Come On Leduc, Give it a Tri!

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    On July 20th the City of Leduc, partnered with Edmonton's Athletes In Action, will be hosting its first ever Victory Triathlon event. Mayor Krischke is very excited about this event and was quoted as saying "Hosting our first triathlon is an excellent opportunity for our city to try a new event. Healthy, active living is a lifestyle we promote and support in a variety of ways, and the Leduc Triathlon is another great example as the Try-a-Tri event is specifically designed for everyone to participate.” 

    With five different race categories and a split of six different age groups this event truly can accommodate athletes of all ages and abilities. The different races available are;

– Try-a-Tri – this event includes 350 m swim, 10 km bike and 2.5 km run/walk.

– Sprint – this event includes 750 m swim, 20 km bike and 5 km run.

– Olympic – 1,500 m swim, 40 km bike and 10 km run.

– Olympic Team – is a team of two to three athletes, each completing at least one element of the total event. The time will start when the first athlete begins the swim portion and ends when the last athlete completes the run portion. The timing chip will be transferred between athletes in the team exchange box located in the transition zone.

– Cumulative Average Time (CAT) Team – is a team of a minimum of three athletes registered in the same event distance for either the Try-a-Tri or Sprint distances. Each will race all three events individually and the cumulative times of the top three finishing athletes, of each team, will make up the team’s time. An athlete’s individual time will also count towards the standings in their respective Try-a-Tri or Sprint event. The CAT Team doesn’t apply to the Olympic distance event.

    The event course will encompass the Leduc Recreation Centre, William F. Lede Park, and Rollyview Road.

There are entrance fees for this event based on the competition category as well as insurance requirements, and early bird discounts are still available until July 3rd. Entries close on July 16th, or at 300 hundred competitors, whichever comes first. Organizers are confident that the race will quickly reach the 300 hundred competitor mark so are advising interested racers to sign up early.

    Competitors will also receive quite the swag bag of goodies to mark this inaugural race including a t-shirt, a custom monogrammed swim cap, a catered post race meal from Opa Restaurant, and more.

    Volunteers are also needed for race day positions such as set-up and tear-down, swim-specific areas (lap counting, etc,), bike-specific areas (crowd control, etc), run-specific areas (aide stations, course direction, etc), transition assistance, registration, body-marking and much more. Volunteers will also receive a t-shirt, a catered lunch from Opa, and an entry into a draw for three nights accommodation in Radium!

    If the thought of competing in a triathlon gets your heart pumping faster then race on over to the website set up for this event that holds all of the important details you will need at http://aiatriathlon.ca/?page_id=191 or call the City of Leduc at 780-980-7177.