Denver Area’s Aurora Reservoir No Longer An Option For Triathlons

Triathlon options for athletes in the metro-Denver area have become even more limited.

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Triathlon options for athletes in the metro-Denver area have become even more limited with the news that the Aurora Reservoir is no longer an option for race organizers.

Triathletes in the south metro area are lamenting an Arapahoe County road closure decision that has contributed to the cancellation of at least two triathlons at Aurora Reservoir this year.

Following through on a vote cast by the County Commissioners in 2014, Arapahoe County this year will no longer allow bike races on a portion of East Quincy Avenue that had long hosted the cycling portion of triathlons held at the reservoir at 5800 S. Powhaton Road.

“The impacts were getting too great,” Commissioner Rod Bockenfeld said. “As the population has grown, the inconvenience of these races has become greater and greater and the complaints from citizens have increased.”

The news was no surprise, but after plans for an alternate bike course contained within the reservoir property were denied because it passed too closely to the water treatment facility there, Racing Underground Events and Timing announced that two events it typically holds at Aurora Reservoir will not happen in 2016. A post on the company’s website announcing the news said the county’s decision about Quincy is “effectively ending the era of triathlons at Aurora Reservoir.”

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