Try to catch Dennis Coombs for a chat, and you may have to wait until he’s finished biking up a mountain. At 64 he’s a triathlete and a health buff. And he’s also the mayor of Longmont, CO.
Coombs jokes that he’s “the fastest elected official in Colorado,” but he’s serious about being what he calls “the poster boy” for a local health coalition and Longmont’s first fit mayor.
“I like the fact that Longmont is becoming a really healthy community,” said Coombs, who admits that a healthy lifestyle wasn’t always his choice, but became a necessity when he moved from Oregon to Colorado, where hiking in the mountains left him feeling like he had "one foot in the grave.”