Do not miss the annual Winterlude Triathlon this winter in Ottawa
- Ottawa Travel Guide
- Tuesday, 20 December 2011 15:50
Travellers who enjoy sports may like to visit new destinations and participate in various events for fun or for first place prizes. This winter, Canada’s capital city is hosting a unique competition that welcomes athletes to register, no matter if they are a traveller or resident. The annual Winterlude Triathlon coincides with all the festive activities that are happening around Ottawa this snowy season. Although regular triathlons usually involve swimming, cycling and running, this special competition on February 4th is slightly different than the classic race.
During the Winterlude race, competitors will first start on Dow’s Lake for an 8-kilometre skate. After passing the checkpoints along the canal and under several bridges, racers will reach the first checkpoint and continue on to the skiing portion. Next, participants will ski two laps around a designated trail that equals 5 kilometres of cross-country skiing. The end of the race will be done in traditional style with a 5-kilometre running portion, but instead of on a road or track, it will be completed on snow and ice.
In the past, part of the race was indoors, but the entire event will be outside this year. Coordinators encourage all spectators and athletes to dress accordingly, especially since February can be a very chilly month. The award ceremony for those in the various age and ability groups will take place as soon as the first individuals cross the finish line, which may be fun for spectators to see as well.
Travellers can find out more information on the event’s website, which also includes a section for registration details. Those wishing to participate can try it on their own or team up with fellow travellers for a relay group. A relay team must consist of members over the age of 14 and have at least one male and one female. Signups are open through February 2nd and early registration offers discounts on fees.
Even if tourists in Ottawa do not want to take part in the race, the day of the event will surely be exciting, so going to watch the competitors could be a great activity to try while on holiday in town this winter. All of the events during Winterlude, including culinary festivals, concerts, ice sculpting and more, should make for a thrilling trip in Canada’s capital city.