On your mark, get set, go!

The warm weather was welcomed at this year’s annual Elkford triathlon. Hundreds of athletes participated, travelling from all over British Columbia and Alberta.

Emmet Graham crosses the finish line.

Emmet Graham crosses the finish line.

The warm weather was welcomed at this year’s annual Elkford triathlon. Hundreds of athletes participated, travelling from all over British Columbia and Alberta.

The Elkford triathlon is always very well attended and thanks to numerous hours from volunteers also very successful.

Participants can compete solo or as groups of two or three. The event consists of a 750 metre swim at the Elkford Aquatic Centre, a 20 km bike ride and finishes with a 5 km run.  Athletes have two choices for the bike route – the basically flat route from the pool towards Sparwood for 10 km, with the same route back to the pool, or a more challenging route from the pool to the four way stop and up the mine road.  After racking their bikes at the pool, it is a 2.5 km run towards the Elk Lakes and the same route back.

Once competitors were finished they enjoyed a shower, a hot tub and a complementary barbecue at the Elkford Aquatic Centre.