ITU World Triathlon Ed­mon­ton

Triathlon Magazine Canada - - GEAR -

July 28–29 With a deep triathlon his­tory dat­ing back nearly two decades, Ed­mon­ton has been wel­com­ing the world’s fastest triath­letes to Hawre­lak Park for years as a stop on the ITU WTS cir­cuit and also hosted the ITU Grand Fi­nal in re­cent years. The race also of­fers a wide range of events for age-groupers to choose from, too, mak­ing it a des­ti­na­tion race for Cana­di­ans across the coun­try.

TMC at­tended last year’s event, which played out as the ul­ti­mate triathlon fes­ti­val week­end with na­tional duathlon sprint cham­pi­onships, aquabike and aquathlon events and the op­por­tu­nity to qual­ify for the world champin­ships – all on the same course that the elites would race on later that week­end. The closed-off course runs through the park and of­fers a swim in a small and shal­low lake, a ride that heads out of the park for a short loop be­fore pass­ing by the grand­stands by the fin­ish line, fol­lowed by a run that’s spec­ta­tor-friendly, too. The race of­fers con­ve­nient trans­porta­tion for ath­letes to the park from Ed­mon­ton’s down­town area. This year the event takes place at the end of July, so the weather should be warmer than pre­vi­ous years when the race week­end has been in Septem­ber.

Great White North Triathlon

July 2 The or­ga­niz­ers of Chal­lenge Pen­tic­ton and this year’s ITU Mul­tisport World Cham­pi­onships also put on a suc­cess­ful halfdis­tance race in Stony Plain, Alta. ev­ery year. The Great White North (GWN) Triathlon has a long his­tory dat­ing back to 1991, which helps so­lid­ify it as one of Canada’s old­est triathlon races and the largest half-dis­tance race in Western Canada.

GWN, which sells out each year, draws up­wards of 800 triath­letes from all over Al­berta and B.C. each year and has hosted some leg­endary names – such as Heather Fuhr – on its fast course. A swim in the calm Hub­ble Lake is fol­lowed by a bike course along the rel­a­tively flat high­ways in the area. That’s all fol­lowed by a run through the town of Stony Plain and its trail sys­tem. The event of­fers the half dis­tance along with Olympic, re­lay and duathlon events. There are cash prizes for the top three men and women and bonuses for the fastest swim, bike and run per­for­mances of the day. The race also of­fers qual­i­fy­ing spots for the 2018 ITU World Cham­pi­onships.

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