Welcome Back! Award Winners, USAT Nationals, Powerman Update

Welcome back duathletes! We took a little hiatus after Tillsonburg, to recharge our batteries and get ready to bring you some awesome content this upcoming offseason. Luckily, there was a lull in duathlon news as it affects Ontario duathletes. However, with the announcement of the Triathlon Ontario awards on Thursday, we would be remiss not to say…welcome back! Here is an update on some things that may be relevant to your plans for next season.

Congratulations to our Triathlon Ontario Duathletes of the Year. On Thursday, Triathlon Ontario released their annual award winners. Our Duathletes of the Year for 2014 and some of their 2014 accomplishments are as follows:

AG Male – Spencer Summerfield
19th (M25-29) ITU World Sprint Duathlon Championships
2nd Guelph Lake I Sprint Duathlon
3rd Belwood Duathlon
3rd Chatham-Kent YMCA Duathlon
2nd Lakeside Sprint Duathlon
4th Tillsonburg Charity Duathlon

Master’s Male – Daryl Flacks
1st Leamington Sprint Duathlon
3rd Guelph Lake I Olympic Duathlon
2nd Canadian Sprint Duathlon Championships (Belle River)
6th Canadian Duathlon Championships (Toronto)
2nd Ontario Duathlon Championships (Lakeside)
1st Barrelman Bike/Run (Niagara Falls)

Master’s Female – Tammy Purdy
1st Milton Duathlon
1st Welland Bike/Run
1st Peterborough Half Iron Duathlon
1st Valens Duathlon
1st Guelph Lake II Duathlon
1st Oakville Half Marathon (1:25:14)

Junior Male – Niko Racicot
18th Ontario Sprint Duathlon Championships (Harrow)
4th (M16-19) ITU World Sprint Duathlon Championships

Join Larry and Jesse in congratulating our winners, and enjoy your day on November 8! For those still interested in attending the day of Seminars & Awards next month, discounted rates expire TODAY. All the information you need to get your tickets can be found here. You can also read the full awards press release here.

Several people we spoke with this year expressed at least a passing interest in attending the USAT Duathlon Championships next season. The championships will have a new date for 2015, an earlier date that should fit better into a duathlete’s schedule before the summer racing starts in earnest. For those interested, you can read about Jesse’s experience in St. Paul last year here. Jesse is tentatively headed there again in 2015, and would love to bring a bunch of Canadians along with him this year!

For those following the emerging Powerman USA series south of the border, some bad news percolated to the top last week. Due to lack of interest and a desire to focus on the 2015 version of the event, Powerman Georgia on November 8 has been cancelled. Registrants were given the option of a refund or entry into the 2015 version as compensation. Though this cancellation is obviously a big blow to the fledgling series, it seems as if registrants were taken care of and given plenty of options. However, the lack of publicity to those not registered in the event does throw up red flags with us…how about you? Will you be participating in a Powerman USA event in 2015?

That wraps up this update. We are sure that information will be trickling out that concerns duathletes over the next weeks and months, and we will bring that information to you as we receive it. In the meantime, what races are you planning on attending in 2015? Join the conversation on Facebook, or on Twitter using the hashtag #OntarioDu.


Season Finale Recap – Onward to the Offseason!

This past weekend represented the finale of the Ontario duathlon calendar, culminating with a grassroots favourite, the Tillsonburg Charity Duathlon. The previous weekend was the last sanctioned race of the year, the inaugural Barrelman Bike/Run stretching from Welland to Niagara Falls. We’d like to take some time to recognize those warriors that stuck it out until the end of September to finish off the duathlon season with a flourish!

Despite the cancellation of the Barrelman duathlon, long course aficionados made the best of it at the Barrelman Bike/Run to Niagara Falls. Windsor’s Daryl Flacks won the men’s race after smashing the bike and suffering through the run in a time of 4:01:37 (2:24:24 bike/1:34:51 run), 8:06 ahead of runner-up Parichit Bagga. Elite runner and high performance running coach Nicole Stevenson took the women’s race in 4:41:22 over New Vienna’s Lauren Allen thanks to a sizzling 1:26:41 half marathon.

Read Daryl’s race report here.
Read Parichit’s race report here.

50+ athletes made their way to Tillsonburg on Sunday for the season finale. Amongst rave reviews about the race organization, there was also a solid contingent of racers who made the trip! Defending champion Scott Finch was a last-minute withdrawal, but he would have been in tough against elite triathete Chris Balestrini, who used race-fastest splits across the three legs to claim the win over Rob Whitmill, in a time of 42:55. Jennifer Ogg handily won the women’s race, in a time of 54:47, also securing a top 10 OA finish. Many athletes expressed excitement about returning to this race in 2015, a tribute to George Papadakos’ excellent work as RD.

Though duathlon season is over in Ontario, many athletes will continue on with fall seasons. Road races abound across Ontario in the fall, and many will take aim at 5k, 10k, half marathon, and marathon PBs. Others head to the muddy XC course for college, university, or the Ontario Masters circuit. Still others will continue on with duathlons, moving up in distance. The new Powerman USA series has 3 races that will start in 2014, in Georgia (November 8), Alabama (November 30) and Florida (December 14), Whatever your fall racing plans, we wish you all the best! Keep sending us race reports and keep tweeting at #OntarioDu so we can keep track!