Highline Hustle poised for sunny competition

Highline Hustle competitors swim during the rain-soaked 2010 triathlon at Highline Lake, the first of three parts of the event. After completing the swim, racers then bicycle 16 miles and run three miles around the lake.

The good news is the weather is supposed to be sunny and clear on Saturday.

That means the Highline Hustle Triathlon at Highline Lake State Park won’t have a repeat of the cold and rain-soaked 2010 event.

“The warmer the weather, the warmer the water will be,” Grand Junction Parks and Recreation Supervisor Emily Wright said. “The water is still cold so hopefully with the warm weather, the water will be warmer as well.”

The Grand Junction Parks and Recreation sponsored event, which is entering its seventh year, begins with a 500-meter swim in Highline Lake followed by a 16-mile bike ride and finishes up with a three-mile run on a dirt route around the state park in Loma.

The race begins at 7 a.m. and the first competitors traditionally finish in just over an hour.

The race course is the same as it’s been for the past seven years.

“It’s really important for races like this to keep the same courses so people can try to do better than they did last year,” Wright said.

Wright said there are 210 athletes in this year’s Highline Hustle.

“Our goal is to give individuals a chance to come out and compete on an individual level,” Wright said. “A lot of people use the Highline to train for other triathlons, but for the majority the goal is to finish and we really want to provide the venue to do that.”

The competitors are broken into 12 different age groups beginning with ages 15-19 up to ages 70 and above.

Last year’s race was won by Marty Wacker, who finished first in 1 hour, 10 minutes and 18 seconds.

Mandy Harter was the top finisher on the women’s side in 2010 finishing first in 1:18.27.


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