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Triathlon Magazine Canada - - Contents Volume 8 Issue 6 - By Shawn Skene

The­new Pomeroy Inn & Suites Race Se­ries is pas­sion­ate about pro­mot­ing healthy life­styles and bring­ing big- city en­ergy to smaller west­ern towns in Al­berta and British Columbia with five triathlons in 2013. A pri­mary at­trac­tion of the se­ries is the in­clu­sion of youth races at most events, mak­ing for a great fam­ily day. As the ti­tle spon­sor of the race se­ries, Pomeroy Inn & Suites of­fers pre­ferred rates for ath­lete accommodation and ex­per­tise in cater­ing for group func­tions. Se­ries Direc­tor Andy Doucette says this en­sures that trav­el­ling par­tic­i­pants get a great night sleep and a won­der­ful get­away.

Cur­rently, the se­ries races in Al­berta in­clude Grande Prairie, Ve­gre­ville and Peace River, and the B.C. races are hosted in Fort St. John and Prince Ge­orge. The se­ries con­tin­ues to grow and new races will be added next year. The north­ern host com­mu­ni­ties, where slow­pitch and hockey are ever-pop­u­lar, wel­come the di­ver­sity of triathlon. Though the races do not at­tract the num­ber of par­tic­i­pants as races in ma­jor cities, the small town at­mos­phere gives the races a fam­ily-run feel. Par­tic­i­pants are well tended to and cel­e­brated for their ef­forts by ador­ing crowds.

Var­ied dis­tances of­fered

Grande Prairie, a city of 55,000 lo­cated in north­west Al­berta cel­e­brated its 20th edi­tion of the race in 2013. Ath­letes swim in a new mul­ti­plex 50 m pool and can race ei­ther the sprint or Olympic dis­tance as an in­di­vid­ual or with a team. The quaint town of Ve­gre­ville with a pop­u­la­tion of 5,900 lies just 100 km east of Ed­mon­ton. Ve­gre­ville fea­tures nu­mer­ous dis­tances for ath­letes to choose from in­clud­ing a Kids- of- Steel, try-a-tri and sprint race. The 7,000- strong north­west­ern com­mu­nity of Peace River, like many small Al­ber­tan towns, re­lies on agri­cul­ture and oil for its econ­omy. The Peace River race of­fers an in­di­vid­ual and team sprint race and a pool swim in three heats at the Peace Re­gional Pool.

Prince Ge­orge, B.C., the prov­ince’s largest north­ern city, and the ser­vice and sup­ply hub for one of the fastest-grow­ing re­gions in Canada, of­fers duathlon, sprint and Olympic dis­tance race op­tions for ath­letes. A mass start swim be­gins the race in West Lake Pro­vin­cial Park. Fort St. John, in B.C.’s north­east, is the old­est Euro­peanestab­lished set­tle­ment in the prov­ince. The races con­sist of a 25 m pool swim and non-tra­di­tional dis­tances mak­ing them at­trac­tive to ath­letes of all lev­els. The sprint race has a 300 m swim, 11 km bike and con­cludes with a 3 km run. The mod­i­fied Olympic race in Fort St. John has a 1,000 m swim, 36 km bike and fin­ishes up with a six km run.

With many dis­tances to chose from and the rare chance at a pool swim, the se­ries of­fers ex­cep­tional first-time rac­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties for triath­letes, par­tic­u­larly those less com­fort­able in open wa­ter. For more de­tails on the in­di­vid­ual races within the se­ries and event reg­is­tra­tion, visit pomeroyin­nand­suites­race­series.ca

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