BURN­ING THE MID­NIGHT OIL

MID­NIGHT MAN TRIATHLON

Triathlon Magazine Canada - - FEATURES - BY JONATHAN HILZ

Most of the time, when you find your­self run­ning af­ter mid­night, you’re fu­elled by al­co­hol or be­ing chased by some­thing. For the en­trants in the Mid­night Man Triathlon, though, the goal is to com­pete in an in­cred­i­ble race.

Mid­night Man can be called the triathlon that hap­pened by ac­ci­dent. In 2011 race or­ga­niz­ers tried to get the lo­cal au­thor­i­ties to shut down the roads on a Sun­day in Dart­ford, U.K., a town which borders Lon­don, so they could have a triathlon. Au­thor­i­ties said no be­cause traf­fic is too busy on a Sun­day. “The man from the coun­cil said, as a joke, ‘You can have the roads overnight,’” re­calls race or­ga­nizer John Set­ford. “I left the meet­ing feel­ing very dis­ap­pointed, but then it came to me, ‘Why not hold the race over night?’ So the Mid­night Man was born.” In the first year the race had 167 en­tries. Now, six years later, the Mid­night Man caps out at 250. This year’s race takes place on Aug. 13 and 14. Set­ford is quick to point out the in­cred­i­ble en­thu­si­asm peo­ple have for this event – it’s filled the last two years.

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