Dynamic Race Events - Nov/Dec Newsletter

As the 2015 race season draws to a close, we wanted to touch base before the hustle and bustle of the Holiday Season takes hold.

We are working hard on the 2016 races, we look forward to delivering our deserving athletes a superior race experience and we are preparing for the best events possible.

We are thrilled to continue working with our current sponsors and are to share with you shortly the news of new partner sponsors for the upcoming year.  Watch your inbox and our Facebook page for these exciting additions.

We wish all of our athletes- past, present and future - a very happy, healthy holiday season with your family and friends.


Here is your chance to have it all!  Sign up before January 31st for only $399 and take advantage of early bird pricing for this offer and you get entry to any and all Dynamic Race Events Triathlon races for 2016.

The Dynamic Race Events series pass allows holders to participate in as many of the 2016 races of any distance that they choose.
October 17th to Jan. 31st           $399       EARLY BIRD Price
Jan. 31st to May 15th                 $450       2016 SEASON Price
Race Schedule
May 29 - Cultus Lake Spring Triathlon (Sprint, Olympic)
June 4 - Wine Capital of Canada Triathlon (Sprint, Olympic)
June 5 - Oliver Half Iron & 1/54/10 (1/54/10, Half Iron)
June 26 - Nanaimo Triathlon (Sprint, Olympic, Half Iron)
September 18 - Cultus Lake Fall Triathlon (Sprint, Olympic, Half Iron)

JUNE 26, 2016
Westwood Lake Triathlon

Half Iron, Olympic and Sprint

The Westwood Lake Triathlon will offer athletes the choice of three distances; a Sprint course, Olympic course and Half Iron distance.

Looking for a challenging Half Iron next summer?  Training for Ironman Canada and want to test yourself?

The addition of the Westwood Lake Triathlon to the 2016 race calendar will give athletes hungry for more race options an alternative north of the Cowichan Valley for an open water triathlon that is locally owned and produced and keeps the island feel, while still delivering the full experience that our athletes are used to receiving. 

We feel the date and course is a perfect test for those planning to race IMC in Whistler at the end of July.


Westwood Lake is 62 hectares in size and isn't a very deep lake so depending on Spring temperatures you will often see athletes training there starting in May.  It is located just 4 km from downtown Nanaimo.

The swim start and finish will be from the beach and be a loop swim.  Expected water temperature on race day between 18-20 degrees.



The Bike Course for all three races has the same initial 10 km section with the Sprint being an out and back course.

The Olympic bike course is one loop course with some challenging short climbs and fast downhill sections.

The Half Iron bike course is most of the Olympic course route with the addition of a section that includes the climb up Meadows Drive.



Westwood Lake trail is well maintained and used for many of the local running races throughout the year.  The lake loop is around 6 km.  We're currently working on finalizing the run course for the race.
Click HERE for further information.



Sprint & Olympic

Sunday May 29, 2016
1 km Swim, 54km Bike,  
10 km run

Sunday June 5, 2016
Sprint & Olympic
Half Iron

Sunday Sept 18, 2016

Sprint & Olympic

Saturday June 4, 2016

Sunday June 5, 2016

Olympic & Sprint
Half Iron
Sunday June 26, 2016
2016 Series Pass


We will be celebrating ten years of racing at Cultus Lake next September. 

For the first time there, we will be hosting a Half Iron distance race in addition to both Sprint and Olympic distance races.

The new Half Iron Swim and Bike Course maps are up on the race website for viewing. 

Clink HERE to view these maps.


The swim will be a two loop course with a water start.  The Half Iron Swim Course will be an extension of the current Olympic & Sprint Course to make it easy for all athletes to follow.


The bike course will see athletes ride out 10 km towards Yarrow and then completing two 35 km loops before returning to Cultus Lake.   This will be a flat course through rural farm country.  We plan on having the course map on our website this week.


We are finalizing a two loop run course.

Come join us for and finish up your season at Cultus Lake.


We're excited announce that Raceday Timing will be returning as our timing partner at all of our 2016 races. 

Mercury Rising Phat Camp

What:  6-day triathlon training camp in Tucson, AZ

When:  February 21-28, 2016

Accommodation:  It's included!! 3-bedroom condos on a golf course on Tucson's west side. Walking distance to pool, restaurants and (most importantly!) Starbucks

Coaches: Experienced pro and age group coach Clint Lien, Ironman Champion and Coach Sara Gross (Coaches will be added if camp numbers increase)

What to expect:  The camp will be focused on base miles and strength on the bike and technique/speed on the  swim and run.  The ol' fave sessions from previous years will be on the schedule including at least one ascent of Mount Lemmon and our annual "Desert Duathlon" in Saguaro National Park.  Like last year, we will have good SWAG, evening trips and talks from the coaches to keep us busy!

Price:  $1400 with $600 deposit

If you are interested or have any questions, please email:  Camp is open to all!!

Check out the 2015 Phat Camp video above. 
Looking for a break this winter?  Test yourself and train like a pro.


Racing at Ironman Arizona was an interesting experience.  It was my first Ironman race since Kona 2006 and the first, and hopefully not my last, with my beautiful wife.

When I first met Angie she had been doing triathlon for over a year and told me that at some point she would like to do an Ironman.  As I had “retired” after my last Ironman race I didn’t think much of it until earlier this year when the opportunity to race alongside her in Arizona presented itself.  I knew that I would be training with her in the coming months and realized come race morning that I would regret not racing so I made the call and decided to race again.

It was different training this time around, as I was older and had acquired knee issues and an extra 30 pounds along the way.  An overhaul in diet, a great training program and scheduled workouts lead by my beautiful goal orientated wife meant I didn't miss many workouts (which was something that I was prone to do in the past).  First time ever spin classes and morning swims with one of the fastest Masters groups around helped make things happen.

Ironman racing means something different to each athlete and why they race is just as varied.  What started as a chance to train and race with my wife also became many lessons learned about myself along the way.

Thanks to my friend and coach Clint Lien for all the laughs and getting back in touch since I moved to Victoria. You're great, but don't get used to hearing that from me ;)

IMAZ was a bit of a long day.  With all that time out there I was able to think and reflect on how fortunate I am to be here still and the many, many friends that have been so great to me and meant so much, especially those that I have met through our sport.

I can honestly say that I was not nervous race week, as I knew Sunday would be what it would be and unfold based on how I reacted.  It was nice to be able to be there for Angie as she went through the brief moments of anxiety that you get before your first Ironman.

IMAZ was a great week and it is a beautiful race venue and course.  Race day started off mild and was looking good until the clouds rolled in and it began to pour for the third lap of the bike making for cold athletes and slow transition times out of T2.  It was great seeing BC athletes Christine Cogger from Pemberton and Anthony Toth and Duane Foley from the Fit Club triathlon Club out there as well.

Close to seven hours on a bike gives you time to be in your head.  I thought of my Dad who I miss every day, thought of how great life has been since I met Angie, about our girls and of my friends in the sport along the way.  Many of my friends that work for Ironman were on site working the race and were giving me both loving harassment and support over a long day.

Angie caught me about 10 km into the run and at that moment I appreciated being able to race and do what we do.  I knew that Angie would catch me, I just wasn't sure when.

Angie crossed the line and was announced as an Ironman with a time of 13:54:32.  With an Ironman PB of 16:33, I had some room for improvement this year and was happy to finish over an hour faster than previously.

The race helped remind me the need to appreciate, thanking volunteers, thanking my family for being onsite for close to 17 hrs and thanking my wife for helping me get back to being myself again.

I've been home a week and I'm already starting to browse running and triathlon races for next year.  I better be careful, I've heard that all of this training can become habit forming.

All the best to all of you as you plan for next year, whatever your goals might be.


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Watch for our next newsletter, for exciting race updates, sponsorship announcements, athlete profiles and event news.

We welcome your feedback

Joe Dixon - Race Director    

Angie Woodhead - Athlete Services    


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