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Banff to host triathletes in September

Registration opens today.

The Subaru Western Triathlon Series recently received approval from Parks Canada for the Banff International Triathlon and registration for the September 11, 2010 race opens today.

Park Canada initially rejected the proposal to hold the triathlon due to concerns over the race swim site and the proposed race date – a busy time for the National Park. However, a revised proposal (with a new date and less environmentally sensitive swimming venue) was accepted, making the race truly unique since it takes place in a National Park and an UNESCO World Heritage Site. Athletes will swim in Two Jack Lake, bike around Minnewanka Loop Road, and then into the town of Banff finishing the run on Banff Avenue and Central Park.

There will be two distances – the Olympic distance (capped at 500 athletes) and the Sprint distance (capped at 250). Relay teams are included within those caps.

“We are very excited with this decision by Banff National Park to allow the event to proceed,” said Cathy Noel, General Manager of the Subaru Western Triathlon Series. “This process has been long and required perseverance, but in the end it has made for a better event that will have the highest degree of environmental sensitivity.”

Banff Lake Louise Tourism is ecstatic to be partnering on this outstanding new event,” said Stuart Back, director, In Resort Services for Banff Lake Louise Tourism. “This triathlon allows us to welcome athletes to discover the splendour of enjoying sports in Banff National Park. The course takes in some of the finest, world class views of the Park and they are sure to leave all participants breathless.”

Click here for registration information.