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Preparations underway for second Airdrie triathlon

By: Lucas Punkari

  |  Posted: Thursday, Mar 13, 2014 10:38 am

The Try It Triathalon came to Airdrie on May 19 and participants from across the city participated in a swim, bike ride and run open to experienced and novice racers alike.
The Try It Triathalon came to Airdrie on May 19 and participants from across the city participated in a swim, bike ride and run open to experienced and novice racers alike.
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Following the success of last year’s inaugural event, the Airdrie Triathlon is set to return for a second year, with the 2014 edition taking place on May 18.

“Last year’s event was a big success for us, as we had 246 athletes taking part,” Race Director Trevor Soll said.

“Since then, we have been working with the community to get things ready for this year’s event, along with adding some new components to the event.”

One of the new components is the Kids of Steel Triathlon event, which will allow children between the ages of three and 11 to take part in the swimming portion in the pool at Genesis Place and the bike ride and running portions on the trials at Ed Eggerer Athletic Park.

“It’s always good for us to be able to add a kids component to the events that we help organize, as it helps to get the young ones involved in the sport,” said Soll, who is also the owner and operator of MultisportsCanada, which organizes events such as the triathlon in Airdrie.

“I think what helps with getting younger people involved is that the triathlon is a good multi-sport event,” he added.

“It’s not something where you just work on one thing the whole time.”

When it comes to the local side of things, Event Convener Wendy Contant is hoping to have more support from the community when this year’s event takes place.

“It’s not just from the volunteers side of things, but we would like to have more participants from Airdrie and lots of locals out cheering on everyone,” she said.

“Since this is early in the season, it’s a good race to start things off for everyone who wants to take part.”

The event offers three distances for competitors to take part in, such as a ‘tri it’ distance for novices (300m swim, 10km bike ride, and 2.5km run), along with a sprint distance (750m swim, 20km bike ride, and 5km run), and an Olympic distance (1,500m swim, 40km bike ride, and 10km run).

“We also have a relay division as well, for those who want to be in a two- or three-person team,” Soll said.

“It’s a good way for someone who might be really strong in one of the disciplines but not as strong in the others to team up with their friends.”

Registration for the triathlon can be done online at www.multisportscanada.com, with the costs for registration varying between distances.

For more information on helping out with the event, contact Contant via email at wmcontant@shaw.ca


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