GREAT WHITE NORTH TRIATHLON
JULY 7 Stony Plain, Alta.
Over in Stony Plain, Alta., the Great White North Triathlon has been a big hit since its debut back in 1991. It is known as a fast course with a 2009 male record of 3 hours, 43 minutes, 1 second and a 1993 female record of 4 hours, 14 minutes, 18 seconds. Registrations number around 800 people and the volunteer roster is well over 500, creating impressive support for everyone. Racers can choose from professional/elite, age group, relay or Paralympic categories in a half-distance, team-half, Olympic, duathlon or aquabike races.
Stony Plain is just west of Edmonton and, given the typical water temperatures for this region in early July, wetsuits are highly recommended. Starting out at the Allan Beach Resort, swimmers tackle the usually calm Hubbles Lake before cycling along roads that are mostly in the rural areas surrounding the town. The race wraps up with a run course that follows streets and recreational trails within town. Whether before, during or after the race, keep an eye out for Stony Plain’s 35 detailed murals that illustrate the town’s rich history.