St. Malo Triathlon

Triathlon Magazine Canada - - GEAR -

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.

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