Posted by FLATOUT JIM
Simon Whitfield winning gold in Sydney. Simon competed in the Corner Brook ITU Race 2003.
Unless you are a triathlete, or are married to one, you probably don't know
much about the TRI scene here in our province.
In fact I bet you didn’t know that the history of Triathlon in
Newfoundland goes back almost 25 years, and that there are now 7 races
Scattered across the province.
And in case you wanted to know, or maybe even wanted to tri one, a list of races are as follows, starting on the west coast and moving east.
2. Corner Brook
6. St. John's
Here is a brief description of these events, in my own words, in order
of their starts.
WHERE: Octagon Pond Paradise
WHEN: Usually mid to late June
THE GOOD: Kicks off the busy Newfoundland and Labrador Triathlon Season.
THE BAD: Early season start means a cold swim. The 2011 event was
changed to a duathlon on race morning because of cold water
WHERE: 2011 event started at the Regional Aquatic Centre pool. Hoping
to move to an outdoor venue for 2012
WHEN: Early to mid July. 2011 was the weekend prior Carbonear
THE GOOD: The resurgence of an old event. Once a popular event on
everyones calendar, the race stopped after 2006, but has resurfaced.
THE BAD: Timing. So many events coming up one after the other, may
make it difficult to fit into a busy schedule.
WHERE: Swim and bike starts in Freshwater, The run starts and ends at
the Recreation Centre in Carbonear.
WHEN: Mid July, however organizers in the past have been flexible with
the date so as to not interfere with too many other events. Also,
traditionally the race has been a late morning start allowing athletes
to travel from St. John’s, about an hour and a half away.
THE GOOD: The coastal cycling route through Freshwater is one of the
most scenic bike courses you will find anywhere.
THE BAD: That same scenic cycling route is also on some of the worst
roads you will find in any race that’s not an Xterra.
Corner Brook Triathlon.
WHERE: Glynmill Inn Pond Corner Brook.
WHEN: Late July.
THE GOOD: Tradition and experience. Corner Brook is where it all
started, almost 25 years ago. It’s seen Olympic and Ironman Champions
on its course.
THE BAD: One of the toughest run courses you will ever do.
ST. John’s Triathlon.
WHERE: Rotary Sunshine Park just outside St. John’s
WHEN: Early August, usually the first Sunday following Regatta.
THE GOOD: Short swim, 1000m for the standard distance, 500m for the
sprint. Ideal for new athletes who are not strong swimmers.
THE BAD: The weather. Consistantly inconsistent, especially the wind.
Rarely is there no headwind on the outer ring road.
WHERE: Cobbs Pond Rotary Park, Gander
WHEN: Mid to late August.
THE GOOD: Flat course.
THE BAD: They always schedule it when I have other plans. I want to do
this race badly next year.
Torbay Tri for Health.
WHERE: Whiteaway’s Pond Torbay
WHEN: End of August, Last race of the year
THE GOOD: Fundraiser. The 2011 event raised $28,810 for Mental Health.
TH BAD: Fundraiser. After Girl Guides/Sparks, Basketball, Curling,
Gymnastics, not to mention School, I really don’t have the motivation
to raise the $100 minimum for the race entry. Hats off to those who