Ironman Boulder Participant Killed in Collision: UPDATE

UPDATE August 9, 2016

Memorial 5k run/walk in Honor of Michelle Walters

Dizzy GOATz of Southwestern Nebraska will be holding a Memorial 5k run/walk in memory of Michelle Walters, the athlete killed during IRONMAN Boulder on Sunday August 7th.

For more information, please see their Facebook page

UPDATE August 8, 2016:

In June, Michelle had travelled to Omaha to take part in a unique race put on by the Greater Area Omaha Trail Runners or GOATz. The events race directory shared these heart felt words:

G.O.A.T.z is often times referred to as a "family", a community of runners whose well-being and success is shared jointly regardless of your location on the map, or how many G.O.A.T.z races you've run. Once you've joined us, you've become a part of the family. Michelle became a part of our family last June.

Dizzy GOAT race director's comments on their Facebook page.

Article from the Boulder Daily Camera
By Mitchell Byars , Staff Writer

For some reason, Walters veered out of the designated race lane and into the lane designated for vehicle traffic. The right side of the pickup truck hit Walters' left side, causing her to fall off her bike and be struck by the truck.

She was taken to Boulder Community Health's Foothills Hospital, where she died, according to Reid.

The driver of the truck, identified as Timothy Lacey, 55, of Boulder, was not injured. Lacey stayed on scene and cooperated with investigators after the crash.

Officials said alcohol and speed are not believed to be contributing factors in the crash, and no citations have been issued at this time.

Original complete article here

Article from the Denver Post
PUBLISHED: August 8, 2016 at 9:25 am | UPDATED: August 8, 2016 at 3:43 pm

Cyclist killed in Boulder Ironman race veered outside dedicated bike lane, state patrol says
34-year-old Michelle Walters of Nebraska was killed Sunday on U.S. 36

A bicyclist killed in a collision with a pickup truck during the Ironman Boulder race Sunday veered from a dedicated bike lane, hit the truck and fell on the road before she was run over, according to the Colorado State Patrol.

Michelle Walters, 34, of McCook, Neb., was riding westbound on U.S. 36, when she swerved out of a lane marked by cones that was set up to protect bicyclists in the race.

“She hit the truck and fell off the bicycle and was hit by some portion of the rear tire, or rear bumper,” Trooper Nate Reid said Monday.

Walters was struck by 55-year-old Boulder resident Timothy Lacey on U.S. 36 just north of Broadway at 9:57 a.m.

Original complete article here


A vehicle struck and killed a bicyclist participating in the Ironman Boulder race on U.S. 36 north of Boulder on Sunday morning, officials said.

Michelle Walters, 34, of McCook, Neb., was struck shortly before 10 a.m., about a mile west of the intersection of U.S. 36 and North Broadway, according to the Colorado State Patrol.

U.S. 36 north of Boulder had not been closed to vehicle traffic during today’s race, although it was, for a time, during the investigation into the crash.

Race officials released the following statement:

Original and complete article here


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