Day two of the Kiwanis
Club of Nipissing Triathlon Weekend saw another 200
athletes tackle the course under sunny but cool temperatures
today are perfect. It is a little bit cool. The water
temperature was only 17 degrees this morning, but
that allowed everybody to wear a wet suit if they
chose,” said race director Nancy Birtch.
“It is sunny so
that keeps it a little bit warmer, but the athletes
are working at a very high intensity so they’re
quite happy with it being a little bit cooler because
then they don’t overheat. There won’t
be the need for water as there was in other years
when the temperature was probably 25 to 28 degrees
without the humidex.”
started with the Try a Tri with over 50 adults and
“They did the short
distance triathlon which was a 300-metre swim, 10
km bike and a two km run,” explained Birtch.
“After that was
finished, we started the adult event. We have the
Duathlon which is a run-bike-run and the adult event
which is the swim-bike-run which includes a relay
team event as well.”
The adult individual
swim-bike-run event is the most competitive.
female champion is Jennifer Piper. She has won it
the last two or three years. She is here defending
her title. Josh Witt would be the one defending his
title. He didn’t participate last year or the
year before. He won three years ago and is back. The
champion from last year and the previous year are
not here this year.”
Kai Wilson’s first
time competing in a triathlon earned him a first-place
finish in the Try a Tri men’s under 20 category.
Originally from Tokyo,
Japan Wilson was part of a group of competitors from
Camp Chikopi near Magnetawan.
“Going out with
the swim was pretty tough. It was definitely pretty
chilly in the water. I was breathing pretty hard coming
out of the water. The bike ride wasn’t the best
performance I wanted, but I was able to come back
with the run,” said Wilson.
Helping as a volunteer
was Ahmed Jouar, who holds the record as the only
person in Northern Ontario to have competed in the
Boston Marathon for 20 consecutive years.
As an elite athlete,
he knows how much training goes into being in peak
physical and mental condition.
“You need a lot
of training, focus, and patience and then just set
the goal,” said Jouar who has been volunteering
for over 13 years.
in North Bay is the hardest one. I told everybody,
if anybody does the North Bay one, they can do anything.”
He says the day is about
people setting goals and having fun.
“We have a lot
of people who never did it before and when they start
with the Try a Tri, the next year they set another
goal and they do the big one,” said Jouar.
is a 1,000-metre swim, 30 km bike and 8 km run.”
An event of this magnitude
can’t happen without the support of family,
friends and volunteers.
you can’t do the triathlon,” said Jouar.
“We start usually
around 5:30 in the morning getting ready, and we are
here all day. But we like to help.”
Money raised from the
weekend will go towards various Kiwanis projects and
Locals at North Bay on Day 2
1,000-metre swim, 30 km bike and 8
Tri a Tri
300-metre swim, 10
km bike and a two km run,