Ben Sonntag took the victory in the first winter triathlon to be held at the Durango Nordic Center. Brian Smith of Boulder came in second and Spencer Pawlison was third overall while Jennifer Smith also of Boulder, took the tops for the women. Molly Hummel of Durango placed 2nd with Kate Chapman in 3rd. The conditions were brutal for all. Soft, sand like straightaways, blown out corners on the bike course that were littered with rookie-esque swerve lines and slow, deep ski track that left all edges cutting deep. Thomas Millerman from Cortez was ripping a Surly Pugsly during the bike leg, letting the witnesses see the beauty that is fat supple tires. DEVO head coach Chad Cheeney placed 8th overall in his first tri event. The race was a qualifier for the world championships, while the national championships will be held in Bend, OR two weeks from now.