The Center Recreation Beginner Triathlon first took place in May 2008 with a mere 15 participants attempting, and completing, the course. Eleven of the first Fifteen competitors were first timers! The second annual event in 2009 saw the inclusion of a relay category and the handing out of more than 40 participant bibs. Once again, a majority of the triathletes completed their very first race at the event. By 2010 a total of 60 participants took part in the event and the triathlon has been going strong since then.
Outstanding supporters of the Center Recreation Beginner Triathlon over the years have included the Sand Dunes Recreation Swimming Pool, Kristi Mountain Sports in Alamosa, Adams State University, Azteca De Oro Restaurant in Center, Mountain Valley Produce in Center, the Center Consolidated School District, Americorps, and the Center High School KEY Club.