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Multi-Sport at the Lake returning to Sylvan Lake

Athletes from across western Canada will compete in triathlon, aquabike or duathlon on Aug. 11

Multi-Sport at the Lake is set to return to Sylvan Lake on Aug. 11.

The Bad Ass Sports Club, formerly the Sylvan Lake Triathlon Club, is hosting the second annual event.

Athletes will be able to compete in triathlon, aquabike or duathlon.

Race Director Cathy Forner says a few aspects of the event will be done differently this year.

“We have changed the configuration of our finish line and our location of our little market at the lake,” said Forner, adding they have also changed the run route.

“In the past it ran all the way through the streets of Sylvan and we’re actually going to take it through Norglenwold,” she explained. “That makes it super nice, kind of rustic rolling hills.”

Multi-Sport at the Lake is Triathlon Alberta sanctioned event, so people from all over western Canada will be coming to compete for a spot for the 2020 World Championships in the Netherlands.

Forner says there are people registered from Victoria to northern B.C., Saskatchewan, and as far as Winnipeg.

She says the event brings new people to town and partnering with local businesses help them get a sense of what Sylvan Lake is so they return in the future.

Despite being a World qualifying event, Multi-Sport at the lake aims to target new people who have never done open water swims.

“There aren’t many opportunities in Alberta to do an open water swim at the sprint of the standard distance which makes us a great sort of transition from doing the pool swim for triathlon to open water swim,” said Forner.

The event also features a Timbits Family Fun Relay, which is designed for kids aged five to 12 to run as a team with two adults.

Those looking to compete in Multi-Sport at the Lake can register online before Aug. 2.

Multi-Sport at the Lake is also looking for volunteer support and those looking to help out can register for their time, location and position online.

Volunteers will receive a T-shirt, refreshments and breakfast.

The Bad Ass Sports Club also tries to give back to the sport community through the event by partnering with Jumpstart and KidSport to donate funds.


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