HITS Triathlon Series Adds New 2012 Race in Colorado; First Full Distance Triathlon Introduced in Fort Collins

Galena, IL Event Postponed Due to Marina Renovations

Fort Collins, Colo. – October 12, 2011 – HITS, Inc. announced today that the HITS Triathlon Series, the first national race series to feature five distances at each venue with events taking place at unique destinations all year long, has added Fort Collins, CO to its list of 2012 event locations. Scheduled to take place July 28-29, HITS Triathlon Fort Collins will replace the previously scheduled Galena, IL race.

Located in northern Colorado and nestled at the base of the Rocky Mountains, Fort Collins provides the perfect backdrop for the HITS Triathlon Series. HITS, Inc. will be the first organization to host a full distance triathlon in Fort Collins, a popular race venue for triathletes throughout the region.

Six-Time Ironman World Champion Dave Scott named official race ambassador

For nearly 20 years, six-time Ironman World Champion Dave Scott has called Colorado his home. In addition to being a USA Triathlon Hall of Fame inductee, he trains many of today's most talented triathletes including this year's Ironman World Champion Chrissie Wellington. Dave will announce the start of the HITS Triathlon Series Fort Collins half and full distance races, and serve as the event's official ambassador.

"Colorado is a mecca for triathletes, so I'm extremely excited that HITS Triathlon Series will be making a stop in Fort Collins in 2012," said Dave Scott. "As a long-time resident, coach and athlete in northern Colorado, I'm personally very happy to see a full distance triathlon in my backyard. And with five distances to choose from, it is the perfect way to get friends and family participating in what is sure to be a fun-filled weekend for all."

HITS Triathlon has postponed the Galena, IL event originally scheduled to take place in July 2012. Galena Lake, the chosen location of the HITS Triathlon Series swim course, will be undergoing marina renovations due to flooding earlier this year and unavailable for a major triathlon event at that time.

"From the warm and welcoming people to its beautiful scenery and historical roots, we felt that Galena was the ideal location for a HITS Triathlon Series event in Illinois," said Mark Wilson, race director for the HITS Triathlon Series. "Although marina renovations will prevent us from holding our event in Galena this year, we are extremely fond of this town and look forward to revisiting this location for a race in the future."

Unlike other triathlon events, HITS Triathlon Series and includes five distances during a single weekend, targeting the beginner in the HITS Open and the experienced triathlete in the USAT sanctioned Sprint, Olympic, Half and Full distances. The HITS Open is a free novice participatory triathlon that will feature a 100-meter swim, a 3-mile bike and 1-mile run created especially for first-timers who never thought that competing in a triathlon was possible. The HITS promise of A distance for everyone!TM assures a challenging course geared to the unique level of training, endurance and personal goals of participants.

Registration for HITS Triathlon Fort Collins will be open soon. More information about this event and registration for all other HITS Triathlon Series races can be found at www.hitstriathlonseries.com.

About HITS, Inc.

HITS, Inc. is a special events management company primarily focused on producing endurance sports events and hunter/jumper horse shows. Based in upstate New York in the village of Saugerties, HITS is dedicated to creating high-quality events in desirable destinations with unmatched, professional operations. For more information about the HITS Triathlon Series, please visit www.hitstriathlonseries.com.



HITS Triathlon Series - Napa Valley, CA 2017 Race Recap

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HITS Triathlon Series: Utah's James Lawrence wins full triathlon

Written by Woody Wommack - Naples News

NAPLES — When James Lawrence set a goal to run 30 triathlons in 2012 and in the process set the world record, completing each race was his primary goal. On Sunday in Naples, his journey toward the world record got off to a great start when he not only finished the inaugural HITS Full Distance Triathlon, but also won the race’s overall title with a time of 10 hours, 27 minutes and 46 seconds.

“Every step the second half of the run I was feeling it,” Lawrence said. “But every time you cross that finish line it all goes away, especially when I remember why I’m doing this.”


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