JULY 7 Stony Plain, Alta.

Triathlon Magazine Canada - - THE THREE-SPORT WONDER -

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.

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