Triathlon Magazine Canada - - FEATURES - KM

CANA­DI­ANS CAN LOOK for­ward to a cou­ple of in­ter­na­tional events in East­ern Canada next year – Ot­tawa will serve as the na­tional cham­pi­onship and a CAMTRI again in 2017 and, thanks to an aus­pi­cious de­but, Mon­treal ap­pears set to be­come a pop­u­lar stop for age groupers and elites alike at the Mon­treal In­ter­na­tional Triathlon, an ITU World Cup event.

Ot­tawa’s event, set at Dow’s Lake in the heart of the city, will qual­ify 10 ath­letes per age group for the world cham­pi­onships in both the stan­dard dis­tance race and the new age group draft-le­gal sprint event. In ad­di­tion to the ju­nior na­tional cham­pi­onship and elite CAMTRI race, the week­end also in­cludes a Kids of Steel race for kids from un­der five to 13, and fin­ishes with the al­ways ex­cit­ing mixed-team re­lay that sees four ath­letes (two men and two women) each com­plete a 300 m swim, 5.2 km bike and a 1.6 km run. B.C.’S ju­nior team took the ti­tle this year, but will cer­tainly face some stiff com­pe­ti­tion in the hunt to de­fend their ti­tle in 2017.

Mon­treal’s race, set in the heart of Old Mon­treal, in­cludes an age­group stan­dard-dis­tance race along with an­other age-group draft-le­gal sprint race fol­lowed by an ex­cit­ing af­ter­noon of ju­nior and elite rac­ing. This year’s race fea­tured 25 C wa­ter for the swim at the Jac­ques Cartier Basin fol­lowed by a spec­tac­u­lar ride through the his­toric city streets (cob­ble­stones and all) fol­lowed by a 1.65 km run loop. It’s a spec­ta­tor’s par­adise and lots of fun for the ath­letes, too. The 2016 race fea­tured a dozen Olympians who used the race as their fi­nal prep be­fore Rio, giv­ing Cana­dian triathlon fans a chance to see some of world’s best triath­letes in one of North Amer­ica’s most spec­tac­u­lar cities.–

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