New to this year’s event is the addition of a duathlon, a race where competitors will run for three kilometres, as well as s 26 kilometre bike ride, and a final three kilometre run.
Floyd Polehoykie is the race director for the Fort St. John Triathlon Committee. He says organizers wanted to include a duathlon so people who may not be strong at swimming could participate.
“What we found is that a lot of people wanted to do the bike and the run, but they can’t swim a stroke,” he says. “So we thought, why not put it in this year and see what happens, and so far it looks pretty promising.”
Polehoykie adds that while the event is only half full, registration always picks up as the event draws near.
“Typically we got 100, and we are capping out at 120 this year,” says Polehoykie. “We’re right around half capacity, but it’s usually within the last week to ten days things that things pick up.”
The committee is also hoping to attract sponsors or donations for the event as there are costs associated with rentals, staffing and other aspects.
“The cost is pretty high. You have to rent the pool and we have a timer coming in,” he says. “We have tattoos for the athletes as well and all of that adds up. The more funds we can get, the nicer prizes we can give to the athletes.”
Anyone wanting to sponsor the event or donate a prize can call Floyd at 250-262-5895
This week in FortSt. John has been proclaimed as “Give It A Tri Week”, to encourage people to sign up for the upcoming race. The goal of the race is to promote a healthy lifestyle along with helping the community grow and prosper.
The cost for registration is $50, and there are also shorter distances available for teens or adults who don’t want to do the full race.