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Jim Henderson / 1062 Main Street, Grand Junction, Colorado 81501 USA
Phone (970) 241-6786 / FAX (970) 243-6455 / E-mail: sport@gj.net


1998 DESERT SUN HALF IRON TRIATHLON
INFORMATION PAGE


(ENTRY FORM HERE)


NAME OF RACE: DESERT SUN HALF IRON TRIATHLON

DATE OF RACE: JULY 19, 1998

DISTANCES: SWIM--1.2 MILES BIKE--56 MILES RUN--13.1 MILES

LOCATION: GRAND JUNCTION, COLORADO--RACE STARTS AND FINISHES 24 MILES NORTHWEST OF GRAND JUNCTION AT HIGHLINE LAKE STATE PARK.

RACE HOMEPAGE: www.gj.net/sport

RACE DIRECTOR: JIM HENDERSON

ADDRESS: P.O. BOX 3111, GRAND JUNCTION, CO 81502-3111

PHONE: (970) 241-6786       FAX: (970) 243-6455

E-MAIL: sport@gj.net

CONTACT: SPORTS CONNECTION

This will be the fourth year of the Desert Sun Half Iron. The Desert Sun Half Iron was first started to fill in the gap left by the only long course triathlon in the area being canceled. In the first year there were 111 athletes who started the race, with about 100 of them finishing. In 1996 the race grew to 150 athletes with 145 finishing. In 1997 the third year of the race, the Desert Sun Half Iron was designated one of the Domestic Ironman Qualifiers and the race grew to 365 athletes, with 345 finishing. In 1998 the Desert Sun Half Iron will continue as one of the Domestic Ironman Qualifying Events and will be held on July 19, 1998. The field size will be limited to 500 athletes. This restriction is due to the limited amount of parking space at Highline Lake State Park.


AVERAGE AIR TEMPERATURE: HIGH 90'S by the end of the race.

WATER TEMPERATURE: 70-73

HUMIDITY: USUALLY LESS THAN 30 %.

WETSUITS: WETSUITS ARE ALLOWED.



RACE INFORMATION:

Highline Lake State Park is located 24 miles northwest of race headquarters, the Grand Junction Hilton in Grand Junction, Colorado. The Triathlon will consist of a 1.2 mile swim in Highline Lake, a 56 mile bike and a 13.1 mile run. The elevation of Highline Lake is 4700 feet above sea level. The elevation at the bike turn around is 6287 feet above sea level.


THE COURSE:

SWIM: The swim will be a 1.2 mile swim in Highline Lake. The water temperature is expected to be between 70 and 75 degrees. Wet suits will be permitted.

BIKE: The bike ride will begin and end at Highline Lake State Park. The bike leg will be 56 miles in length with an elevation gain of 1587 feet. The bike consists of rolling hills in desert terrain. There will be three water bottle hand off stations on the bike course at approximately 14, 28, 42 and 50 miles. Each athlete is encouraged to carry at least two water bottles as it is expected to be hot on the bike ride. The first 14 miles of the bike ride is in the desert with few distractions, the second 14 miles is through lush Piñon country and is scenic. The turn around point on the bike is at the base of Douglas Pass and the rider will return to Highline Lake State Park by the same route. The bike ride is primarily held on State Highway 139, which is a wide, well-maintained highway. There are usually headwinds on the bike.

RUN: The run will be 13.1 miles on dirt trails, dirt roads and asphalt roads around and near Highline Lake. The run is on rolling desert terrain with some hills. There will be aid stations at each mile on the run. It is expected to be very hot on the run. There is a long, hot, barren section of the run that will test each athlete's mental conditioning as well as the level of physical conditioning.


NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS IN 1997: 365

FIELD LIMITED TO 500 ATHLETES/PARTICIPANTS IN 1998. THE RACE IS EXPECTED TO FILL.


1997 MALE WINNER: DARRIN ROHR -- TIME: 4:17:19
SWIM: 26:35       BIKE: 2:32:42       RUN: 1:23:21

1997 FEMALE WINNER: ANN SEIFERT -- TIME: 4:58:27
SWIM: 28:51       BIKE: 2:48:33       RUN: 1:39:04


DESERT SUN HALF IRON
IS AN IRONMAN QUALIFYING EVENT.

NUMBER OF SLOTS: 16 AGE GROUP SLOTS

1998 IRONMAN QUALIFYING SLOTS

MALE
FEMALE
Age Group
# of Slots
Age Group
# of Slots
18-24
1
18-24
1
25-29
2
25-29
1
30-34
2
30-34
1
35-39
2
35-39
1
40-44
1
40-44
1
45-54
1
45+
1
55+
1




ENTRY FEES: ENTRY FEES FOR THE 1998 DESERT SUN HALF IRON ARE:

HOTELS AND RESTAURANTS:

THE GRAND JUNCTION HILTON IS THE HOST HOTEL. ROOM RATES FOR DESERT SUN PARTICIPANTS IS $69.00 PER NIGHT (four to a room). CALL (970) 241-8888 FOR RESERVATIONS. MANY OTHER HOTELS/MOTELS ARE LOCATED ON HORIZON DRIVE NEAR THE HOST HOTEL. THERE ARE ACCOMMODATIONS IN FRUITA, COLORADO, WHICH IS ABOUT 14 MILES FROM THE RACE SITE.

THERE ARE MANY GOOD RESTAURANTS ON HORIZON DRIVE NEAR THE GRAND JUNCTION HILTON.

CLOSEST GYM: CROSSROAD TO HEALTH AND FITNESS-2768 COMPASS DRIVE-(970) 242-8746

CLOSEST POOL: LINCOLN PARK-MOYER SWIMMING POOL-LINCOLN PARK-(970) 244-1500

FOR MORE INFORMATION ON THE GRAND JUNCTION AREA, CONTACT THE VISITOR AND CONVENTION BUREAU-740 HORIZON DRIVE-GRAND JUNCTION, CO 81506-- (970) 244-1480 OR VISIT THE BUREAU'S WEBSITE AT http://www.grand-junction.net.


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