By Bruce Warren 

Boulder Ironman 70.3 brings over 2,000 athletes


August 10, 2017

Photo by Bruce Warren The Ironman Boulder 70.3 sent bikers along the Diagonal Highway with a turnaround at the Airport Road Underpass, with the final ride south passing along 73rd Street at Niwot Road. The running portion of the race took runners along Monarch Road west of of IBM before heading south on 63rd Street to the Boulder Reservoir finish line.

Cool weather greeted 2,151 participants in Boulder’s half-Ironman Triathlon on August 5. The event began at Boulder Reservoir with the swim leg of the event, with athletes then riding north to the edge of Longmont before returning to the Rez for the running portion of the event, which looped north around the Rez and Coot Lake before finishing back at the Rez.

Traffic in and around Niwot and Gunbarrel was delayed for several hours as roads were limited to one lane.

Colin Laughery, a Niwot High grad, finished 21st among the pro athletes, with a time of 4:04.29. Laughery, who just returned from a full Ironman at Lake Placid two weeks ago, where he finished ninth among pro racers with a time of 9:09.34, used the local race as more of a training exercise as he concentrates on full Ironman events throughout the season. Laughery finished sixth among U.S. athletes at Lake Placid, and eighth in the pro division, posting a total of 4331 points. A total of 2,758 athletes competed at Lake Placid, 30 of whom registered as professionals.

Brie Kingsley Chambers, another Niwot High grad, participated as part of a relay team at the Boulder Ironman, doing the bike leg of the event. Chambers had never participated as part of a relay before.


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