canadian race Pomeroy Inn & Suites Race Series
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