Bar­rel­man race ready to roll

The Welland Tribune - - NEWS - RAY SPITERI

The Niagara Falls Bar­rel­man Triathlon will take place Sun­day, as more than 1,000 peo­ple are sched­uled to take part in a two-kilo­me­tre swim, a 90-kilo­me­tre bike ride, and a 21.1-kilo­me­tre run.

The event is de­vel­oped by Mul­tiSport Canada.

Ac­cord­ing to event or­ga­niz­ers, it is the only point-to-point race in On­tario.

Ac­cord­ing to a video pro­mot­ing the event, the race starts with a two-kilo­me­tre swim in the Wel­land Recre­ational Wa­ter­way at the In­ter­na­tional Flat­wa­ter Cen­tre.

The bike course winds 90 kilo­me­tres through the re­gion. Ath­letes will ride un­der the Wel­land Canal, through the Town­line Tun­nel, and along the shores of the Niagara River on the Niagara Park­way.

The 21-kilo­me­tre run takes par­tic­i­pants through nu­mer­ous parks, down­town Niagara Falls, and then two loops past the falls, right by the brink of the Horse­shoe Falls.

Ath­letes end their jour­ney in Kings­bridge Park, where they will be greeted by friends, fam­ily and spec­ta­tors, fol­lowed by live en­ter­tain­ment.

Mul­tiSport Canada pres­i­dent John Salt said this is the fourth year for the Niagara Falls Bar­rel­man Triathlon, but Mul­tiSport has also held a race in Wel­land in June for the last 12 years.

Salt said he had a vi­sion of cre­at­ing a larger triathlon fes­ti­val in Niagara, which even­tu­ally be­came the cur­rent Bar­rel­man event.

“We’ve had a re­ally good work­ing re­la­tion­ship with the Niagara re­gion, all of the var­i­ous stake­hold­ers have al­ways been very sup­port­ive, so you’re al­ways look­ing for what can you do to max­i­mize eco­nomic im­pact for the re­gion where you are, and then pro­duce a big­ger event? It’s a win-win sit­u­a­tion,” he said.

Salt said it took about three years of pitch­ing the Niagara Parks Com­mis­sion and other rel­e­vant agen­cies, and now they have “prob­a­bly one of the best run­ning por­tions of a triathlon in Canada.”

“It’s iconic, spec­tac­u­lar, (par­tic­i­pants) just can’t be­lieve how great the race is. It’s some­thing for an ath­lete, when you’re run­ning along the park­way, and you’re run­ning by the falls there, the spec­ta­tors. Es­pe­cially this week­end, it’s go­ing to be 28 de­grees, you get the mist com­ing over, it’s pretty beau­ti­ful, and that’s what they love.”

To help fa­cil­i­tate the race, there will be road clo­sures along sec­tions of the Niagara Park­way and Up­per Rapids Boule­vard.

Road clo­sures will be in ef­fect from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sun­day, with a full road clo­sure of the Niagara Park­way from Up­per Rapids Boule­vard south to the Portage Road in­ter­sec­tion at Mack­lem Street.

The clo­sure will also en­com­pass Duf­ferin Is­lands, Burn­ing Springs Hill Road and will in­clude a sin­gle south­bound lane clo­sure of the Niagara Park­way from Murray Street to Up­per Rapids Boule­vard.

Dur­ing the race, par­tic­i­pants will cy­cle north along the Niagara Park­way, from Mar­shall Road in Chip­pawa to Kings­bridge Park.

Duf­ferin Is­lands, in­clud­ing ac­cess via Burn­ing Springs Hill Road, will be closed to all ve­hic­u­lar traf­fic.

Res­i­dents on Rapidsview Drive in Chip­pawa, which in­ter­sects with the Niagara Park­way, will be al­lowed ac­cess with the as­sis­tance of the Niagara Parks Po­lice.

The Ta­ble Rock Wel­come Cen­tre, Flo­ral Show­house, Falls park­ing lot, and Fraser Hill park­ing lot will all re­main open and ac­ces­si­ble.

Ad­di­tional road and/or lane clo­sures through­out the Fallsview area will be in ef­fect for the event, and may cause de­lays.

For full route de­tails, visit mul­ti­sport­canada.com/wp-con­tent/up­loads/2017/09/2017-bar­rel­manath­lete-guide.pdf.

All lanes are ex­pected to re­open at ap­prox­i­mately 6 p.m., as the last par­tic­i­pants com­plete the course, and reach the fin­ish line at Kings­bridge Park. rspi­teri@postmedia.com Twit­ter: @RaySpi­teri

PHOTO CREDIT: ZOOMPHOTO.CA

As was the case dur­ing the 2016 Niagara Falls Bar­rel­man Triathlon, the weather is sup­posed to co-op­er­ate when more than 1,000 peo­ple par­tic­i­pate in the 2017 event on Sun­day, Sept. 17.

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