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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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
It’s the July long weekend! Many triathletes will take advantage of the three days off to get some training in. We’ve rounded up a list of just some of the great Ontario spots to train this weekend… and if you’re still looking for an upcoming race to train for, check out our calendar and sign up here!
A great spot for open water swimming, there are also some great trails for running at Guelph Lake Conservation Area and some quiet surrounding roads for riding.
This is a great area for riding, close to Collingwood and Blue Mountain and home to the Creemore Springs Brewery for a post-ride beer. Lots of challenging hills and quiet roads mean you can get some great longer rides in but there are great options for shorter loops as well. Creemore plays host to the Turas Mor event that we produce, and so we know it’s a cycling hotspot!
A great spot for mountain biking and trail running if you’re looking for some off-road fun. There are over 50 kilometres of single track and double track trails in beautiful forests at Albion Lake Conservation Area. Situated in the Caledon region, you’re close to some great road riding, too.
One of the ultimate triathlon regions in Ontario, Muskoka has a deep history of triathlon and makes for an awesome long weekend training getaway. Plenty of options for open water swims, and training around the Lake of Bays on the old Ironman 70.3 Muskoka bike course makes for a fun and challenging long ride (in prep for Barrelman, maybe?)
MultiSport Canada is looking for volunteers for our Gravenhurst race weekend on July 14 & 15! We rely on volunteers to help make our races a success and this is a great way for athletes in our MSC family to give back. There’s also something in it for you, of course — here are the 5 reasons you should come out and volunteer:
— By Daryl Flacks
This past weekend (June 23/24) was MultiSport Canada’s season opener presented by Skechers Performance in Welland. The Long Course races were held Saturday, with Sunday dedicated to the sprint & give-it-a-tri races. Sunday’s bike course was held entirely on fully closed roads. I raced Saturday in the Long Course 56k Bike / 15k Run and the weather was near perfect for racing. This year saw a new bike course and as always, the bike course was flat and FAST!! New for 2018 – The Run Course was comprised of two laps along the fitness paths that border the canal. The course took runners past the finish line grandstands twice per lap which made for an exciting and energetic spectating area!
Sunday, I returned to cheer on the Sprint participants, in particular the duathletes who braved the torrential downpours to be greeted by your friendly neighbourhood “gnome”. Each finisher received the customary handshake from legendary race director John Salt and finisher medal for all participants.
I love this venue and have raced it multiple years. MultiSport Canada is constantly working to make your race experience the best it can be, with alterations to enhance your experience and keep it fresh from year to year.
The highlight of the weekend for me was volunteering and seeing so many happy faces cross the finish line with smiles on their face and expressions of gratitude. Being a part of the MultiSport family is awesome and I could not think of a better way to spend my weekend than with people who make me smile, laugh and feel like family.
Our series sponsor, F2C Nutrition, makes several fantastic nutrition products that will help you train, race and recover faster this year. Today we’d like to share how you can get creative with F2C products — instead of just mixing up drinks, you can use F2C to create delicious treats, like our ambassador Jessey the Elf does! Here is one of Jessey’s favourite recipes, made with F2C Nutrition’s Vegan-Pure protein (chocolate).
A bit about the product:
Vegan-Pure™ from F2C Nutrition contains protein from only plant-based sources (hemp protein, brown rice protein, pea protein, flax seed protein and chia seed protein). Vegan-Pure™ is a great choice of protein powder for those seeking, vegan, non-GMO, lactose-free, dairy-free gluten-free and soy-free high quality complete protein. Vegan-Pure™ is a “clean”, surprisingly great-tasting protein source that has been precisely formulated to provide a superb source of readily available amino acids.
So, you want to do your first triathlon this year? Congratulations! You’re about to embark on an exciting journey. MultiSport Canada pride ourselves on having something for everyone at our triathlon race series. Whether you’re trying to get a spot at the ITU World Championships, win the entire series, hit a PB or just try a new distance (we offer Give-it-a-Tri, Sprint, Olympic and Long Course), there’s something in our series for you. If you’re an absolute beginner, you might be wondering where the best place is to start. The Give-it-a-Tri distance (offered at all of our races except Kingsotn and Wasaga) is always a great place to start, but if you’d like your first race to be a sprint or Olympic we’ve got some specific recommendations:
This year, we announced a fully-closed bike course for Welland’s sprint course — that means zero cars! This is great for first-timers nervous about the bike portion of the race. Some other reasons why Welland is the perfect beginner venue? The Flatwater Centre where the swim is held is calm water with lines under water for sighting, almost like a giant pool rather than an open water body. The grand stands mean your support network will be right there cheering you on for your whole run. This race takes place Sunday June 24 and there’s still room to register, though spots are going quickly.
The swim can sometimes be a little wavy here but Wasaga has a great flat bike and run course that beginners will appreciate, and a finish line along the beach that is lined with spectators the entire day! Wasaga takes place on August 25. You can register here.
This race weekend is great for beginners for two reasons — our Ontario Women’s Triathlon taking place on the Saturday always draws large numbers of first-timers from the women’s triathlon community in the GTA, and has a very welcoming vibe for ladies of all abilities. The Toronto Island Sprint on the Sunday has a flat bike and run course and the Lake Ontario water for the swim is usually very calm. Check out our video series following some women training for their first triathlon at OWT here and register for the races here.
If you needed any more encouraging, be sure to check out our ambassador Daniel Clarke’s video on 6 reasons to race our series this year: