St. Malo Triathlon
June 24–25 The St. Malo Triathlon is the second stop on the Triathlon Manitoba Grand Prix series and welcomes athletes of all abilities. The race site is a short drive from Winnipeg and takes place in St. Malo Provincial Park, which offers camping (a popular choice for the athletes) as well. There are several distances offered: an Olympic, a sprint, aquabike races for both those distances, a duathlon and a trya-tri. The swim takes place in the park and the bike leads athletes out onto the roads of southern Manitoba before returning back to the park for a scenic run. St. Malo Triathlon will offer a Kids of Steel race on the June 24th/25th race weekend this year as well as a pre-race clinic for new triathletes to get familiarized with the event.
Riding Mountain Triathlon
Aug. 19–20 The Riding Mountain Triathlon claims to be “the most scenic triathlon in the Prairies,” and for good reason. The course starts with a beach-start swim in Manitoba’s Riding Mountain National Park before taking triathletes on a scenic bike ride through the park’s boreal forest, passing a mountain and prairie landscape and a panoramic view of beautiful Clear Lake. Athletes head into historic Wasagaming cottage country for the run and onto a trail with the same picturesque views of the lake. Athletes are used to spotting wild animals, such as moose, out near the course on race day. The race offers Olympic- and sprint-distance triathlon races and a duathlon as well.
The area is great for a family vacation, with camping options in the park and several cottage rentals and resorts in the area. The race takes place on Aug. 19th this year after a hiatus last year due to road reconstruction on the bike course. The now 30-year-old event is eagerly anticipated by the surrounding tri community each year and worth the trip for Canadians who want to experience all that the Prairies have to offer.