Earlier in the year, Triathlon Ontario announced their provincial long course series for 2019. The series will include Multisport Canada’s Rose City Triathlon, Ironman 70.3 Muskoka, K-Town Triathlon and Niagara Falls Barrelman.

Tamara Jewett wins Barrelman Niagara Falls 2018. Photo: Brad Reiter.

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With the race season less than a month away, here are a few of Ontario’s biggest events.

The Subaru Triathlon series begins on June 2nd with its first race of the season in Milton at the Kelso Conservation Area. Just an hour’s drive outside of Toronto, this race offers Try-A-Tri, Sprint Triathlon and Duathlon races, as well as a Swim/Bike race. Four other races will follow in the series, including two events at Guelph Lake Conservation Area.

The Leamington Triathlon weekend (also known as “Tomatoman”) is one of the longest standing, independent triathlons in Canada. In the past, it has attracted athletes across Ontario and some of the biggest names on the Canadian triathlon scene. In 2018, Lionel Sanders put on a show at Tomatoman. Taking place over the June 8th and 9th weekend, the Leamington triathlon includes a Kids Triathlon, Adult Try-a-Tri, Adult Do-a-Du, Sprint Triathlon, Sprint Duathlon, Open Water Swims, and 5km Run.

Lionel Sanders at Tomatoman. Photo: Brad Reiter

Over the June 22/23 weekend, the Multisport Canada series kicks off in Welland with the Rose City Triathlon. This two-day event offers a variety of races, from the Long Course and Sprint Triathlons to aquathlon, aquabike and duathlon events. This is a great event; swimming in the rowing basin, and then motoring along a very flat and fast bike/run course to test the legs. The Rose City Triathlon is one of eight Multisport Canada series, including Niagara Falls Barrelman.

The only Ironman-branded race in Ontario takes place on July 7th, 2019 in Huntsville, Ontario. Ironman 70.3 Muskoka is a stunning race, but also one of the most challenging events in Canada. There’s a reason why they call the race ‘the beauty and the beast.’ The bike course, in particular, will challenge athletes of all abilities. Follow that up with a run that usually features undulating terrain and little shade, 70.3 Muskoka is a beast.

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Nigel Gray at Rose City Triathlon.

Taking place in Canada’s largest city, Toronto hosts the eighth edition of the Toronto Triathlon Festival (TTF).  On July 20/21, Canada’s elite and age group triathletes will swim in Lake Ontario, redefine rush hour on the Gardiner/DVP and sprint along Martin Goodman trail. TTF will also be the host of the Mixed Team Relay and age group Provincial Championships. On August 24th, the Triathlon Ontario Club Championships will take place at Multisport Canada’s Wasaga Beach Triathlon.

For a complete listing of Ontario’s sanctioned races go to Triathlon Ontario, Subaru Triathlon and Multisport Canada websites.

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