Taking a dip
Try-a-Tri participant pushes through adversity
On Sunday, 34 people came out to the 2017 Try-a-Tri event held alongside the Kenora Borealis Multisports Club’s 13th annual triathlon, duathlon and aquabike race at Garrow Park on Rabbit Lake.
The Try-a-Tri event was a shorter triathlon for people who have never competed in a triathlon before — a 300metre swim, a 10-kilometre cycle and a three-km run, compared to a 1,500-metre swim, a 40-km cycle and a 10-km run in the Olympic triathlon.
The event was open to anyone over 12 — organizers encouraged people young and old to give the race a shot.
But one athlete in particular had an inspiring reason for taking part in the event.
In 2015, Malcolm Harvey, an IT security consultant from Winnipeg battled colon cancer — the second most commonly diagnosed cancer in Canada and the second-leading cause of death from cancer in men, according to the Canadian Cancer Society.
Harvey had just entered his 40th decade — battling through cancer treatment into middle age, a time when many people become less active — adults aged 18 to 39 averaged 15 minutes of daily moderate-intensity and vigourous-intensity physical activity compared to 10 minutes for adults aged 40 to 59 in a 2012 Statistics Canada survey.
Harvey decided it was time to do something different — to push himself and his body.
“My goal was when I turned 40 and after going through cancer treatment that I would do a triathlon,” said Harvey. “Now, it’s the culmination of the journey to say OK, I did that, it’s off the bucket list, maybe I’ll do another one or maybe I won’t.”
Harvey wasn’t sure where he placed in the race, but he didn’t seem to care.
“I finished, I know that,” he said, laughing.
He said he believes his weakest area is swimming — something he’s struggled with since he was a child, but he found his fellow athletes helpful.
“I got a lot of tips from people from Winnipeg and Kenora on swimming technique,” said Harvey.
Whether or not he does another triathlon is up in the air, but one thing was certain on Sunday morning — he was going to take a well-deserved break.
The 13th annual Kenora Borealis Multisports (triathlon, duathlon, aquabike) event was held at Garrow Park and Rabbit Lake on Sunday, July 16 where athletes competed in Olympic and Sprint races and many did the Try-a-Tri for the first time.
Winnipegger Malcolm Harvey battled colon cancer before deciding to take a shot at this year's 13th annual Kenora Borealis Multisport Club's triathlon.