Cold water expected at Highline for HITS Triathlon series


Triathlon schedule

HITS Triathlon Series

at Highline Lake State Park, 1800 11.8 Road, Loma


7 a.m.: Half and Full races start

2 p.m.: Half distance awards ceremony


7 a.m.: Sprint male wave start

7:03 a.m.: Sprint female wave start

7:40 a.m.: Olympic male wave start

7:43 a.m.: Olympic female wave start

9 a.m.: Sprint awards ceremony

10 a.m.: Full awards ceremony

11 a.m.: Olympic awards ceremony

12:30 p.m.: Open race starts

1:30 p.m.: Open awards ceremony

If you’re competing in the HITS Triathlon Series this weekend, you better bring your wet suit.

The forecast for Saturday and Sunday, the two days of the races, suggests temperatures will climb above 80 degrees. But those will be afternoon highs.

Four of the triathlons will start in the morning at Highline Lake State Park, and they begin with the swim. And the water in Highline Lake? It’s going to be cold. Any hope of warmer mid-May waters was put on ice with cooler temperatures during the past week.

HITS Endurance public relations specialist Emily Glass said midweek measurements of the water temperature at Highline Lake were 60 degrees. Good thing the HITS Triathlon Series is a USA Triathlon wet-suit-legal race.

“We encourage people to bring their wet suits,” Glass said.

The HITS Triathlon series debuted in Grand Junction a year ago and drew about 500 athletes to compete in one of five distances: Full (2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike, 26.2-mile run); Half (each distance is half of the Full); Olympic (1,500-meter swim, 24.8-mile bike; 6.2 mile run); Sprint (each distance is half of the Olympic); and Open (100-meter swim, three-mile bike, one-mile run).

For the second go-around, the courses remain the same, and Glass said about 570 people had registered as of Thursday. People can still register through 3 p.m. today by calling the New York office at 845-246-8833.

The number of athletes who show up is always lower than the number of registrants, but Glass said HITS hopes about 500 athletes will compete again.

“We’re very happy,” Glass said of the expected turnout. “We love the Grand Junction community. They’re very welcoming and supportive.”


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