MELMERBY – You could say the Melmerby Triathlon never missed a year since it’s inception – not officially at least.
Last year locals took to the course on July 28, the date the 2013 event was scheduled to take place. It wasn’t the full and official running of the triathlon though as there were issues with permits, meaning the event had to be cancelled.
At the time Terry Curley, one of the race organizers, was disappointed. Looking back he said there was a silver lining to the event being cancelled and having to discuss changes with the RCMP and Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal.
“We’re very excited to be back this year after not having the triathlon last year,” he said. “There’s always a silver lining to those things. This year the event has a new route and new logistics, but we think it will be very positive, better than in the past.”
This year’s triathlon will take place on Sunday, July 27.
The main difference participants will notice is less congestion in the transition area. They will transition from the swim to their bike in the same spot as in the past, in the beach parking lot, but will leave their bike at the First Presbyterian Church on Little Harbour Road before transitioning to their run back into the finish line at the beach.
Curley said the Olympic distance will have a short turnaround on their run in from the church to make up their 10km, while the sprint will run directly in from the church.
They will also continue to offer their super sprint and try a tri categories (300m swim, 8km bike and 2km run), which will only transition at the beach.
“People can expect to see the same quality of an event as in past years,” he said. “I also think with it less congested between the beach and store that it will be safer for the cyclists, runners and motorists.
“We’ve trained a few times on it and it was a fun course. It definitely has some challenges, but we think people will enjoy it.”
Sunday’s events cost $60 to participate in, which should be paid in advance through atlanticchip.ca.
As of right now they are on track for having between 130-140 participants, which is where Curley hopes to see things in a few weeks.
On Saturday they will host the kids triathlon events for kids 12 and under. There are three categories (U-7, 8-9 and 10-12), all of which are free. This is the first year they are all being offered at no cost to participants, something the Johnny Miles Running Event group is trying to do across the board at their events.
“This has been something we’ve looked at with the Johnny Miles series, making sure we don’t discourage kid’s participation,” said Curley. “We don’t want to put any financial obstacles in their way, so we absorb the cost of putting the event on that day.”
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