DILLON - On a chilly Summit County morning, Jeff Suffolk is dressed in a cowboy hat and sweater.
He’s chilled but still fired up about all the athletes taking the plunge into the Dillon Reservoir for a triathlon he has spent nearly a decade helping to organize.
“It’s been 9 years in the making to get here,” Suffolk said.
On Saturday, the 106 West Triathlon got underway with 800 athletes ready to take part in the highest elevation triathlon in the world.
Summit County resident Jenny Wischmeyer put on a wet suit to prepare for the chilly waters of the Dillon Reservoir.
“Swimming in Lake Dillon is very special,” Wischmeyer said. “I have been looking at it all week on my drive to work. I can’t wait to get in the water.”
Dillon Police Chief Mark Heminghous says its normally too cold to allow swimming, which is why they had the Summit County Dive Team, boats, paddle boards and kayaks on patrol.
“Safety is paramount and we have a great crew talking care of it,” Heminghous said.
After the swim, athletes peeled off those wet suits before cycling and running around Summit County.
The overall winner was 35-year-old Colorado resident Hayley Benson. She crushed the men and women’s times today.
Now Suffolk will begin preparations for next year’s race.
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