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A few things I learned from being a Lakeside Ambassador

Let’s leave our stats for a moment. Let’s pause and reflect. For many like myself, Lakeside was the last tri/duathlon of the season and the cooler weather is a reminder that we will soon be back to our training dungeons until the sun peeks out again, maybe in just a few months time.

This year was my first time as an ambassador for #MSCLakeside and being there are so many different aspects of the race, I have learned a lot. I wanted to share a few things that have striked me before but even more so as a helper on site:

  1. Tri/Duathletes are the best. I had a talk with my RMT and when I explained to her the feeling of being around fellow racers, she was surprised: she thought the competitive nature of the sport would make us mean and aggressive. But instead, you have a very focus group arriving in the morning either deep in their thoughts or giving hugs to everyone. During and after the race, you can count on other athletes to cheer for you or give you a hand. Whether or not you podium-ed, you made a connection with the person before or after you or even on the course. You look into each other eyes, and you both know how you felt on the course. You shake hands, you smile. You’ve connected with a pure stranger in a way that most don’t get to in their lives ever. As the dopamine and hunger creeps, the sharing begins. The smiles, the cries. At this moment, we don’t know nor care where you are from, what you did (it is starting to sound like a backstreet boys song, I am aware), we are all a family.
  2.  We’ve all been there. Around the 10/11 o’clock mark, try-a-tri athletes came through. As much as many started their first race that weekend doing the sprint and the Olympic, many more started with that one race. Do you remember that moment? Yes, I see me…. when I started 5 years ago. Needing guidance, encouragement, a smile. Those are what makes people compete again. We might have a tri/duathlon social network back home but many don’t. Don’t be afraid to reach out. Even better, volunteer!

Body marking… I might just have given you a smiley face

4. Inclusivity. ALL. EVERYONE. That means, it doesn’t matter what stage of life I get, you can be assure that someone going through it is there and doing their best. People of all age, size, racial background, etc. At this point we are all there for one reason and one goal.

5. Everyone is inspiring someone whether they know it or not. Some might tell you up front. Some might just gaze at you from a distance, or remember a kind gesture you made and remember you for years on and even pass it forward.

6. Have you met any of the staff at MSC? Hopefully you have or you will. Sure enough, they are there giving us instructions all the way through. But president Jason for example, will have a way to find you and connect with you at some point. If you ever needed help, Chris and Nathan are always around. You are part of this moment despite the individuality of this sport. Furthermore, they provide with a safe event that is well organized EACH and EVERY time. They will listen to your feedback.

Jason and his helpers that day. Always a great spirit.

7. This is fun. Once you get out there in nature, onto a a safe course and location, your body is free and your mind knows this is where you want to be. You might forget each year but you’ll remember once the season kicks off again.

Right?!

So if you are a tr/duathlete thank you for your contribution to that community.

If you are looking for a community, please join us next season. You will gain so much.

If you have children, hopefully you can include them as well. They will also gain skills that life wouldn’t otherwise and give them a way to deal with situations in a positive manner.

All the best luck for everyone participating in the #BarrelmanTri

In the meantime, cheers to everyone making the world a better place… one race at the time.

Jessey Deroneth

Bracebridge Olympic fun and Santa

This was my first time in at Bracebridge for the MultiSport Canada triathlon event. Every year I like to try another location in the Multisport series, they say variety is the spice of life, so I go back to my favs and expand my horizons each year. I had often seen signs for Santa’s Village from my car on trips in Muskoka and had this idea that it was a big Christmas seasonal fair… it turns out its several parks and camping sites with a Christmas theme. Something very different and people were out from the camp cheering us on the bike course which definitely added a new element to any Tri events I have done in the past.

I wandered around transition chatting to a lot of athletes, there are always a lot of people doing their first triathlon and have questions which was easily answered and put them at ease so they can relax and get ready for the race to begin. I was wearing an Ironman Ireland bike jersey and one female athlete came over to share her experiences from that wet day in Cork this year.

We headed down to the water and it was an in water start and the being in the water was warmer than standing on the beach for a surprise start to an August day.

The bike was challenging, a lot of ups and downs to make it more interesting and the aforementioned Santa’s village and support were a nice addition. There was a large crowd gathered at the run start/ finish area cheering everyone on. As you head out on the run you can see fellow athletes coming the other way, there were a lot of high fives and encouraging words flying about. The final stretch to the finish is where you muster up your last bit of strength to look fast in case anyone is taking pictures.

This was a great event and I am glad so many people came out to enjoy it. I am known for my love of ice cream post race and Bracebridge didn’t disappoint, I had even googled where to go in advance of my race so that I would know where to go and I got to see more of the town of Bracebridge . The ice cream store even had Muskoka chairs for us to sit in and my dog to stare at us outside as we watched the world go by.

There is a full weekend of events so there is something for everyone J. Another well organized event by MultiSport, just gotta love being able to drive to my races and home again to my own bed and bring my family.

My last triathlon of the season will be this month in Niagara at the Barrelman Half Iron distance race – North America’s largest Non IM Branded Half Event. If you see me come over and say Hi. Happy racing to you all

Felicia Long

2018 Barrelman Niagara Falls Post Race Report

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2018 BARRELMAN NIAGARA FALLS

Hot! Hot! Hot! But Fun! Fun! Fun!

Thank you to everyone who raced with us in such amazingly hot conditions! You should be very proud of your accomplishment. A very special thanks to all of the volunteers, some of whom were in that hot sun for almost 9 hours. This race, or any other, would not survive without them. We hope to see all of you again in 2019!

RESULTS – September 16, 2018

BARRELMAN TRIATHLON
BARRELMAN RELAY
BARRELMAN SWIM BIKE
BARRELMAN BIKE RUN

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Barrelman Niagara Falls Post Race Report

 

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A GREAT WEEKEND OF RACING AND FUN

We hope you enjoy this pictorial recap of a fantastic weekend of racing!

RESULTS – September 17, 2017

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Hansen Defends, Monnink takes his first at the 4th Rev3 Niagara Falls Barrelman

By Roger Hospedales

Jennie Hansen defended her title, while Jordan Monnink secured the overall win after finishing second twice before at the 4th Annual Rev3 Niagara Falls Barrelman, presented by Keystone Communications.

Defending champion, Alex VanderLinden led men (25:46) out of the calm waters of the Welland International Flatwater Centre. During the bike, Monnink caught up to VanderLinden, and both rode together for the majority of the 86 km bike course (shortened due to road construction). Within the final kilometres of the bike course, Daniel Clarke charged to the front and entered T2 first with the top ride of 2:02:59. Clarke, Monnink, and VanderLinden headed out on the 21.1 km course together, as the temperatures rose, setting the stage for a great men’s battle. Monnink eventually took control of the race and finished with the top run of 1:22:30 to claim his first Barrelman title after placing second in 2016, and 2015.

Monnink swam 28:00, biked 2:05:06, and ran a race best 1:22:30 to finish in 3:58:33.

Rev3 Niagara Falls Barrelman Triathlon (2 km swim, 86 km bike, 21.1 km run)

Top 5 Men

  1. Jordan Monnink (Ottawa, ON) 3:58:33
  2. Daniel Clarke (Toronto, ON) 4:01:36
  3. Alex VanderLinden (Kitchener, ON) 4:09:45
  4. Lee Roy (Bathurst, NB) 4:10:44
  5. Luke Ehgoetz (New Hamburg, ON) 4:11:58

Just like in 2016, Sheila Treleaven led the swim (26:26). Miranda Tomenson, second out of the water (28:43), made her way to the front of the race and entered T2 first with a ride of 2:18:26 (Paolina Allan had the top women’s ride of 2:14:11). But no one was going to stop the defending champion. Hansen passed Treleaven for the lead at the halfway mark of the run and closed with the women’s best run of 1:26:22 to defend her title.

Hansen swam 31:14, rode 2:19:08, and ran a race best 1:26:22 to finish in 4:20:35.

Rev3 Niagara Falls Barrelman Triathlon (2 km swim, 86 km bike, 21.1 km run)

Top 5 Women

  1. Jennie Hansen (Rochester, NY) 4:20:35
  2. Christina Charles (Prince Albert, SA) 4:23:35
  3. Katy Cargiulo (Salem, NH) 4:25:57
  4. Miranda Tomenson (Toronto, ON) 4:30:07
  5. Sheila Treleaven (Grimsby, ON) 4:30:33

Fire and Ice (Jessey The Elf, Phillip McCatty, and Evan Maiko) won the Relay event and had the fastest overall time on the day (3:50:50) thanks to a 25:30 swim, 2:08:43 bike, and 1:14:38 run.

James McNaughton of Sudbury, ON (2:35:59) and Amy Javens of Hermitage, PA (2:53:09) won the Swim/Bike race. Toronto’s Peter Schindler (3:38:37) and Alexandra Bade (4:26:19) won the Bike/Run race.

2017 Niagara Falls Barrelman Triathlon Age Group Champions

Over 1000 athletes participated in the 4th annual Rev3 Niagara Falls Barrelman on Sunday September 17, the largest ever for the event.


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VanderLinden and Hansen return to defend at Barrelman

By Roger Hospedales

A record 1100 athletes are set to take on the 4th annual Rev3 Niagara Falls Barrelman this coming Sunday September 17th.

While the bulk of the field consists of age groupers racing to achieve their personal best times, there’s much on the line this weekend for those going for the podium.

There is $5000 in prize money to be awarded to the top 5 male and female finishers (whether Pro or Age Group), valuable points are up for grabs for the Triathlon Ontario Long Course Series, plus the race serves as the Ontario Long Course Triathlon Provincial Championship, and Long Course National Qualifier for next year’s ITU Long Course World Championship (2 AG qualification spots).

Last year’s overall champions, Alex VanderLinden of Kitchener, Ontario, and Jennie Hansen of Rochester, New York, are expected to be on the start line to defend their titles. Hansen is fresh off of a third place finish at Ironman Mont-Tremblant, while VanderLinden will be looking to avenge his DNF from Mont-Tremblant.

Coming in strong is Ottawa’s Jordan Monnink. Last year’s runner-up, took third at Ironman Mont-Tremblant (his debut at the distance) so he will be looking to ride the momentum to the top of the podium this year.

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Toronto’s Daniel Clarke and Miranda Tomenson (second last year) notched numerous wins in the Skechers Performance Triathlon Series this season, and would love to top it off with a win on Sunday too. Clarke finished 8th at Ironman Lake Placid, while Tomenson finished 13th at Ironman Mont-Tremblant.

Guelph’s Billy Bostad, racked up numerous top 5 placings in the Skechers Performance Triathlon Series over the past two years, and has been concentrating on long course this season.

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Grimsby’s Sheila Treleaven is back and recently won the Wasaga Beach Olympic Triathlon. Treleaven led the swim last year, and finished third. Americans Nickie Luse (two top 15 placings on the 70.3 circuit this year), and Carrie

McCoy (6 Kona qualifications) are also athletes to look out for.

Canadian Masters athletes Paolina Allan, Luke Ehgoetz, and Jim Sunners will be be in the mix too. Allan finished second at the inaugural Barrelman in 2014, Ehgoetz finished fourth overall last year, and Sunners sixth.

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Ryan Van Praet and Syd Trefiak are taking part in the Rev3 Barrelman race for their second year in a row. The pair started racing together in 2009 and have completed many events all over the world. Van Praet has been a triathlete for 20 years, retiring from solo racing at the 2009 season due to the fact that his degenerative eye disease (retinitis pigmentosa) had worsened to the point of being unsafe. Trefiak a 14 year triathlon veteran, stepped up to help guide a total stranger, back in 2009 and the two have been good friends and teammates ever since. Ryan and Syd still have plenty of personal triathlon goals to pursue but their main focus is to lead by example, be welcoming and professional advocates for those with physical challenges, encouraging everyone to take on the life fulfilling sport of triathlon.

There are many stacked relay teams, and they will race head to head with the pro’s. Who will reach the finish line first?

Find out by tuning in to follow the Live Coverage of the 2017 Rev3 Niagara Falls Barrelman Triathlon on MultiSport Canada’s FacebookTwitter, and Instagram feeds. We are @MultiSportCan

Use or search the hashtag #BarrelmanTri to follow the coverage, and to share your story leading up to the race, and afterwards.
* The main coverage will be offered on Facebook, with supplementary posts on Twitter and Instagram.

Related Story: VanderLinden and Hensen Capture the Barrelman

Rev3 Niagara Falls Barrelman Live Coverage

Follow the Live Coverage of the 2017 Rev3 Niagara Falls Barrelman Triathlon on MultiSport Canada’s FacebookTwitter, and Instagram feeds. We are @MultiSportCan

Use or search the hashtag #BarrelmanTri to follow the coverage, and to share your story leading up to the race, and afterwards.

* The main coverage will be offered on Facebook, with supplementary posts on Twitter and Instagram.

How to Track a #BarrelmanTri Athlete on Sportstats?

Rev 3 Niagara Falls Barrelman Athlete Guide Update

Updated Sept 14, 2017

  • Welcome messages added
  • History of Barrelman added
  • Post-Race Shuttle information added

Updated Sept 11, 2017

  • Swim Waves info included

Updated Sept 5, 2017

  • Pre-race briefings and expo times updated
  • Beer Garden Information
  • Directions to Rapidsview Parking Lot

Updated Sept 2

  • Transition Area diagrams
  • Bike Rack Numbers for T1/T2
  • Swim Wave Start Times (age groups TBD)

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Daryl Flacks seeks third Bike/Run Title at Barrelman

Daryl Flacks winning his second Barrelman Bike/Run title in 2016.

When it comes to long distance duathlon in Canada, Windsor’s Daryl Flacks is often the man to beat, making use of his ultra running background to finish with a strong final run.

In 2016, Flacks won the inaugural Ironman 70.3 Muskoka Duathlon, and the Niagara Falls Barrelman Bike/Run event for the second time. Flacks returns to the Rev3 Barrelman Bike/Run event this Sunday to defend his title, but the preparation this time around has been less than ideal.

Flacks battled cellulitis early this year, knee issues (meniscus tear, loose kneecap, and the onset of osteoarthritis), and on August 24th, while on a training ride, a truck pulled out in front of him and he collided with it, snapping the aerobars of his bike.

“Luckily, I anticipated the turn and was able to dramatically slow down before coming to a sudden halt while smashing my body against his truck,” said Flacks.

Determined to be on the start line Sunday, Flacks got right back into training, and raced to a third place finish at the Lakeside Standard Duathlon last weekend.

We will have to wait until Sunday to find out if Flacks will capture his third Barrelman Bike/Run title, but there’s one thing we know for sure, when he toes up to the start line, he will give it his all from start to finish.

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Looking To Track An Athlete at Niagara Falls Barrelman?

A message from Sportstats to all of this who are looking to track your athletes this weekend here is how:
  • Add them to your watchlist on the link below
  • Login to facebook/twitter and follow them on your page
  • Simply search on the bib or last name click the circle under Facebook or twitter
  • Sportstats will have predicted times at each split and for the bike and run

Here are the links:

Individuals: https://www.sportstats.ca/display-results.xhtml?raceid=43787

Relays: https://www.sportstats.ca/display-results.xhtml?raceid=43788

Aquabike: https://www.sportstats.ca/display-results.xhtml?raceid=43789

Bike Run: https://www.sportstats.ca/display-results.xhtml?raceid=43790