The Re­turn of the On­tario Women’s Triathlon

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With the Subaru Iron Girl Canada Women’s Triathlon in Grimsby, Ont. sell­ing out months ahead of the event, it’s ap­par­ent that the de­mand for women’s-only triathlons is on the rise. To help sat­isfy that need, Mul­ti­sport Canada is res­ur­rect­ing the On­tario Women’s Triathlon af­ter a one-year ab­sence, con­tin­u­ing the tra­di­tion founded over 20 years ago in Mil­ton, Ont. by Tina and Ed Braam.

“We ac­quired the OWTS [On­tario Women’s Triathlon Se­ries] in part be­cause MSC has al­ways had the phi­los­o­phy that our races should have a warm and wel­com­ing at­mos­phere where ath­letes of all abil­i­ties can en­joy the day with us,” said John Salt, founder and pres­i­dent of Mul­ti­sport Canada. “We know that more and more women are par­tic­i­pat­ing in mass par­tic­i­pa­tion events and there is a seg­ment who pre­fer to race in a women’s-only en­vi­ron­ment. Given our phi­los­o­phy and that need it was a very ob­vi­ous fit.”

Paolina Al­lan is the hon­ourary race di­rec­tor to help en­cour­age more women to par­tic­i­pate in triathlons.

“Hav­ing a women’s-only triathlon event helps to bring out more women to the sport, if there are in­tim­i­da­tion fac­tors or bar­ri­ers, then a women’s-only race will re­ally help with that,” said Al­lan, a for­mer pro triath­lete and cur­rent elite cy­clist. “We plan on putting on clin­ics at Ge­orgina and var­i­ous lo­ca­tions. My in­ten­tion is to have women come out and give lit­tle talks on how they bal­ance a full-time job, a few kids, their chil­dren’s sports, run­ning the house­hold and how they man­age to fit train­ing in.”

“Be­ing sur­rounded by women is very em­pow­er­ing. We are a great net­work for each other, sup­port­ive of each other, en­cour­ag­ing and fun­da­men­tally I think we learn from each other,” added Al­lan.

The On­tario Women’s Triathlon takes place on Sept. 10 in Ge­orgina, Ont.

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