The provincial sprint triathlon championships will take place Sunday at the Triathlon-by-the-Bay at the Brudenell Provincial Park.
“The shallow, sheltered waters of the Brudenell River offer an inviting swim course to new and seasoned triathletes at the first open water triathlon of the year in P.E.I.,” said race director Kurt Laird.
The event is put on by the Down East Warriors Triathlon Club and is sanctioned by Triathlon P.E.I. It includes Super sprint triathlon (300m swim, 10km bike, 2.5km run) for ages 13 and older, sprint triathlon (750m swim, 20km bike, 5km run) for ages 16 and older, individual or team sprint duathlon (run/bike/
Participants can register online at www.ready2race.ca or on site race morning beginning at 7:30 a.m. Races start at 9 a.m.
Kids of steel events begin at noon with pre-registration starting at 11:30 a.m.
Three race distances will be offered for the following ages: five to six years old — 25m swim, 150m run, 500m bike; six to 10 years — 50m swim, 500m run, 1.5km bike; eight to 13 years old — 100m swim, 5K bike, 1km run.
The kids of steel swim will be in shallow water and all participants will receive a finisher medal and T-shirt.
KOS guidelines can be found at www.tripei.com.
“This is an exciting time for triathlon in P.E.I.,” said Kara Grant, junior team co-ordinator. “We’re just getting back from St. Andrews, N.B., where eight junior team athletes took part in an amazing camp with two-time Olympic medalist Simon Whitfield. Simon was extremely helpful and approachable, providing valuable tips and feedback on all aspects of triathlon training and racing.”
St. Andrews also hosted the inaugural Challenge St. Andrews half ironman drawing top athletes from around the world for the pro race, including current world champions Mirinda Carfrae and Timothy O’Donnell who took home top honours.