x 1.9" or larger size tires are allowed.
  • Stage 5 - Running (5 miles) Racers run along a paved surface on the Yampa River Core Trail for an out-and-back course. Race participants return to the finish line in the transition area at Howelsen Hill.

The Short Course:

  • Stage 1 - Alpine Skiing (400 vertical feet) Alpine skiers charge 400 feet up Howelsen Hill on foot, put on their choice of alpine, nordic, telemark or snowboard equipment & race down 400 vertical feet to the transition area to begin the snowshoe course. This course is an expert run, expect hard-packed conditions.
  • Stage 2 - Snowshoeing (1.5 miles) Snowshoers travel south from the transition area up "Long John" and then proceed down a beautiful winding path back to the transition area.
  • Stage 3 - Cross Country Skiing (2.25 miles) Nordic racers will traverse 1 lap on an intermediate/expert mountain course on a groomed track utilizing a portion of the Hakan Spar loop. Skiers may choose either classic or skate-skiing style.
  • Stage 4 - Mountain Biking (7.4 miles) Racers bike on a winding road which follows along the scenic Yampa River for an out-and-back course. The road remains open to traffic, so caution is of utmost importance when competing in this portion of the race. Helmets are mandatory & drafting will not be permitted. Only 26 x 1.9" or larger size tires are allowed.
  • Stage 5 - Running (2 miles) Racers run along a paved surface on the Yampa River Core Trail for an out-and-back course. Race participants return to the finish line in the transition area at Howelsen Hill.

Group Workouts

Details coming soon...

What equipment will you need?

  • Some sort of downhill equipment - skis (telemark or downhill) or snowboard, as well as boots/bindings/poles/helmet to match. (RENTABLE)
  • Snowshoes - preferably running snowshoes (the smaller the better typically as you won't be carrying a heavy pack), and a pair of shoes dedicated to snowshoeing (often nice to wear something waterproof here). (RENTABLE)
  • Cross Country skis - skate skis or classic skis, boots/bindings/poles to match (RENTABLE)
  • Mountain Bike - minimum tire diameter for the race is 26" (27.5 or 29 are fine too) with a minimum width of 1.9", and a helmet/shoes to match. (RENTABLE)
  • Running shoes

Please contact us if you have any questions about where to find equipment to buy or rent for the program.

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