Echo Triathlon winner has sights set on Ironman |

Echo Triathlon winner has sights set on Ironman

BJ Christenson’s lanky frame is a familiar sight in the winners’ circle in the Mountain Region, but he still has a way to go to reach the podium at Hawaii’s famous Ironman event. Last year he finished 106th in a field of 2,000 athletes. This year he hopes to climb a little higher.

In the meantime, the North Salt Lake resident is setting the bar for triathletes in Colorado, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming.

On Saturday, Christenson won 10th Annual TriUtah Echo Triathlon with a time of 2 hours, 5 minutes and 1 second. The course included a 1.5-kilometer swim in Echo Reservoir, a 40-kilometer bike race and a 10-kilometer run on the Union Pacific Rail Trail.

According to Christenson, the water temperature was a little cooler and the water was higher this year, but not enough to affect his performance. There were a few potholes along the bike course that posed a challenge, but overall the veteran athlete said TriUtah organizers run an excellent event. "They are the best triathlon organizers in the state. It is a quality event in all aspects," he said.

Next up, Christenson said he plans to participate in the Jordanelle Triathlon Aug. 20. Then, if he can fit it into his schedule, he hopes to defend his title at Park City’s Mid Mountain Marathon on Sept. 11 before heading to Hawaii for the big event in October.

For race results, please see the scoreboard section in today’s print edition.