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Hola, Gollnick Pocket Wins at HITS Grand Junction, CO


hitsco-hola-13.jpgHITS Triathlon Series set roots in Colorado this weekend with two days of racing at Highline Lake State Park in Grand Junction and saw some iconic athletes cross the line. Tim Hola, 39, of Highlands Ranch, Colorado powered to a 4:17:13 Half-distance victory with 43-year-old Heather Gollnick of Steamboat Springs, Colorado leading the women in 4:54:28.

HITS Triathlon Series set roots in Colorado this weekend with two days of racing at Highline Lake State Park in Grand Junction and saw some iconic athletes cross the line. Tim Hola, 39, of Highlands Ranch, Colorado powered to a 4:17:13 Half-distance victory with 43-year-old Heather Gollnick of Steamboat Springs, Colorado leading the women in 4:54:28.

Born into the sport in the 1980s, Hola has raced the World Championships in Hawaii 13 times. "It's not something that a lot of people can say they have accomplished, so to be lucky enough and healthy enough to do that is my proudest accomplishment," he said. "I can only hope that I can stay driven enough in my head to want to continue racing year after year."

Triathlon is still a family affair for Hola - his wife Nicole raced the HITS Olympic alongside his father Ken, now 70 years old. According to his two six-year-old boys, they will be triathletes too someday.

"I love this model," said Hola of HITS' "a distance for everyone"™ approach to the sport of triathlon. "It affords so many people the opportunity to be triathletes."

2013 HITS Grand Junction Triathlon Results:

Full Male Results Time
Place
Full Female Results Time
Macario Avalos 10:19:02
1
Mary Gonzales 13:18:30
Brian Folts 10:20:46
2
Laura Hronik 15:18:29
Rafael Pacheco 11:38:14
3
Carla Kohls 16:16:23
Half Male Results  
Half Female Results  
Tim Hola 4:17:13
1
Heather Gollnick 4:54:28
Owen Hammond 4:25:05
2
Amber Foster 4:59:44
Tony O'Keeffe 4:34:37
3
Nicole Callan 5:00:48
Olympic Male Results  
Olympic Female Results  
Kenny Withrow 2:14:46
1
Darlene Krohn 2:28:13
Daniel Kenney 2:16:20
2
Monica Bishop 2:30:38
Sean ONeill 2:17:45
3
Cary Callahan 2:39:31
Sprint Male Winner     Sprint Female Winner  
Mike Lyle 1:13:19
1
Holle Nichols 1:20:42

Click here to view complete results from HITS Grand Junction 2013.

hitsco-gollnick-13.jpgAfter a seven-month injury hiatus, Gollnick was back with her game face on this weekend. A five-time World Champion, she is currently training with a team of four women with hopes of setting a record at next month's Race Across America (RAAM) event.

"When events are this well-run and well-supported, it's hard not to have a good day," she said. "The bike was a high point for me - climbing out against the wind and then getting to turn around and just fly."

From course layout to available parking, HITS Race Director Mark H. Wilson admits that HITS Triathlon Series may have found a home in Colorado at Highline Lake State Park. "We have been looking for the right place for some time and we think we found it this weekend," he said. "The Colorado community is so supportive of what we strive to accomplish and, based on the athlete feedback, there are so many opportunities for this event to grow."

The 2013 HITS Triathlon Series schedule continues June 29-30 with a weekend of racing at the HITS North Country Triathlon in Hague, New York. The complete 2013 schedule is finalized and registration for all races is available at HitsTriathlonSeries.com. Due to the popular 2013 HITS pricing structure, it is expected that several of the five offered distances will sell out before each race day. As an incentive for early registration, all athletes who complete their registration more than four months out will receive 50-75% off the regular registration fee.

Source: HITS Triathlon
Photo Credit: Lindsay Yandon
 
 
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