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The triathlon with one of the most challenging, but safest, cycling components, returns to Alberta this July, when Edmonton again hosts a World Cup race in Hawrelak Park and its surrounding roads.
All the roads will be closed and police-controlled for the wide range of age-category events that will be held on the morning of Sunday, July 10th, and continue into the afternoon World Cup races. Of particular interest to the young triathletes is the fact that the Pan American Triathlon Confederation has chosen to have its Junior Championship as the first event of the day, with the best young triathletes from North and South America racing to secure an opportunity to compete in the Junior World Championship in Beijing in September.
Edmonton Triathlon Academy, which was created by a nucleus of the former Board and management of the World Cup Triathlon Edmonton organization, established the new operation to provide opportunities for young local triathletes to emulate the successes of the local “graduates” of the races. Paul Tichelaar and Carolyn Murray, two local Edmonton area triathletes, honed their skills on the Hawrelak Park course, before becoming a third of the Canadian team at the Beijing Olympic Games. Now, Paula Findlay, another Edmontonian who competed as a junior in Hawrelak Park, is the leading woman on the Canadian elite triathlon team.
The Academy is organizing the events for the next five years, partially to create an opportunity for the young members of the Academy to test themselves against national and international competition.
Based on the successes of the past events, the organizers of this year’s triathlon festival are offering a wide range of opportunities for triathletes of all ages and capabilities to participate. Apart from the Olympic and sprint distance races for all age categories, there will also be team competitions in both the Olympic distance and sprint version.
There will also be two distinct Kids of Steel races; one, for 12 – 16 year olds held on the Hawrelak Park course as part of the morning’s activities, while races for the 5-11 year olds will be held the previous day, Saturday morning, July 9th, from Edmonton’s Royal Glenora Club on River Valley Road.
All age category athletes will be treated to a lunch provided at the end of the morning’s activities and the adults will receive a voucher for a beer provided by Edmonton’s Alley Cat brewery.