Bi-Weekly Wrap – Duathlon Central Schedule, Registration, Tillsonburg Charity Duathlon, XTERRA Ontario

As we patiently wait for the ITU to announce the location for the 2016 World Duathlon Championships, and for Triathlon Ontario and Triathlon Canada to unearth their 2015 schedules (which is expected shortly after the holidays), we bring you some news.

2015 DUATHLON CENTRAL SCHEDULE CAN BE SEENĀ HERE
December is a time to start preparing for the upcoming season, and we are doing our part by bringing you the 2015 schedule as it stands right now. It can be accessed by clicking the “HERE” link above, or by clicking “2015 Schedule & Results” at the top right of the page. The schedule contains all of the popular series in Ontario, as well as some that may interest our readers, and will be updated monthly until it is filled out. We are still waiting for confirmation on many independent events, as well as the Triathlon Ontario, Triathlon Canada, USAT Duathlon Race Series, and the Quebec Cup championship schedules. Stay tuned!

All 2014 results, including Powerman Alabama, can be found here.

REGISTRATION OPENS FOR MULTISPORT CANADA AND THE SUBARU TRIATHLON SERIES’
This past Monday was the opening of registration for the Multisport Canada Triathlon Series, with the Subaru Triathlon Series also opening up today. Substantial discounts can be had for registering for your events early (especially with MSC’s new phased pricing), so head to those sites if you are ready to register! Remember, many race directors form pretty firm impressions of the success or failure (and from that, the future) of an event from the pre-registration numbers. Pre-registration also makes the lives easier for RD’s, which allows them to look favourably on groups of athletes. So sign up early and often! Check the sites of non-series races as well, as many have registration open now as well.

MULTISPORT CANADA SUPPORTED TRAINING DAYS
A new option avilable to athletes this year are Supported Training Days from Multisport Canada. Stripping the frills out of race day, add in a discount on your registration fees, and you have yourself an excellent chance to hone your race skills in a race situation. While you will have to do without the frills of awards, t-shirts and race timing, you will be able to take advantage of everything else that a race day has to offer…including no stop signs and red lights! Click here for more information on Supported Training Days.

TILLSONBURG CHARITY DUATHLON CONSIDERS DATE CHANGE TO VICTORIA DAY
The popular Tillsonburg Charity Duathlon of the past few years is considering a date change, moving from the end of the season (September 28) to Victoria Day. This change would fill a hole in the schedule vacated by the disappearance of the Victoria’s Duathlon and the move of the Woodstock Duathlon (back two weeks to June 6). Tillsonburg’s short, “super-sprint” distance would serve as a perfect drag race after Iron Hawk and before the season proper starts, hopefully attracting more than a few triathletes in the process. However, RD George Papadakos needs feedback on this date before moving forward with the change. Leave your feedback in the comments! Better yet…join the discussion on Facebook, in the Ontario Duathlon Enthusiasts group!

XTERRA ONTARIO, COMPLETE WITH DUATHLONS
For those looking for something a little different this coming season, Element Racing (who manages the popular Mine Over Matter off-road race) has something for you. 3 races that include off-road duathlons ranging in distance between the traditional sprint and international distances, but where the road racing is replaced with something a little more rugged…a mountain bike race and a trail run. The series starts with Mine Over Matter at Kelso Conservation Area in Milton (June 27), heads to Parry Sound next (July 25), and finishes in Thunder Bay by awakening the Sleeping Giant (August 29). The duathlon has been around for a few years at Mine Over Matter, but it is good to see them as a more rugged option to duathletes at all three events. We hope to see a good turnout so they will continue!

That’s all for now, so until next time!

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