The Event

bike1July 23, 2016 – 11:00am
Veltus Park, Glenwood Springs

The Glenwood Springs CRUISE-A-THONg is a race for the Average Jo(e). It is a triathlon designed for the not-so-hardcore athlete in all of us! Like a triathlon, the course consists of three legs; however, ours are a bit more relaxed. The race will commence July 23, 2016 at approximately 11:00am at Veltus Park, Glenwood Springs.

  • First, a cruiser bike ride (or other self-propelled method of transportation) loop through town from Veltus park.
  • Next, a thong (that is to say, “flip-flop”) walk down the bike path along the Roaring Fork river.
  • Lastly, a tube float (or other flotation device) down the Roaring Fork river.


Bike Route

Walking / Floating Route

Walking / Floating Route

flipflop floatie

This race rewards being average, so leave your sports drinks and power gels at home! It doesn’t take brute strength, endurance or fortitude, but it does take a sense of humor, adventurous spirits and under-inflated egos. The winner is the “Jo(e)” that posts the most average time. In addition, scoring by somewhat capricious judges may also take into account bonus points for consumption of fattening snacks, gears on the race bike in excess of one, any sandals lost during the race, or any other element that makes a participant more or less average. The course will be closed after 3 hours.

Comfort Stations

MG_ 114If you are not yet convinced this race was made for you, you would be happy to know that there are comfort stations – notice they are not “aid” stations- along the way. These stations provide race participants with high caloric value snacks and simple carbohydrates to keep the participant’s energy up. These locally sponsored comfort stations will be positioned strategically along the course to provide support, comfort, and maybe a bit of song and dance for participants during the event. Of course, the event organizers want to make sure that participants are not over-exerted during the completion of this demanding don’t-try-athalon.

After Party

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Following the race is our After Party at Veltus Park which consists of live music, libations, and a ceremony to award this year’s most Average Jo(e) – the person with the average time for the race. We may also award other not-so-average participants for creative costumes and other not-so-average antics.

Please cruise responsibly! There are no open containers allowed in the race. You MUST wear a personal floatation device (PFD) at all times while floating in the river. We also strongly encourage you to wear a helmet!