Toronto Triathlon Festival…

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… so back in October I reported that the City of Toronto had decided to allow a Triathlon in downtown Toronto!… which is good news, especially in a city that isn’t particularly friendly to racing on it’s streets.  It was going to be an Ironman 5150 race (Ironman’s new name for an Olympic distance tri)… but I spoke to Lisa Bentley about it and warned her that the odds were 50/50 for getting really cold water in July, she agreed and said that “that was one of several reasons they had decided not to hold the race”. 

But now I see there is a race planned for July 22 anyway!  Which is great, but there is still the risk that Lake O rolls over… especially for the wimpy triathletes that haven’t trained with LOST!  😉

It doesn’t look like this is an “Ironman Corp” event, so it looks like someone else decided to step up and take their place and start up a new race!  Good for them…  it looks like it will be well done and should be a great race… just  hope the water temp holds out… oh well, if it is cold, the tough LOST swimmers should kick butt!

About TTF

The Toronto Triathlon Festival is a celebration of the ultimate challenge of human endurance and tenacity. On July 22, 2012, for the first time ever, athletes will have the opportunity to experience a quintessentially urban triathlon on the downtown highways of Canada’s largest city.

http://www.torontotriathlonfestival.com/

 

PS.  a bit more info from another LOSTie on these races:  From what I’ve gathered the Ironman 5010 is still happening that same weekend in Muskoka (in place of the former long-course triathlon). The TTF event is apparently happening by another group in order to legalize the course for the Pan Am Games. In order for it to be legal there needs to be an age group event run on the same course before the games begin.

Cheers,

Rob

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I founded LOST Swimming because I like open water swimming and would like to see it grow and thrive in Lake Ontario. I started as a competitive swimmer as a kid and ended up getting as far as a silver medal at Nationals and going to the Olympic Trials in 1988. But I retired after that, I was sick of swimming. So I got into running marathons and have run over 35 to date, as well as a few ultra marathons, including the Marathon des Sables (7 day, ultra across the Sahara Desert). I also kind of fell into triathlons and have done a handful of Ironman tri's too. This gradually got me back in the water and in 2006 I took the plunge and attempted swimming the English Channel. I didn't quite make it across, but the circle was now complete and after 17 years I was a swimmer again! Although I still do plenty of pool swimming, I now much prefer open water swimming and like to say that open water swimming is to pool swimming, what trail running is to treadmill running! As a result I hope to encourage more people to join me for a dip in Lake Ontario as often as we can!

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  1. From what I’ve gathered the Ironman 5010 is still happening that same weekend in Muskoka (in place of the former long-course triathlon). The TTF event is apparently happening by another group in order to legalize the course for the Pan Am Games. In order for it to be legal there needs to be an age group event run on the same course before the games begin.

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