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The Forks Rd bridge in Dain City has been permanently closed and is set to be demolished.
Further information on the Forks Rd bridge can be found in the Welland Tribune Online.
As a result, both the Rose City Triathlon and the Barrelman Niagara Falls bike courses have received modifications for 2019. This presents a challenging turn of events not only for our planning, but also for local residents and business.
What goes into finding a solution? While a perfect solution is always difficult to find, one must consider topics such as:
This is not an exhaustive list however, we have come up with the following solutions for 2019 allowing us to continue to keep the courses as similar as possible to previous years. The City of Welland as well as the local stakeholders have agreed to support these changes. The new courses have been published to the event websites, a summary of the changes can be found below for crossing the Canal without using the Dain City Bridge.
Rose City Triathlon
Barrelman Niagara Falls
Once the future of the Dain City bridge; specifically if a replacement will be built or not has been determined, we will revisit the routes once again.
– The MultiSport Canada Team
Barrie, ON (March 29, 2019) – Ragnar, the largest series of overnight trail and road running relays in the United States, has officially announced a partnership with Ontario-based MultiSport Canada for its Niagara Road (May 31st – June 1st) and Ontario Trail (Aug 24th & 25th) events. Ragnar events will be conducted in Eastern Canada under a license agreement between Utah-based Ragnar Events, LLC and Ontario-based MultiSport Canada Productions Inc.
MultiSport Canada President Jason Vurma remarked on how both Ragnar events will combine the strengths of two very like-minded companies, “We found a great deal of common ground with Ragnar as we know how hard their team works to create unique and unreplicateable customer-focused experiences. We also know that Ragnar sets an industry benchmarks for detail and professionalism”. Vurma also stated that “Our team has produced several long-distance relay events in past years and has long sought to find the right opportunity to be able to host this format of event again.”
Tanner Bell, Co-Founder and President of Ragnar said, “We have been searching for the right Canadian partner for our events for some time and have found that in MultiSport Canada! Our companies share common values as well as a likeminded approach to event production.” Bell went on to say that “the strengths that our two companies bring together will allow for continued growth for Ragnar in Canada and I’m truly excited for what the future will hold!”
Rebook Ragnar Niagara starts in the Town of Cobourg just over an hour east of Toronto. The course will cover just over 300km on sidewalks, backroads, bike paths, paved trails and road shoulders. Ragnar is about doing something together with friends that you could never do alone. The route is divided into 36 sections (called legs) and teams of up to twelve (12) run relay style with each team member running three (3) legs totally between 18km to 45km.
MultiSport Canada is also happy to announce the opening of registration for Ragnar Ontario Trail hosted at Hardwood Ski and Bike. “MultiSport Canada has been hopeful for an opportunity work with Hardwood Ski & Bike”, remarked Vurma, “as it is a world-class venue right in our backyard and with the addition of the Ragnar Ontario Trail Relay we finally have that opportunity.” Located just north of Barrie, Hardwood Ski & Bike was the Mountain Biking venue for the 2015 Pan Am Games as well as annually hosting major Cross Country Ski, Cyclocross and Mountain Bike races.
Ragnar Ontario Trail see teams of eight (8), or Ultra teams four (4), conquer just under a 200km course over two days and one night. With friends and a community of runners by their side, each participant will complete three (3) loops that add up to between 20 and 25km. Each loop starts and finishes at the central Ragnar village which is the epicenter of the Ragnar Trail social experience. There participants have the chance to grab some well-deserved food, cheer-on other runners, buy Ragnar gear, watch a movie or just hang out around the campfire.
IMPORTANT LINKS AND INFORMATION:
Ragnar Niagara Website – www.runragnar.com/event-detail/relay/niagara
Ragnar Ontario Trail Website – www.runragnar.com/event-detail/trail/ontario_trail
Ragnar Facebook – www.facebook.com/Ragnartrail
Ragnar Instagram – www.instagram.com/ragnartrail/
MultiSport Canada Productions Inc.
By Angela Giddens
If she can do it, you can too.
These are the words I heard this past January while running a half marathon in Florida. I was wearing a half ironman race shirt and from behind me I heard a man say to the woman running with him. “Look honey, she ran a half ironman. If she can do it, you can too.”
At first I was insulted but as I thought more about it (after having picked up my pace, leaving them in my dust) he had a point. I didn’t grow up an athlete. I have no background in swimming, cycling or running. I took up the sport nine years ago after the birth of my daughter. I needed to find a way to relieve the stress of day to day life. I needed something for myself. Triathlon filled both of those needs and more.
The most common thing I hear when people my age hear that I do triathlons is that they don’t know how I have the time to train. They have no spare time. To this I simply reply, “I make the time.”
I wake up early and train before the rest of the family is awake. I train during my lunch breaks at work. I train after the kids go to bed. Some days this doesn’t work and life gets away from me and I don’t get my training in. I’ve come to realize that missing one or two workouts isn’t going to make or break any given race. I’ve learnt to modify my training to fit my life. Some days this means a 1 hour run gets done at lunch and is shortened to 50 minutes. Some days it means I go skiing or hiking with the family instead of doing my scheduled training. There are many ways to train and we all have to find what works for us and be prepared to alter the training schedule to fit our lives.
As we head into triathlon season I’m having to remind myself of these somewhat obvious things. Don’t obsess about those workouts that might not go as planned or happen at all but instead focus on getting the most out of each workout and above all remember the reason you started this great adventure!