Triathlon returns to its roots

The 35th Kelowna Apple Triathlon will return to its roots.

The event, which took a year off in 2017 while transitioning to a new management group, will return to its original start-finish area in the downtown core, as opposed to Waterfront Park.

"We are going back to the original venue from the 1983 race. We are going to be putting the finish line right on Bernard Avenue, and use Kerry Park and City Park as part of our activation," said race organizer Susie Ernstring.

"Our new bike course goes up Bernard, along Glenmore, then does a loop of Dilworth and comes back and loops at the corner of Bernard and Water, then they go out and do a second loop of that. There's been a lot of excitement about it."

The run course will take competitors along Abbott Street and loop back just past Rose Avenue.

The main triathlon on Sunday, Aug. 19, will be run alongside the shorter sprint race.

Both the standard and sprint races will serve as national champion races in both 2018 and 2019.

Those races cap off a busy weekend of racing through the streets of Kelowna.

Saturday will feature several smaller races including the popular Try-A-Tri and numerous youth age-group events.

New this year is the CAMTRI Continental Cup race, consisting of super sprint distance races Saturday and the spring distance final Sunday.

The race will feature 90 men and 90 women from North, South and Central America competing for Olympic qualifying points.

"They are going to be competing Saturday in a super spring 20 minute triathlon format.

"It's going to be really fast and furious and spectator friendly. It's all going to be in the downtown streets, so the athletes are never any further than 800 metres from the finish line."

The top 30 men and women will advance to the spring distance final Sunday.

Ernstring says registrations are going well. She expects about 1,000 competitors over the two days.

Click here to register.

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