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Toronto Triathlon Festival 2015 Race Recap

Credit: David Duncan
Credit: David Duncan

On Sunday, June 21st the fourth annual Toronto Triathlon Festival took place in Toronto’s downtown core with continued success. The race offers a unique and exciting opportunity for triathletes to race in an urban setting along the city’s major roads in Olympic and sprint distance races. The bike course, spanning a closed-down Don Valley Parkway, was the highlight of the race for many as riders felt like they were flying through Canada’s largest city, passing by the iconic CN tower and through collections of high-rise buildings. The race was executed extremely well, especially considering the difficult lengths race directors had to go through to make it happen. Lake Ontario’s chilly 16 degree water made the swim portion – an out-and-back route in the Toronto harbour – wetsuit legal. With the TTF as part of the Provincial Championship and National Qualifying Event, the top three men and women of each age category in the Olympic and sprint races were awarded a coveted spot at the 2016 ITU World Championships in Mexico.

Olympic Men’s Winner Andrew Bolton. Credit: David Duncan










Overall Olympic Men’s Results:

Andrew Bolton (Richmond Hill) 1:54:30
Rj Ross (Port Elgin) 1:55:12
Kirk Hopkins (Peterborough) 1:56:22

Overall Olympic Women’s Results:

Kirstie Kniaziew (Leamington) 2:07:23
Michelle Pearlman (Toronto) 2:12:19
Heather Low (Ottawa) 2:15:00

For the first time ever, the Junior/U23 race was draft-legal. This addition was sanctioned by Triathlon Ontario as part of the new Junior Cup and Elite/U23 Cup. TTF served as the first race of six for this season’s Cup Series.

Junior/U23 Sprint Men’s Results:

Austen Forbes (Dundas): 00:53:43
Gaspar Riveros (Guelph) 00:54:14
John Rasmussen (Guelph) 00:54:17

Junior/U23 Sprint Women’s Results:

Dominicka Jamnicky (port Hope) 1:01:14
Leanna Lee (Scarborough) 1:04:37
Meghan Lamers (London) 1:06:10