Published: August 2, 2017
BY JENNIFER PARSONS
Organizers of the 2017 Red Lake Triathlon have more than weather conditions to contend with this year as they prepare for the upcoming event.
Committee member Jennifer Szaflik confirmed last week drainage and resurfacing work on the Madsen highway has forced a change to the usual route with all age groups now being redirected down Highway 105, instead of Highway 618.
“Creating a new route is tricky. We want to get as close to the require distances as possible, but since this is really just a fun race – no qualifying for nationals, we are going to utilize side roads for aid stations and the exact distances of the bike and run courses may be a little short or a little long this year.
Participants will still gather at the Government Docks on Aug. 20 for the swim portion of the event and will travel along Howey Street for the bike and run portion. The route will make a left at the lights and travel along Highway 105. Those in the 13-15 years old and adult categories will travel past Harry’s Corner and down the highway. Olympic distance triathletes will travel 20 kilometres before turning around and travelling the same distance back to the docks.
Youth under 13 will run or bike as far as Red Lake District High School and then proceed down Young Street before turning back towards the downtown.
Szaflik adds: “The course is also a bit hillier I feel, which makes it a lot more challenging.”
Organizers also announced a beginner triathlon distance for those over 15 years of age called “Tri the Tri”. The distance includes a 300 metre swim, 10 km bike ride and a 3 km run. Szaflik says the group hopes to encourage beginner athletes to participate in the sport with the shorter distance event.
“I think most people feel that you need to be a super athlete or extremely fit and fast to give triathlon a go. That’s simply not the case. I am a perfect example of that! While I am now quite fit, I am certainly not all that fast and I really wasn’t all that athletic when I started.”