In­ter­view With the Ni­a­gara Falls Half Iron Race Di­rec­tor

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JohnSalt, founder and pres­i­dent of Mul­ti­Sport Canada, is the race di­rec­tor for the new Ni­a­gara Falls Half Iron set to take place on Sun­day Sept. 21, 2014. We caught up with Salt to find out more about this in­au­gu­ral race. TMC: So why this race, in this area and this time of the year? John Salt: The first is the avail­abil­ity of the Ni­a­gara Park­way. The city cen­tre and Ni­a­gara Park­way are ex­tremely busy dur­ing the sum­mer months and it would not be safe for ath­letes or pedes­tri­ans to hold the race from June to Au­gust. Ni­a­gara Falls, Ont. is in its own lit­tle mi­cro- cli­mate and the weather in Septem­ber is beau­ti­ful. The his­tor­i­cal data tells us the air tem­per­a­ture should be around 24 C with rain be­ing un­likely. We have been look­ing for a desti­na­tion race for a num­ber of years be­cause we wanted to cre­ate a spe­cial race for ath­letes and their fam­i­lies. Ni­a­gara Falls is an in­ter­na­tion­ally known desti­na­tion with plenty of ho­tels, at­trac­tions for chil­dren and adults and an ab­so­lutely beau­ti­ful lo­ca­tion. TMC: What are the stand­out fea­tures of this race? JS: I think a lot of ath­letes are think­ing f lat and fast, but there are a num­ber of fea­tures that they will love. We have de­signed this race so that ath­letes will fin­ish the race, have a great post-race party in Kings­bridge Park and then only have to walk 800 m to their car. Wa­ter con­di­tions should be per­fect. With the swim be­ing in the Wel­land Re­cre­ational Water­way we are vir­tu­ally guar­an­teed calm and warm wa­ter in Septem­ber. The Water­way also af­fords many op­por­tu­ni­ties for fam­ily and friends to fol­low the en­tire swim along the shore­line, or from above on the bridges that cross the canal. The bike course is rel­a­tively f lat and there are some great views along the Lake Erie sec­tion. The real stand­out is the run course. The course has two sig­nif­i­cant climbs and two quad burn­ing de­scents. The start of both de­scents will give ath­letes a panoramic view of the Amer­i­can and Cana­dian Falls. TMC: Will there be any big names rac­ing in this in­au­gu­ral event? JS: As you know our Recharge With Milk Triathlon Se­ries has had a De­vel­op­ment Team for the past three years and some of the best young triath­letes have been rac­ing with us, in­clud­ing: Lionel San­ders (first at Iron­man 70.3 Muskoka), Cody Beals, Alexan­der Van­der­Lin­den, Derek Quick, An­gela Quick, Kris­ten Marchant and Leanna Lee. We have just com­pleted dis­cus­sions with a pro­duc­tion team and the plan is to pro­duce a na­tional tele­vi­sion show. The fo­cus of that TV pro­gram will be what we are call­ing the Prospects Chal­lenge, but we’ll also be reach­ing out to other pro­fes­sional ath­letes, too.

Get more de­tails about the race at ni­a­garafall­s­triathlon. com.– RH

John Salt, Race Di­rec­tor of the Ni­a­gara Falls Half Iron The Ni­a­gara River with a view of the Amer­i­can and Cana­dian falls



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