This past weekend was the 1st Annual Headwaters Half Iron in Three Forks, MT presented by Fleet Feet Sports – Bozeman. We used the term “Iron” instead of “Ironman” for two reasons…1. Ironman is trademarked and 2. this race was somewhat smaller in stature than a typical Ironman you will find in neighboring states. Nonetheless, I must say that the race went off without any major problems and overall the athletes were pleased with how it turned out. I think the venue was excellent, consisting of a 2-lap swim in a clean pond, a beautiful 56-mile bike on quiet roads with some interesting rollers, and a two-lap run on both dirt and paved roads.
As an employee with Fleet Feet, this was my first crack at helping co-direct a race with Tony Brendgard (owner of Fleet Feet Sports – Bozeman). I did learn alot, including the fact that it’s easier to race a triathlon than it is to put one on. Hopefully, we can build on the both the popularity and size of the field. I already have some great ideas on how we could change the run course – but unfortunately it probably won’t affect the amount of shade (the heat did play a huge factor on race day). The city of Three Forks and Manhattan were extremely welcoming and easy to work with. I look forward to working with everyone again next year to make the 2nd Annual Headwaters better and a bigger draw.
I have to send a quick shout-out to all the athletes that competed and those who came to support. Congratulations to the Tritons who came out to represent (Art, Ryan, Becky, Martin, Phil, Julie), and a huge thanks to Laurie Thatcher and Chris Martin who sat in the hot sun to hand out aid for more than a couple hours. Oh, and thanks to whoever else I grabbed for help…including Eric Horn who directed traffic at the first intersection on Frontage Road. Volunteers really are the ones that make races happen.
Complete results for the Headwaters Half Iron are available here — http://www.perfect-timing.org/results/2009/headwaters/agegroups.htm.
Till next time…happy training!
Coach Aubrey, USA Triathlon Level 1 Coach, www.wenzelcoaching.com