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 15th will feature beginner events including the Kids of Steel competition, as well as the Adult Try-a-Tri and Adult Do-a-Du events. New this year is the Ontario Youth Cup Triathlon Series. This event is for developing athletes ages 14 and 15 who wish to participate in triathlons at a national level. All Saturday events will take place at the Leamington Sherk Recreation Complex.
Sunday, June 16 will showcase the Tomatoman Sprint Duathlon and Triathlon. Events will start at the Leamington Marina 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 1 qualification spot per Age Group for the 2014 World Age Group Sprint Triathlon Championships. To be eligible, all athletes must be full members of Triathlon Ontario as of event day.
Schools in Windsor-Essex are also encouraged to participate in the School Challenge. Last year’s top winners were Ruthven Public School and Leamington District Secondary School each winning $400. The Leamington Triathlon Weekend is a great way to involve your students and school in an active community event.
Registration for all events is now open. Visit www.tomatoman.org to register online or download a printable registration form and mail it to the Leamington Triathlon Committee. Entry fees can also be found online.
Last year’s event brought in 508 participants. Spots will fill up quickly, so please register by June 1, 2013 to secure your spot at this year’s event.
Further information about the Leamington Triathlon Weekend can be found at www.tomatoman.org.