106-Degree West Triathlon canceled

Last summer, athletes made history when they became the first people to swim a race in the Dillion Reservoir and now it looks like they may be the last.

DILLON - At the Best Western in Dillon, Caroline Green’s busy summer season is about the start.

"It’s a very busy time, we start picking up Memorial Day weekend," Green said.

Last summer made a bigger splash than normal thanks to the 106 West Triathlon. 

"It did bring a lot of business in and a lot of exposure to the town of Dillon," Green said.

The race, a first-year event, had 800 athletes swimming, running and biking through Dillon and Summit County in the highest elevation triathlon.

For the first-time, people got to swim in the Dillon Reservoir, which is normally off limits due to cold water.

Runners took to pathways while cycling took over Summit County roads causing closures and traffic issues.

Dillon Town Manager Tom Breslin says they worked with organizers and Summit County to come up with a new course for bikes.

"We have been working with them to modify the route and we were pretty close to being successful,” Breslin said.

Ultimately, Human Movement, owned by Powder Corp, decided to cancel the race and focus on events closer to Copper Mountain,

"It’s a little disappointing, but we have to get over it and move on," Breslin said.

At the Best Western, that means some additional vacancies. 

"A lot of athletes already made reservations for this upcoming triathlon,” Green said.

Not that Green is too worried about empty rooms, knowing when the snow finally stops their business should still be booming,

"As long as the weather finally starts changing for us we’re looking forward to a great summer," Green said.

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