“It’s never been easier to mix good beer with outdoor adventure. For proof, just look to the Rocky Mountain Flyathlon, a “triathlon” that involves trail running, fly-fishing and drinking craft beer. At the annual event in Saguache, Colorado, flyathletes run a 12.5-mile singletrack course, catch a trout in the Middle Creek along the way, and then drink a craft beer. Best time wins. (Times are adjusted for the size and species of fish caught).” – Outside Online
“The traditional doctrine that fly fishing is a prohibitively expensive, elitist endeavor that requires mastery to be enjoyable, is disintegrating. Instead, people are seeking out novel and approachable ways to just get out and fish. With the Flyathlon, we have created a casual and fun race environment for newbies to take the leap to learn how to fish. I think people appreciate that low-pressure opportunity. Oh, and they seem to enjoy the copious flow of diverse Colorado craft beers…”- Interview with TROUT Magazine, Summer 2016
“Outdoor adventure doesn’t get much better than the Flyathlon, an “alternative triathlon” consisting of trail running, fly fishing, and craft beer”- Canadian Running
“A triathlon by definition needs a third sport, and that’s where the beer comes in. Well, sort of. “My lawyer said you can’t make people drink during a competition,” says Todd, half-joking.”- Trail Runner Magazine
“Colorado’s coolest new triathlon.”- 5280 Magazine
“It is a competitive event at heart, but the culture behind the Flyathlon revolves much more around enjoying the outdoors, catching some beautiful native cutthroat trout and drinking amazing craft beer.”- Gear Patrol
“If you’re out riding or hiking in the San Luis Valley this summer and you see a young girl aiming a BB gun at a less-than-desirable can of beer, fear not. The people cheering her on are participants in the 3rd Annual Rocky Mountain Flyathlon- a running, fishing, and craft beer contest that raises money for trails and fish habitat. Colorado craft breweries provide event-themed beers, and craft whiskey always seems to turn up.” – Thirst Colorado
“I admit when I first heard about a Flyathlon is was perplexed, even confused. What was it? When I asked friends I was met with blank stares, the dictionary on my shelf shed no light, I felt like I was ten-years-old again looking for Waldo in one of those maddening books. Then I turned to my Google browser and the first entry it returned caught my eye—Flyathlon: run. fish. beer. Intrigued I dove in, what I found might earn the title of the best Rocky Mountain sport ever.” –Elevation Outdoors Magazine
“Todd does not compete in events he organizes, but he is hooked on the trail-run-fishing theme. So much so he has adopted a flyfishing version of photo-bombing: “fishslapping”. Todd executed the stunt during the annual Imogene Pass run on September 6, 2014, an epic 17-mile foot race from Ouray to Telluride with 5,000- plus feet of climbing. Todd packed his fishing gear at the start line and stopped at mile five to fish Canyon Creek. A fat parachute hopper fly favored him with two Brook Trout in less than ten minutes. One would have been enough, but he did not land the first one. After a quick fish photo on his race bib, Todd was back on the trail for the toughest leg. The unofficial side trip did not cost too much time, nor a DQ. He staggered across the finish just over four hours after the start, fishing gear and all with quite the fish tale.” –Cyril Vidergar, Longmont Times-Call “Pondering the Pint”
Click here to view an article on the Flyathlon that I wrote from High Country Angler.
Click here to see a recent article (news 71 spring 2015) that I wrote for the American Trail Running Association.
Click here to see an article written by Flyathlete #37, Steve Grace, in Spring 2015 edition of the inspirational, educational magazine for the dedicated fly fisher, The Drake. Steve Grace Article