In just five years, our Niagara Falls race, Barrelman, has become a favourite in North America and grown to the largest independent half distance (also known as “70.3”) race on the continent. We’re fortunate that many members of our MultiSport Canada family return each year, knowing that this is a race you don’t want to miss. But we want to let the rest of the world know why Barrelman is a world class race and the perfect choice for any triathlete! Here are just a few things that make our race so special:
The perfect beginner race for jumping up in distance
If you’re stepping up to the half distance for the first time, Barrelman is the race you’ll want to do it at. A calm swim in the rowing basin means you don’t have to worry about the anxiety of open water swimming, which is a big hurdle for many triathletes. The flat (yet scenic and engaging) course will challenge you, but won’t present any major technical aspects. We are there to make sure you finish safely and have created a course that allows for that.
Get that half distance PB
Want to smash your half distance personal best time? Barrelman is a great course to do that on, for the reasons mentioned above. Fast, flat and point-to-point, this race is the place to set your goals high and achieve them. For many of our seasoned triathletes, this is where they’ve finally surpassed a particular time barrier.
Right on the Canada-USA border
Niagara Falls is easily accessible to Canadians and Americans! For our friends down south, the Canadian pricing and exchange rate make this a favourable option from a cost perspective compared to many of the alternatives.
Top-rate athlete experience
The feedback we get each year that really makes us smile is hearing that the athletes feel so well taken care of. We go the extra mile to ensure your safety is a priority — smaller numbers of athletes on the course plays a huge role in this. We have worked with our sponsor partners to bring some great benefits to our athletes, and have the logistics of the point-to-point course as seamless as possible.
A family friendly race destination
We know that many of our athletes have families. There is plenty to do in the Niagara region if you make Barrelman a race-cation of even just want to spend the weekend there with the family. Niagara Falls has many world-class tourist attractions. More info can be found here. For those without kids, the beautiful countryside around Welland plays host to Ontario’s wine country.
We hope to see you out at Barrelman this year. We have a price increase on July 15 so register before then to save.