Smiths Falls Triathlon - theHumm June 2019
Smiths Falls Triathlon - theHumm June 2019
It all started in Smiths Falls forty years ago when the first triathlon was held along the banks of the historic Rideau Canal. On June 22, the Town of Smiths Falls will once again welcome hundreds of participants to the Smiths Falls Classic Triathlon, where participants can challenge themselves by running, cycling, and swimming the scenic course through the community.
This event has proved it has staying power — after forty years it is the longest continuously running triathlon in Canada, and shows no signs of ending anytime soon. It also offers three different options for triathlon competitors, suitable for varying ability levels. The Sprint Triathlon & Relay will feature a 500m swim, 21K cycle and 5K run; the Super Sprint Triathlon will feature a 200m swim, 21K cycle and 5K run; and the Try-a-Tri is perfect for beginning triathletes, offering a 200m swim, 21K cycle and 2.1K run. Also on offer are two duathlon swim/cycle events, a Sprint Duathlon and a Sprint Swim/Cycle. A two-kilometre kids’ run for children 11 years and younger is also available for young athletes interested in getting started in racing.
“The course in Smiths Falls has a lot to offer for this race — it’s a really beautiful course,” explains Ian Fraser, a partner with Somersault Events, the group that has been organizing the Smiths Falls’ race for the past 25 years. “The swim portion takes place in the Rideau River at Lower Reach Park, just above the locks, and it’s very scenic.”
According to Fraser, one of the unique elements of the Smiths Falls Triathlon is that it is an evening race, with a 6pm start. This can result in a much more pleasant temperature range than early morning events.
With this year marking the triathlon’s 40th anniversary, Fraser is expecting a good turnout, and says he’s optimistic about the future of this long-running event and a return of the record numbers experienced in past years. “I’m confident we’ll be talking about the 50th anniversary in a decade,” he adds.
Registration for the Smiths Falls Classic Triathlon ends at 6pm on June 16, and can be completed at somersault.ca/triathlon/smiths-falls .
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