Locals compete in Boulder 70.3 Triathlon
June 15, 2016
Former Heatherwood resident Katy Blakemore finished fifth in the women’s pro competition at the Boulder Ironman 70.3 June 11. Blakemore, a teacher in Denver, got out to a strong start in the swimming leg of the triathlon, with the third-best time. The bike portion of the race was not quite as strong as she was seventh among pro women, but her run time was fifth among all women, helping her to a strong finish. Her total time of 4:21:58 put her 43rd overall.
Niwot High grad Colin Laughery of Boulder finished 24th among pro men competitors, and 28th overall. Laughery, who turned pro last year, was 31st among pro men after completing the swim, and moved up to 29th among pro men in the biking leg. His run time ranked 24th among pro men, helping him to a strong finish in his hometown race with an overall time of 4:08:45.
Niwot High grad Brie Kingsley Chambers of Johnstown finished 73rd in her division. Competing in the amateur F35-39 age group, Chambers posted an overall time of 6:38:49. She saved her best for last, moving up significantly in the run portion of the event.
The course began with a swim at the Boulder Reservoir, followed by a bike course that headed toward Longmont on the Diagonal Highway, then turned around at the Airport Road underpass, and came back to Jay Road, then over to Highway 36 and up to Neva Road and Niwot Road.
The course then took the riders north on 63rd Street to Nelson Road, west to Highway 36 and north to Highway 66, then east and back south on 75th Street and 73rd Street to the reservoir. The run sent the athletes clockwise for two laps around the Boulder Reservoir, extending as far north as Monarch Road, with the finish line back at the reservoir.