Black Canyon Triathlon

Montrose, CO

Black Canyon Triathlon – Montrose, Colorado

The 21st Annual Black Canyon Triathlon is October 1, 2022.

The Montrose Recreation Foundation proudly presents the  21st Annual Black Canyon Triathlon will be held on October 1, 2022. This event attracts about 200 athletes and their families annually to Montrose. It is a well-supported sprint distance triathlon.

There are individual youth and adult divisions, plus adult and youth teams(2 or 3 members). We also have a family team division. We have competitors that age from 6 to 70!

The money raised from this event directly benefits the community of Montrose. 

The Black Canyon Triathlon is the primary fundraiser for the Montrose Recreation Foundation (a non-profit). Funds are used to promote and expand recreational opportunities within the Montrose community. This includes activity scholarships for both youth and older adults that qualify based on financial need. These scholarships are used to participate in sports, recreation activities, swimming lessons, and access to the Montrose Community Recreation Center and Field House. In addition, local community groups that volunteer to help run the event also receive a donation to their organization.


The Black Canyon Triathlon is part of the Great Southwest Triathlon Series.

Contact: Kevin Davis Email:

Race Details

Time: 8:00 a.m.

Divisions: Youth, Adult, Team, Youth Team, Family Team.


Youth (6-10): 100 yd swim, 5k bike, .8k run.

Youth (11-14): 200 yd swim, 8.7k bike, 2.5k run.

Youth (15 to 18 years old): 500 yd swim, 22k bike, 5k run.

Adult (19 & Over): 500 yd swim, 22k bike, 5k run.

Team – Will do distance(s) corresponding to the oldest team member’s correct division.

All team divisions can be made up of either 2 or 3 people. For example: two 10-year-olds and an 11-year-old are on a team, ALL participants would do the distances for the 11-14 division.

Family Team – Distances in this division would correspond to each participant’s age, and team members would be from the same family. Example: distances if the family team consisted of an 8-year-old (100 yd swim), an adult(25k bike), and a 13-year-old (2.7k run).

Youth Team- Will do distance(s) corresponding to oldest team member’s correct division.

Registration may be limited so enter early!!!

T-shirts may be mailed for registrations received after 9/20/2022!!!

Awards: Overall top male and female. Top three finishers in the following: Team, Family Team,Youth Team (6-10,11-14,15-18),Youth male and female(6-10,11-14), Male and Female 15-18, 19-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44,45-49,50-54, 55-59,60-64, 65-69, 70+.

Start order at 8 a.m.-youth, teams, then individuals.

Follow all applicable traffic laws, as well as directions of officers and staff, as all roads other than the immediate entry and exit from the Montrose CRC ARE OPEN TO TRAFFIC!!!! Ride slowly, and with due regard at ALL intersections!!!! Officers may attempt to stop traffic for you to proceed but motorists often do not comply so be prepared!!!!

It is the responsibility of the participant to know the course, if the participant does not follow the proper course and distance they will be disqualified.

There will be limited parking at the Montrose CRC. Overflow Parking available at Cottonwood School 3500 Woodgate Rd. Please do not park along Woodgate Rd or at Walmart.

Race Fees 

On or before September 20th– Youth- $30, Youth Team – $30, Adult(19+)- $65, Team(Regular and Family) – $130

September 21th-October 2nd Youth- $30 Youth Team – $30, Adult(19+)- $75 , Team(Regular and Family) – $140

Due to the fact that this triathlon is a fundraiser, no refunds will be given.

Other Information

Weather-If, in the opinion of the Race Committee, at ANY time during the race, the conditions are jeopardizing the safety of the participants then the event will be stopped. It may, or may not, be re-started, and no refunds will be issued.

Swim-pay attention to heat information, be ready to swim 30 minutes before your heat time, no diving starts, lap counters will notify you on the last length, be supportive of personnel distributing timing chips. Permitted strokes are freestyle, back, or breast. Due to the continuous swim heats we have moved through the swim heats faster than expected so be prepared for an earlier start time!

Transition Area-WALK or jog with your bike until you cross the line, have your helmet buckled before you get on your bike, nobody ever got penalized for having their helmet on too long! Teams: be aware of designated chip transfer areas! Penalties for No Helmet or riding in transition areas will be 5 minutes each occurrence.

Bike Course-review the map, ride under control on the right, be prepared to deal with on your own minor mechanical (flats, etc.) repairs, NO drafting or pacing, pass on the left after making yourself known to others; Follow all applicable traffic laws, as well as directions of officers and staff; “spin easy” the last half mile into the Aquatic Center to ready your legs for the Run, there is 1 water Station about ½ way through the Course; for safety reasons NO headphones on the bike course!

Transition Area-Once again: WALK or jog with your bike once you get to the line. Teams: be aware of designated chip transfer areas!

Run Course-Run with your head and your legs WILL catch up! There is a water station halfway through the course.

Have fun, and encourage others!

Awards Ceremony immediately following at the Rec Center after the last competitor finishes.  That is usually about 2 p.m.


Kevin Davis Email:

When & Where

Oct 1, 2022


7:00 AM

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