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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!
BARRELMAN SWIM BIKE
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If you haven’t already done so you can print your Finishers Certificate from the SportStats links above. Once you get to the results page click on your name then click on the certificate icon and print or download.
By Roger Hospedales
Guelph’s Jackson Laundry redeemed himself after a DNF in 2016, and Toronto’s Tamara Jewett set a new course record at the 5th Annual Niagara Falls Barrelman Triathlon, presented by Keystone Communications. Read more
Thank you very much for joining us this past weekend! A big thank you to our local presenting sponsors
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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.
— By Daryl Flacks
“It’s not how fast you go but how long you go fast.” No one knows this better than endurance athletes. The ability to maintain speed over the longer distances requires consistency…. draining the reserves and then going beyond. It’s not uncommon in a hard training session to puke a little, shed some tears and have self-doubt. We strive to go faster, it’s all about speed. But is it really? I’m often asked, “does it get easier the longer you are in the sport?” The answer is simply “No”.
“It never gets easier; you just go faster” – Greg LeMond
Endurance sport requires a huge commitment but the satisfaction of completing your FIRST event is like no other. The hours dedicated to training, the new-found aches and pains, the highs and the lows…it became your normal. Your friends encouraged your sanity, in awe of your dedication and craziness – enjoy, you’ve earned it!
Too often our goal focused dispositions have us immediately analyzing our results. We want to go faster, race smarter and ultimately become better at our craft. We log longer training runs, buy more expensive equipment, analyze data and count calories. We train in less than ideal conditions and hunker down in the basement watching Netflix while putting in hours of training on the dreaded treadmill or bike trainer. The result if we’re lucky, is a brand new shiny Personal Best Time and the process starts all over. In a lot of instances, this is almost immediate.
Truthfully, many athletes have more bad days than good days. Training sessions that are less than fulfilling and races that don’t go as planned. Many second guess their training, are plagued with injuries have work commitments, family responsibilities and the inevitable…just simply getting older.
I speak from experience, seeing my fastest days are behind me. My training logs are filled with big mileage weeks – back to back and months on end. Times got faster but I was never satisfied. I was always chasing the next faster time, never appreciating the times I had worked so hard to achieve.
So, promise yourself to take a moment and relish your accomplishment. New to the sport? You just earned your first Personal Best Time. Remember, it’s never just a 5k, or “oh, I just did the Sprint distance.” You trained, you put in the effort and you worked hard for that result. There’s no guarantees in life. Take the time to enjoy each and everyone of your accomplishments because it never gets easier and there’s no guarantee we go faster. Enjoy the training, your new-found friends, health and the fact that you’ve achieved something many will never experience. You are a MultiSport Athlete!