DESERT'S EDGE TRIATHLON RUNS THROUGH HIGHLINE LAKE STATE PARK
Credit: Colorado Parks and Wildlife
According to event organizers, the stop at Highline Lake is "the perfect way to end the Colorado tri-season."
The events begin Saturday, Sept. 13 with an early morning 1,200 meter swim in Highline Lake immediately followed by 12 mile mountain bike race looping around the north end of Highline Lake. The day's event finishes with a 4.5 mile run on the east side of the lake.
Sunday, Sept. 14, Sprint and Olympic racers will swim 750 meters and 1,500 meters in the cool water, then transition to a 21K bike route on the nearby country roads surrounding the park.The event wraps with a 5K and 10K run on the Highline Lake Trail with Highline Lake serving as a scenic background.
The event will introduce visitors from all over the United States to the outstanding outdoor recreation opportunities found at Highline Lake State Park and the nearby cities and towns of Loma, Fruita and Grand Junction.
The public is advised that camping will not be available to the general public beginning Friday through the end of the event on Sunday. Event spectators are asked to enter through the Visitor Center on the east side of the park. All other park visitors wishing to picnic, fish or boat must enter through the west gate.
Visitors on the west park road are asked to use caution and watch for runners and bicyclists.
The lake will be closed to boating during that weekend until 10 a.m., or until all swimmers are out of the water. The trail system will also be closed on both days until 2 p.m., or until all runners and bicyclists are off the trails.
All vehicles entering the park must pay for a $7 daily vehicle pass unless a $70 Colorado State Parks Annual pass is affixed to the vehicle windshield.