Monday, 17 February 2014

Subaru Western Triathlon Series Announces Races for 2014

Subaru Western Triathlon Series Announces Races for 2014
New Features Added
The Subaru Western Triathlon Series announced today the 2014 race schedule along with some exciting new features for the upcoming race season.  The Series, which has become one of North America’s premier triathlon series’, features five exciting events hosted in beautiful locations across Canada’s West Coast, Rocky Mountains and Prairie Region.  Athletes of all ages and abilities, from first-timers to the top elite, participate in different distances including Half Ironman, Olympic, Sprint and fun Relay events.  The 2013 Series was very successful with highlights including a new race in Saskatoon that was aired nationally on TSN, the first ever Western Canadian High School Championships in Shawnigan Lake, the National Long Distance Championships in Vancouver, World Championship qualifiers, new course records and race sell-outs. 
New features for the 2014 Series will begin in Shawnigan Lake with the inaugural Trestle Challenge distance.  This race will feature a 1.5km swim, 45km bike and a half marathon run course out to the spectacular Kinsol Trestle, which spans the Koksilah River ravine and runs high over the treetops in the Cowichan Valley.  Shawnigan Lake will also host the second annual Western Canadian High School Championships.  Two student dedicated events, Sprint and Super Sprint, will be offered once again.  Last year’s inaugural event drew students from 35 high schools, with many of these participants completing their first triathlon.
The Subaru Vancouver Triathlon will once again host Long Distance National Championships where the top 10 amateur athletes in each 5 year age group and the top 4 Elite athletes will qualify to represent Canada at the 2015 World Championships.  New to the roster will be a Half Iron distance Aqua Bike course; a swim and bike event with no run segment - perfect preparation for Ironman Canada Whistler taking place 2 weeks later.  The classic Saunders Subaru Victoria Triathlon will be expanding its Saturday music festival, and all the races will again keep many of the features that athletes have come to enjoy: beautiful courses, professionally-run events, qualifying spots, expos, family activities, great race garments and much more.  
The 2014 Subaru Western Triathlon Series:
1.       Shawnigan Lake – May 25th
2.       Victoria – June 15th
3.       Saskatoon – June 29th
4.       Vancouver – July 13th
5.       Banff – September 6th
Registration opens for the Series Season’s Pass on November 1st and for the individual races on November 15th.
About the Subaru Western Triathlon Series:
Experience the awe-inspiring BC west coast forest of Shawnigan Lake, the amazing lakeside trails of the legendary Saunders Subaru Victoria Triathlon at Elk Lake, the picturesque downtown River Valley and charming country roads of Saskatoon, the spectacular urban backdrop of Vancouver and its North Shore Mountains, and the breathtaking beauty of Banff National Park. 
Rachel Macatee, Communications Coordinator
Subaru Western Triathlon Series