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Previewing “The Canadian” in Ottawa

A World Record to be set in the Iron 226 Triathlon on Saturday September 1.

“The Canadian”, held in Ottawa and just minutes away from the House of Commons, takes place this coming Saturday September 1 and features Ontario’s only Iron distance race – the Iron 226.

Aside from the featured Iron 226 Triathlon & Duathlon events, the day also supplemented by and the Iron 226 SwimCycle, the Iron 113 Triathlon, Duathlon, SwimCycle, & Swim, the Olympic Triathlon, the Sprint Triathlon & Duathlon, the Super Sprint Triathlon, the Try A Tri, the Canoe & Kayak Triathlons, and the Wylie Ryan Kids’ Surf and Turf. Add to that an evening Marathon, Marathon Relay, and Half Marathon, as well as the Morning 3 & 8Km Runs.

Find out more at – https://somersault.ca/eventcanadian.htm

A World Record is also expected to be set at the Iron 226 event.

Ironman Athlete to Break Guinness World Record

James Lawrence to break Ironman Triathlon World Record at Canadian Iron 226 Triathlon

By Jacques Bazinet (jacquesbazinet@insideoutdev.com)

James Lawrence will break the current Guinness World Record for the number of Ironman Distance Triathlons completed in a year when he crosses the finish line at the Canadian Iron 226 Triathlon in Ottawa, Ontario, CA on September 1, 2012.  James is racing 30 Ironman distance triathlons in 1-year in pursuit of setting a new world record.

The current Guinness World Record for the most Ironman Triathlons completed in 1-year was set in 2008 by Stefaan Engels from Belgium.  Stefaan set the record at 20 triathlon races.  Each race is 3.8 kilometers of swimming, 180 kilometers of cycling, and 42 kilometers of running.

James Lawrence began his journey to break the current record and set a new record on January 8th, 2012, at the HITS Triathlon Series in Naples, FL where he placed first overall.  Since his first race, James has finished in the top 10 five times and has consistently finished races in the top 10%.  His grueling adventure will take him to 10 different countries on five continents, with races in Mexico, New Zealand, Australia, Brazil, South Africa, Switzerland, Germany and Austria.  James will also be completing races in Canada and the United States.

“It is very humbling to have made it this far in my journey to set a new world record-a journey that has required both physical and mental stamina. ” states James Lawrence. “This record breaking race would never have been possible without the efforts of family, friends, the triathlon community, and anonymous supporters along the way.”

This will not be the first Guinness World Record that James has set.  In 2010, James set his first triathlon related Guinness World Record by completing 22 Ironman half-distance races in 30 weeks.

James is breaking the Guinness World Record and he is raising awareness and funds for In Our Own Quiet Way, a  Utah-based non-profit that is focused on infrastructure planning for water resource management in Kenya; i.e. putting dams, boreholes and wells in the most strategic places for maximum impact and longevity of provision.

About James Lawrence
James considered himself athletic when he participated in his first endurance event at the age of 28, where he struggled to complete a 4-mile run.  Amused at how difficult James found it, his friend challenged him to a triathlon, encouraging him to take his athleticism to the next level.  James says he “became hooked” and set his sights for the most challenging endurance event-the full Ironman distance.  He completed his first full Ironman distance event in 2008.

James, 35, is originally from Alberta Canada, but moved to Utah twelve years ago.  He is married with five children.  You can follow James on his journey to set a new world record on Facebook and Twitter. You can also view a full schedule of races with completion times at Trimapper.com (https://www.trimapper.com/triandgiveadam/).