An athlete comes down the last hill before the finish line of last year's Winter Triathlon on Feb. 3, 2013 at Little Red River Park. Herald photo by KJ Dakin
As winter slowly transitions into spring, the Prince Albert Triathlon Club will host its Winter Triathlon event on March 15 at Little Red River Park.
When the snow begins to melt in March, the triathlon will give one last hurrah to winter, featuring a four-km run, eight-km bike and seven-km either classic or skate ski.
Triathlon Club communications director Valerie Horner said the event which has normally been held in February, is a great way to kick off the new season.
"It's nice to hold it in March for a change," Horner said. "It's heralding in the spring time and saying 'don’t put your bike too far away.'"
Following a brief meeting at the Cosmo Lodge at 11 a.m. on March 15, the race is scheduled to start at 12 p.m. as participants head off from the transition point at the Lodge and head up towards the skate loop.
"It's really neat for spectators because although you may lose track of people once they leave the staging arena, everybody circles back there all the time," Horner explained of the venue at Little Red.
Horner added that potential participants should do a little research before racing so they can dress appropriately.
"The challenge is dressing properly so that you are not overheating or too cold and you can still ride your bike," she said reminding participants to ensure their bikes are prepped. "People will show up and have flat tires because they haven’t looked at their bikes since fall."
Although the event will not have bicycles available, the Cosmo Lodge will have skis for rent and Horner encourages those wishing to do so to arrive early.
The cost of participation is $20 for solo racers and $15 for team members. Those wishing to attend the awards banquet following the race at 7 p.m. can purchase tickets for an additional $20.
It terms of difficulty, participants should expect a competitive, yet fun atmosphere.
"It's a little harder than the minis we put on in the summer," Horner explained. "A lot of people just go in it for fun though."
Those interested may register on site at the Cosmo Lodge, or may purchase tickets online here.
More information on the event, including volunteer opportunities, can be found on the club's Facebook page.