Banff National Park will once again play host to the Subaru Banff International Triathlon on September 10, 2011. Quickly becoming known to triathletes as one of the most scenically beautiful races in the world, this year’s event is expected to attract hundreds of participants from around the globe.
New to this year’s event, the Super Sprint, will include a 300 metre swim, 12 kilometre bike ride and five kilometre run in contrast to the traditional Sprint (500 m swim/25 km bike/five km run) and Olympic (1500 m swim/40 km bike/ten km run) distances of last year’s inaugural Banff race.
“We added the Super Sprint to give absolutely anybody the opportunity to participate with the shorter distance,” said Paul Regensburg, senior coach and director of LifeSport Coaching and Events. “Banff is the perfect place to end the annual Subaru Series of triathlons, the icing-on-the-cake so to speak, so we wanted triathletes of all levels to be able to experience racing in this unique and beautiful setting”.
All of the athletes will begin the race with the swim across picturesque Two Jack Lake, followed by the cycle around the scenic Minnewanka Loop Road before running alongside the shores of the aqua-coloured waters of the Bow River to cross the finish line amidst hundreds of spectators lined up along Banff’s famous main street, Banff Avenue.
Elite triathletes such as Briton’s Scott Neyeldi, the 2009 Ironman UK champion, the 2010 Subaru Sooke Sprint Champion, Martina Wan of Vancouver, and the 2010 Subaru Banff International Triathlon runner-up Grant Burwash of Calgary, are expected to compete alongside hundreds of recreational triathletes from around the world, including competitors from the UK and Germany. Some participants will compete as relay teams and nearly 100 children will join in the scheduled Danone Kids Run.
The race has been carefully planned to respect the national park’s protected environment. “The Subaru Banff International Triathlon’s success represents another triumph in Banff National Park’s efforts to bring increased enjoyment and exposure to the area,” said Julie Canning, President & CEO of Banff Lake Louise Tourism. “Special considerations must always be made when events take place in a protected UNESCO World Heritage Site such as this, but the triathlon is proof that Banff can host exciting international events while celebrating our natural landscapes.”
The forecast for this weekend’s races is fantastic with sunny skies and a maximum high temperature of 25˚C expected. Registration for the triathletes wanting to participate remains open until noon on September 5, 2011.
For more information about the Subaru Banff International Triathlon and registration details, visit www.triseries.ca/banff .