Dynamic Race Events and the City of Nanaimo, in conjunction with Tourism Nanaimo are pleased to announce that the 1st
Annual Westwood Lake Triathlon will be held in Nanaimo at Westwood Lake Park on Sunday June 26, 2016. This event is expected to draw triathletes, from beginner to professionals, from Western Canada and the Pacific Northwest, to test their fitness on the challenging course.
The Westwood Lake Triathlon will offer athletes the choice of three distances; a Sprint course, Olympic course and Half Iron distance.
Westwood Lake is an ideal setting for a triathlon event, having been the venue for triathlon for the BC Summer Games in 2014, as well as being the lake that many of the city’s triathletes use for their open water swims. The bike course for the Olympic and Half Iron will be a challenging one, with some good climbs and quick descents, with the majority of the run course taking place around the scenic Westwood Lake Trail.
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.
This event has the support of both the City of Nanaimo and Tourism Nanaimo.
“The Nanaimo Parks and Recreation Commission is pleased to give support to the Dynamic Race Events proposal for a triathlon to be held at Westwood Lake on June 26, 2016.” Ian Thorpe, City Councillor and Chair of the Parks and Recreation Commission said, “Westwood Lake is a perfect location for a triathlon, and the organizers have a great deal of experience staging similar events. It should prove to be an exciting addition to Nanaimo’s sports scene, and a real benefit to local sports tourism. We look forward to giving our continued support and cooperation.”
Lesley Anderson, Executive Director for Tourism Nanaimo added “We’re very excited to welcome this new event to Nanaimo in 2016. These types of events contribute to community sport and athlete development. They are also critical to tourism’s success by giving visitors a reason to come, stay, and to return year after year”.
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