2019 West­ern Canada Sum­mer Games set to host triathlon test event

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The 2019 West­ern Canada Sum­mer Games will be host­ing its sec­ond test event, a triathlon, on Sun­day at the Saskatchewan Land­ing Provin­cial Park.

Races start at 8 a.m. at Cot­ton­wood Beach (oth­er­wise known as Main Beach) and in­clude Sprint, Su­per Sprint, Try-a-tri and Kids of Steel Aquathlon events. As a re­sult, High­way 261 will be closed from 7:30 a.m. un­til ap­prox­i­mately 11 a.m.

“We run test events in or­der help en­sure that we will be pre­pared for the real thing next sum­mer,” says Games man­ager, Denise Bar­bier. “It’s a fun, proac­tive ap­proach for check­ing the routes and iden­ti­fy­ing any po­ten­tial is­sues that may come up.”

Triathlon en­thu­si­asts around the prairie prov­inces have reg­is­tered for the Sprint, which is a 750 m swim, a 21.3 km bike ride and 5 km run, and the Su­per Sprint, which in­cludes a 500 m swim, 12.4 km bike ride and a 3 km run.

“This is a won­der­ful op­por­tu­nity for cur­rent triath­letes and in­di­vid­u­als that are new to the sport,” says Chris Gdan­ski, ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of Triathlon Saskatchewan. “We even have an event for younger kids.”

The Try-a-tri event, which is a 250 m swim, 4.6 km bike ride and 2 km run, is meant for the more un­ex­pe­ri­enced ath­lete that is want­ing to try the sport and the Kids of Steel Aquathlon, con­tains a swim and run for chil­dren 12 and un­der.

Vol­un­teers for the Saskatchewan Land­ing Triathlon are still re­quired.

“We are ex­pect­ing over 50 par­tic­i­pants and with that, vol­un­teers are needed,” ex­plains Games vol­un­teer, Stephanie Pr­pick Boss. “If any­one is in­ter­ested in help­ing out, there are def­i­nitely op­por­tu­ni­ties avail­able. Also, if some­one wants to sign up for an event at the triathlon, we are still tak­ing reg­is­tra­tions up to Au­gust 4.”

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