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About racing with other female athletes

By Jessy Deroneth

I raced my first Wasaga race this past weekend. Not only I finished top female but also top in my age category with a PB.

As much as I am very happy with my results, I wanted to share about sportsmanship between the females I have met through MultiSport Canada races.

I experience such every race but I wanted to use this past race in Wasaga to demonstrate.

We are at the Duathlon start line. The pros (including Andrea Smith who takes first spot) and the men are gone with the first wave and the remainder of AG female are all in the second wave.

I have raced with Nicole Rodaro and Tori Jones enough to know that Tori Jones could easily beat me on the bike and Nicole took me on the run several times before. Storie Serres was right behind me at Gravenhurst so she could easily take the lead as well. We all look at each other trying to figure out who will take the lead for 2nd place. 

And off we go. Well off Nicole goes. Both Tori and I looked at her in dismay of her strength. Tori and I ran together for a very short time but within a kilometer or so, I started to take on Nicole. And soon enough I realize that I could pass her… the question is always for how long? I kept going but I start to realize that I am leading the female race.

At some point on the course, there is a big arrow pointing left.

The only problem with being the lead is that you are suppose to know where you are going. My boyfriend MADE me revisit the run course before I left for Wasaga. I swear. And yet, here I am, puzzled because I don’t remember anything I read a few days ago. And with the men and the pros long gone, I could not see anyone ahead of me to know whether or not to go straight or to turn. So I turn.

It takes me about 100m into that street to realize that was a no go. So I come back only to see the disappointment  in Nicole’s face and a few other male athlete (one who approached me later to confirm) to see that I wasted time on a turn.

For some reason, my legs are cooperating with me and I am despite my extra 200m, I am still leading.

But there is this turn again.  Here goes the magic of triathlon community: on the way back there was the turn again and  I guess one female realize I was doubting myself again… (ok, I was probably shaking my hands up in the air at this point).

“RIGHT!!!” one yells.

“THEN LEFT!!!” 

“THEN LEFT AGAIN!!!”

“GO HOME!!!” (jokingly, of course)

To which I answer at that point: NOT YET! and started laughing to myself. 

As I approach T1, another past racer in the audience looks at me straight in the eyes: she is coaching and cheering me. I have yet to officially met her and yet I met her eyes again close to the finish line as she claps and cheers me on (I forgot her name).

As much as I am very happy with my results, and it is a very individual sport, I am working with a team of women. They are strong and fierce and don’t get me wrong, they will take me on and make my race worthwhile on the course. But we are all in this together and we support each other.

I don’t think I’ve ever had an MSC race where I wasn’t so inspired by all the women.

And this is one of the reason why I du it.

2019 Wasaga Beach Pre-Race Report

Thank you for registering to race with us at the SOLD OUT Wasaga Beach Triathlon!

Please note there will NOT be any race day registrations. 

We are very excited about our partnership with our Presenting Sponsor Martin’s Family Fruit Farms!  Back this year is our fantastic Nutrition Sponsor F2C.

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2019 Wasaga Beach Triathlon and Duathlon Waves

Sprint Triathlon

Wave Wave Time Categories Swim Cap Colour
1 8:30am Pro / EAG, M 29 & Under 73 White
2 8:33am M 30 to 44 81 Pink
3 8:36am M 45 to 59 74 Yellow
4 8:39am W 34 & Under 101 Red
5 8:42am W 35 to 49 87 Light Blue
6 8:45am M 60+, W 50+, Relays, Swim/Run 92 Silver

Sprint Duathlon

Wave Wave Time Categories  
1 8:30am All Males + Pro
2 8:35am All Females

 

Olympic Triathlon

Wave Wave Time Categories Swim Cap Colour
1 10:30am Pro / EAG, M 29 & Under,

W 29 & Under

88 Light Blue
2 10:33am M 30 to 44 102 Red
3 10:36am M 45 to 59, and Paratriathletes 93 Silver
4 10:39am W 30 to 49 72 Pink
5 10:42am M 60+, W 50+, and Relay 68 Yellow

 

2018 Wasaga Beach Pre-Race Information

Thank you for registering to race with us in Wasaga Beach!

We are very excited about our partnership with our Title Sponsor Skechers Performance and Presenting Sponsor Martin’s Family Fruit Farms!  Back this year is our fantastic Nutrition Sponsor F2C.

Please tell your friends that there WILL BE race day registration!

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Important Wasaga Beach Parking Information

Wasaga Beach Participants please note – Parking is now available as of 6am! Please review the following parking map.

Please note the Playland lot is NOT available as this is the transition area. Click here to view lots with 6am parking.

HONK

  1. Download “Honk Mobile” from the app store
  2. Signup/create a login
  3. Login to the app using the account created
  4. Select the option “Enter Zone ID”
  5. Search the zone you wish to park in. (Spruce=5700, Playland=5701, First Lot=5702, Third Lot=5703, MPA/4th Lot=5705)
  6. Select the duration you wish to pay for. Minimum payment in these lots are $6 for 2 hours, and all day is $15. After $6 each dollar is equivalent to 20 extra minutes.
  7. Process payment by visa, mastercard or paypal

NEW MACHINES

  1. Push the green button to power on the machine
  2. On the touch screen, select Start
  3. Add coin to the coin slot OR insert a credit card (visa or mastercard) into the card slot *Debit visa cards do not work
  4. If you inserted a credit card, take it out.
  5. Select the duration you wish to pay for. Minimum payment in these lots are $6 for 2 hours, and all day is $15. After $6 each dollar is equivalent to 20 extra minutes.
  6. Once the user has chosen how much they wish to pay for, select the green button that says print.
  7. A parking validation will come out of the machine. Place it face up on the dash of your vehicle.

So you don’t like your swim wave….

When designing our races we have tried to please as many people as possible by using an athlete’s perspective in the race design. We are also always looking to be fair and provide a relaxed atmosphere. Having said that maybe the best way to start this article is with this quote, “You can please some of the people all of the time, you can please all of the people some of the time, but you can’t please all of the people all of the time.”

Over the years we have had many athletes who are faster swimmers approach us about the possibility of moving up to an earlier wave so they can avoid having to swim around slower swimmers. The simple reason for not allowing this in the past is, moving up to an earlier wave is unfair to others in your age group because you are no longer racing under the same conditions as the others in your wave. Beyond the desire to have a fair race for everyone, the first consideration in deciding on start of a race and the waves is the underlying need to produce the safest race possible. This article is intended to give you the logic behind that process. Read more

MultiSport Canada Club Championships @ Wasaga Beach!

MultiSport Canada has always been committed to the development of the sport and working with Triathlon Ontario. In 2018 we are happy to announce that we will be hosting a second Club Championship, which mirrors the Triathlon Ontario Championships. That means that in 2018 there will be two Club Championships with cash awards, the Triathlon Ontario Club Championships and the MultiSport Canada Club Championships. This is another way where MSC continues to give back to the sport.

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Objective

To encourage the growth and development of the multisport club and to encourage and promote friendly competition between clubs in a sanctioned environment. Prize money is awarded to assist clubs with their financial obligations and to better serve their athletes. Read more

Ontario Championships & ITU Qualifying events at MultiSport Canada

Triathlon Ontario, the recognized Provincial governing body of Multisport in Ontario, announced its complete 2018 schedule for its Provincial Championship races and hosts for National Qualifying races for the 2019 ITU Age Group World Championships and we are host to a number of events:

 

Long Course Triathlon 
Saturday, June 23 – Rose City/Welland
The long course event at Welland will host the Long Course Provincial Championships for the first time.

 

ITU Qualification Race – Sprint Triathlon
Sunday, June 24 – Rose City/Welland
The Sprint Triathlon race at Welland will serve as host to one ITU World Championship qualification spot for the Sprint Triathlon in each age group per gender.

 

Sprint & Standard Duathlon ITU Qualification Race
Saturday, August 11 & Sunday, August 12 – Bracebridge
Cottage country will be the scene for the Duathlon Provincials and for those looking at a second chance to claim an ITU World Championship spot. There will be one qualification spot per age group per gender in each distance.

 

ITU Qualification Race – Standard Triathlon
Saturday, August 25 – Wasaga Beach
The Wasaga Beach event will offer Standard Distance triathletes another qualification opportunity this summer with one qualification spot per age group per gender.

 

Youth Cup
The 12-13 Youth Cup Series finale takes place once again at MultiSport Canada’s Lakeside KOS on Saturday, September 8th.

 

Aquabike Provincials & ITU Qualification Race
Sunday, September 16 – Niagara Falls Barrelman
The fastest growing Ontario event over the past couple of years is serving as host to a new Provincial Championship and ITU Qualifier by offering two qualification spots per age group per gender.

 

As a reminder, in order to compete for a Provincial title or an ITU qualification spot, athletes must be 2018 Triathlon Ontario members before the event. There are no 2019 ITU Long Course qualification spots in Ontario in 2018 at this time.

 

2017 Wasaga Beach Pre-Race Information

Thank you for registering to race with us in Wasaga Beach!

We are very excited about our partnership with our Title Sponsor Skechers Performance and Presenting Sponsor Martin’s Family Fruit Farms!  Also new this year is our Nutrition Sponsor F2C.

FRIDAY EVENING REGISTRATION IS BACK! 4PM – 6PM come on by and pick up your race kits.
Please tell your friends that there WILL BE race day registration!

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Go For Cover in Wasaga Beach

GoForCover is a towel/cover up that you can change your clothes underneath. Athletes can pre-order the towel in advance and pick it up on-site, or directly at the event.