Athletes Gearing Up for Cornwall Triathlon This Weekend

August 23, 2016
By Kassandra Blais

Cornwall, Ontario – Over 600 athletes are expected to lace up their running shoes this August 27th and 28th to participate in the Cornwall Triathlon, one of the largest sporting events in the region.

The Cornwall Triathlon offers a unique experience that sets it apart from other triathlons in the area by offering traffic free courses along the scenic St. Lawrence River.

“The Triathlon presents an athletic challenge to athletes of all levels,” says Rob Allen, Race Director. “At the end of the race, athletes and fans alike can applaud the effort and accomplishment.”

The Cornwall Triathlon has evolved into a highly competitive event attracting athletes from across Canada, the United States and beyond.

“Over half of the participants are from outside the SDG area,” said Allen. “Many competitors travel to Cornwall for the high caliber fields and prize money offered in many of the events.”

With almost $3,700 in prizes, the Cornwall Triathlon is one of the biggest prize races in Ontario outside of those organized by the World Triathlon Corporation.

“In collaboration with the City of Cornwall, the Cornwall Triathlon closes major arteries in the downtown core to host the triathlon ensuring a thrilling yet safe course for all participants,” said Race Director Rob Allen.

While there may be some competitive classes, the Cornwall Triathlon also provides a weekend of fun and safe activity for athletes of any age and ability. Beginning with the “Young Champions Day” Races on Saturday, young budding athletes under the age of 14 can compete in Triathlon (swim, bike, run) or Duathlon (run, bike, run) events in their age category. All youth events take place in and around the beautiful Cornwall Aquatic Centre.

All young competitors will receive a medal, and Bicycle World has donated a bicycle to the lucky winner of the draw prize on Saturday.

On Sunday, the event moves to École Secondaire L’Héritage as the home base for the adult athletes. Adults will swim in the St. Lawrence River, bike on a closed course through Le Village, and run on the Cornwall recreational path into the Gray’s Creek Conservation Area.

“With both days of the Cornwall Triathlon nestled along the St. Lawrence River, participants are offered exceptional views while traversing our recreational paths during their events,” said Allen.

There is still an opportunity to register and participate in the various events. Featured events over the two days include:

This introductory event features a 200m swim, a 10km bike ride and a 2.5km run.

Sprint Duathlon
This event features a 2.5km run followed by a 20km bike and a 5 km run.

Sprint Triathlon
This event features a 750m swim, a 20km bike and a 5 km run.

Olympic Triathlon
This event features a 1500m swim, a 40km bike and a 10 km run.

The Cornwall Triathlon, sponsored by Dr. Rachel Navaneelan, has partnered with the Boys & Girls Club of Cornwall and SDG. Proceeds from the event will go towards enhancing programs and operations for the youth in the Cornwall area.

Learn more about the Cornwall Triathlon by checking out the following websites:

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