Navy Tridents Triathlon a good fit for all ages and skill levels
By Ryan Melanson,
Warmer weather may still be months away, but members of the Navy Tridents Triathlon Club are busy preparing for the 2018 race season, and recently opened registration for their signature annual event. This year’s Navy Tridents Triathlon and Duathlon is set for Sunday, June 3 outside the Shearwater Fitness and Sports Centre.
New for this year is the addition of a Kids Triathlon, consisting of a 100m pool swim, 1.5km bike ride, and an 800m run. The race will be one of a handful of kids triathlons in Nova Scotia this year, and Triathlon Nova Scotia has put a focus on getting younger athletes interested.
“It’s about breeding the sport from the ground up,” said PO2 Beth Fellows, a member of the Navy Tridents club. With just a $10 registration fee and a medal for every participant, they hope to bring some young racers out to Shearwater. The course is also small enough that parents can keep on eye on their young ones.
Other events include the Duathlon (2.5km/20km/5km), Try-a-Tri (300m/10km/2.5km), and the full distance (750m/20km/5km) Sprint and Draft Legal Sprint Triathlon. A team relay option for the Sprint distance has also been added for this year, along with distinct civilian and military categories for competitors.
With the different distances and categories available, the race is being promoted as one that can be accessible to every member of the family.
“There’s the Kids’ Race, there’s a Try-a-Tri if you’re not quite sure about the distance, there’s the team relay if you don’t want to get your hair wet, and there’s sprint and draft legal, which are distances that can potentially qualify you for the National Championships if you’re in the military,” PO2 Fellows said.
The indoor pool swim, rather than the open water more common for triathlons, makes the event an especially good choice for kids and first-timers, and there’s enough time left until June 3 to get yourself in race shape with a 12-week training plan.
The first 100 people to register get a free Navy Trident swim camp, and registration prices also increase after May 16, so now is the ideal time to commit to racing. Sign up now for the 16th annual edition of the race at https://raceroster.com/events/2018/15361/tridents-triathlon-and-duathlon-2018