Hundreds Compete in HITS Triathlon
KREX News Room
GRAND JUNCTION, Colo.- Hundreds of folks are giving it their all this weekend, as they compete in this year's HITS (Horse Shows In The Sun) triathlon.
HITS has been hosting events for more than 30 years, but it's the first time the national company has held a triathlon on the western slope.
Highline State Park was packed full of athletes competing in many different events.
Officials say the "open race" is one in particular that benefits many. Anyone from children and first timers, to those looking to lose some weight, can participate.
“We want to bring more people into the sport of triathlon,” said Mark Wilson, race director of HITS. “This is a great stepping stone. If they do the open, they're more likely to do our sprint, the Olympic and some day the full as they grow older.”
More than 600 athletes competed in the triathlon this weekend and officials are hoping to double that next year.
“I'm really excited to be doing this because I love doing sports and outdoor activities,” said Hunter Gottlieb, participant.
Officials add that they're still waiting for Grand Valley charities to come forward so they may donate any funds raised in future events.