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Leamington hosts the Ontario Sprint Triathlon Championships

At the Tomatoman race this coming Sunday June 17.

The Ontario Sprint Triathlon Championships are coming to the Leamington Waterfront on June 17th, 2012. Some of the best athletes from across the province will invade the region to not only vie for the title of provincial champion, but also to compete for World Age Group Sprint Triathlon Championship qualification spots.

Saturday June 16th will feature the beginner events including an adult Try-a-Tri and Do-a-Du as well the Kids of Steel competition.  Being shorter in distance than the full Sprint Triathlon and Duathlon, it is a good introduction for those new to the sport.  All Saturday events will take place at the Frank T. Sherk Fitness and Aquatic Centre.

Sunday June 17th will showcase the Tomatoman Sprint Duathlon and Triathlon.  All Sunday events will take place at the Leamington Marina Park/Waterfront Promenade.  Triathletes will face a 750m swim, a 20km bike and a 5km run.  Duathletes will tackle a 2.5km run, a 20km bike and a 5km run.  In the Sprint Triathlon category, there will be 2 qualification spots per Age Group for 2013 World Age Group Sprint Triathlon Championships being held in London England.  To be eligible, all athletes must be full members of Triathlon Ontario as of the day of the event.

Race kit pickup for the Tomatoman opens at 6:30am with racing starting at 7:30am.   As an added feature this year, race kit for the Sunday races will also be available for pickup at the Frank T. Sherk Fitness and Aquatic Centre from 2-4pm on Saturday. There will be no day of registration for any of the Sunday events.  Athletes must register in advance by either mailing in a registration form or registering online.  Further information on registration and road closures as well as course maps can be found at www.tomatoman.org – or find us at www.facebook.com/leamington.triathlon and www.twitter.com/tomatoman.