Triathletes in Western Canada heard good news to kick off the new year. Last week, Angie Woodhead, owner of the Calgary-based Dynamic Race Events announced it was full-steam ahead for 2022.
The race roster includes the kick off event, at what will probably be the first open-water triathlon in the country for 2022, at Westwood Lake, near Nanaimo, BC. That race features both a sprint and standard distance.
In addition to the other races at Oliver, Elk Lake, and Cultus Lake, Woodhead is excited about a new race offering called the Sagelands Triathlon on August 7. This new race is likely to go ahead and would make an excellent tune up race for those training for Ironman Canada, as it features a cycling leg that includes a double ascent (and descent) of the famed Richter Pass.
On social media over the past months, athletes holding series passes to these races were expressing frustration about the lack of communication from Dynamic Race Events. This latest announcement will hopefully lay those concerns to rest.
Here’s a look at the 2022 race schedule:
- Westwood Lake Triathlon: May 15, 2022
- Oliver Sprint/ Standard Triathlon: June 4, 2022
- Oliver Long Distance (half) Triathlon: June 5, 2022
- Elk Lake Triathlon: July 31, 2022
- Sagelands Triathlon: August 7, 2022
- Cultus Lake Triathlon: To be confirmed
Non-Gendered race category
In Nov. 2020 Dynamic Race Events created a “non-gendered” race category at the series.
“The non-gendered category is a self identifying opt-in category, inclusive and open to anyone choosing that option in the gender question portion of race registration,” the company said in a statement on its website. “Awards in this category will be given out to the Top 5 in each distance at each event in the Series, with plans as the category grows to expand the opportunity to add in age groups to the award system.”
“While 2020 has been a challenging year as a race organizer, it has allowed us all to take pause and be reflective and critical of the events we produce and how we can make them better and more inclusive,” Woodhead said. “Inspired by an article profiling pro-triathlete Rach McBride that addressed their thoughts and feelings about being a non-binary athlete in a binary system, we decided that if there was any way for Dynamic Race Events to help positively contribute to the change in narrative for those in our community who do not feel that this is an inclusive system within our sport from a gender perspective, that now was the time to change that.”
You can find more information about the series here.
Kevin Heinze is the host of the endurance sports podcast Fitspeek, and a coach with Tri*Joy.