Cel­e­brat­ing Canada 150, triathlon style

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In ad­di­tion to that free hik­ing you are plan­ning to do in our na­tional parks to cel­e­brate Canada 150, you might con­sider a sports tourism trip to Ot­tawa the third week­end in June for the triathlon na­tion­als, which in­clude the first na­tional univer­sity and club cham­pi­onships in this coun­try and five events (see side­bar) that are open to ev­ery­one, all at a world her­itage site venue that’s a short run, bike ride or pad­dle from Par­lia­ment Hill.

Sharon Don­nelly, race di­rec­tor for the Ot­tawa In­ter­na­tional Triathlon (OIT), host of Triathlon Canada’s na­tion­als for the sec­ond year in a row, says all univer­sity teams in the coun­try are in­vited to race on June 17 and 18 at Dow’s Lake on the Rideau Canal.

“This is your chance to com­pete for your col­lege or univer­sity and claim the ti­tle of Canada’s triathlon school.”

The same goes for triathlon clubs across the coun­try. “Not ev­ery­one who does triathlon train­ing enters races, and even where there is a strong sense of ca­ma­raderie among mem­bers of a triathlon club at com­pe­ti­tions, they are rac­ing in dif­fer­ent age cat­e­gories and di­vided by gender in the re­sults,” Don­nelly ex­plains. “This cat­e­gory al­lows mem­bers of provin­cially sanc­tioned clubs to com­pete to­gether, as a real team, for fun and for the greater glory of their club.”

In ad­di­tion to a num­ber of na­tional cham­pi­onships, the OIT will host On­tario’s only In­ter­na­tional Triathlon Union (ITU) event this year. Don­nelly says the CAMTRI Premier Amer­ica’s Cup is at­tract­ing some of North and South Amer­ica’s best triath­letes for a two-day crowd­pleas­ing show­down. All elite ath­letes will ham­mer out a su­per-sprint (300-m swim, 8-km bike, 1.6-km run) on Satur­day, and their re­sults will de­ter­mine the A and B pools for Sun­day’s sprint-dis­tance fi­nals. Ris­ing star Do­minika Jam­nicky, 24, trains in Guelph, Ont. and fin­ished third among the elites last year in Ot­tawa. She says this new for­mat will show­case the tal­ent of the best triath­letes from all across the coun­try. “The cir­cuit­style bike and run course will make for very tech­ni­cal and

high-paced rac­ing, which I love. I’m re­ally look­ing for­ward to mix­ing it up.” The elite events will of­fer Triathlon Canada a good look at the next gen­er­a­tion of triath­letes, and of­fer the ath­letes in turn an op­por­tu­nity to im­press in ad­vance of team se­lec­tions for the 2018 Com­mon­wealth Games in Gold Coast, Aus­tralia.

Don­nelly and her or­ga­niz­ing team prom­ise a fes­tive at­mos­phere in the spirit of sesqui­cen­ten­nial cel­e­bra­tions in Ot­tawa, a great place to visit dur­ing Canada 150. The race expo on Fri­day will be geared to fam­i­lies and in­clude a youth sports expo area.

Check out ot­tawa­triathlon.ca for more in­for­ma­tion and reg­is­tra­tion de­tails.—tmc

PHOTOS 2016 Ot­tawa CAMTRI

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