By Bill Plock
September 24, 2023-–October 14th Might be the last known outdoor triathlon in Colorado. It’s in Alamosa. It’s also one of the highest triathlons in the country. Newly sanctioned by USA Triathlon this race has a strong community feel and is the fourth race as part of the Great Southwest Triathlon Series. The other races happened in Gunnison, Montrose, and Los Alamos.
You can camp at the hot springs. Bring some friends and do a relay. This is the perfect venue to bring someone new to the sport and get some late-season mountain time and enjoy the last of the fall colors.
The Splashland triathlon offers a unique finish. After completing a four-mile run and 10-mile bike course you will swim 400 yards in Colorado’s largest outdoor geothermal pool. The chilly breathtaking run and ride in the San Luis Valley is greeted by the sun rising over the Sangre de Christo range to the east and the warm waters will feel soothing in this historic pool.
Discovered in the mid-1900s the hot springs became a pool and shares land with a multi-generation farm and its unique history. Read about it here when 303 did a feature on this event. https://303cycling.com/a-lot-more-than-meets-the-eye-at-tri-in-alamosa-cool-tie-to-amelia-earhart-and-farm-that-built-pool/
The proceeds from this event help keep the pool operating and provide services for different kinds of programming from kids swimming lessons to adult therapy programs.
To register go HERE