Tak­ing a dip

Try-a-Tri par­tic­i­pant pushes through ad­ver­sity

Kenora Daily Miner and News - - FRONT PAGE - ERIK PINDERA

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.

SHERI LAMB/ DAILY MINER AND NEWS

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.

ERIK PINDERA/ DAILY MINER AND NEWS

Win­nipeg­ger Mal­colm Har­vey bat­tled colon can­cer be­fore de­cid­ing to take a shot at this year's 13th an­nual Kenora Bo­re­alis Mul­ti­sport Club's triathlon.

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