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20th anniversary ​Kincardine Women’s Triathlon set for Saturday, after two-year delay

July 6, 2022

In 2020, the Kincardine Women’s Triathlon was all set to run its 20th anniversary race.

Planning was well under way for the celebration, with a special 20th anniversary theme on the event’s branding, as well as the medals each participant would receive. As usually happens, the race was sold out shortly after registration opened. Everything was set. Then the COVID-19 pandemic hit.

A few months before race day, the then-Kincardine Women’s Triathlon executive decided to postpone the race to 2021. However, again, the state of the pandemic led the executive to decide to postpone the race for another year.

Finally, this Saturday, July 9, the Kincardine Women’s Triathlon will run its 20th anniversary race!

“It’s a relief to finally get this off the ground and see our racers back at Station Beach,” said race director Haileigh Duplantis. “We’re so excited we’re back, and to be able to celebrate our 20th anniversary race.”

Participants from the 2020 race were able to re-register for this year’s event at no extra cost. Then, registration was opened to the public. There are 400 participants in this year’s race, which will begin Saturday at 9 a.m. at Station Beach.

The organizers remind local residents of the following road closures, beginning at 8:30 a.m.:
  • Huron Terrace, from the Kincardine Harbour south to St. Albert Street
  • Penetangore Row, from St. Albert Street to Bruce Avenue
  • Bruce Avenue to Goderich Street
  • All of Goderich Street, from the boardwalk to Boiler Beach Road and south to the 10th Concession at Bruce Beach

“We really appreciate the local residents’ co-operation with us since our first race in 2000,” said Duplantis. “This has allowed us to run a safe event.”

As well, the public should be aware that Station Beach and the harbour area are closed to vehicular traffic from 6 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday.

The festivities begin Friday evening, July 8, at Station Beach. Participants are encouraged to pick up their race kit between 5-7 p.m., and get their bike tires pumped up by Martin’s Bicycle Shop, 360 Boards and Bikes, and Shepp’s Cycle, or do some yoga on the beach with Eric Cunliffe of Shakti Rhythm, starting at 5:30 p.m. If you are interested in taking part, bring a towel.

Saturday, check-in and race kit pick-up (photo ID required) will be held from 7-8:30 a.m. All participants must check in before 8:30 a.m. If you picked up your race kitn Friday, you still need to visit the registration area for body-marking and to pick up your timing chip.

A pre-race meeting will ble held at 8:30 a.m. in the transition zone, to go over the course and safety reminders.

The race begins at 9 a.m. sharp, with the triathletes heading to the beach for the 375-metre swim, while the duathaletes will line up for their first three-kilometre run on the Zuul Run course.

After the first leg, both the triathletes and duathletes will hit the road for the NPX Cycle, which is 12 kilometres from Station Beach to Boiler Beach with a turnaround at the 10th Concession in Huron-Kinloss.

The third leg is a three-kilometre run on the Zuul Run course - the second run for the duathletes and first for the triathletes.

Everyone is welcome to cheer on the athletes at this great event!

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