Nelson’s Cyswog’n’Fun triathlon begins with an open water swim in Kootenay Lake

Nelson’s Cyswog’n’Fun triathlon begins with an open water swim in Kootenay Lake

Countdown to Cyswog’n’fun has begun

Athletes have just over a month to train for the three-sport endurance event happening Sunday, August 3 at Lakeside Park.

Nelson’s Cyswog’n’Fun triathlon is fast approaching.

Athletes have just over a month to train for the three-sport endurance event happening Sunday, August 3 at Lakeside Park.

“That’s long enough for a new athlete to prepare for the Sprint distance race,” said race director Larry Bickerton, referring to the shorter of the two course options.

The Sprint course begins with a 500 metre swim in Kootenay Lake, followed by a 22 kilometre bike ride out towards Six Mile and back, then a five kilometre run through Lakeside Park. It’s ideal for competitors who are trying the sport for the first time.

For more experienced athletes who may have already started training for the race, there’s an Olympic distance course, which includes a 1,500 m swim, 39 km bike and 10 km run. Competitors follow a similar route as the Sprint race, with additional distanced added onto each stage.

Either distance can be completed individually or as a relay team of two or three people.

“Racing on a team is a good option for families or any participants who don’t have time to train in all three sports,” said Bickerton.

To register for the  Cyswog’n’Fun Triathlon go to trinelson.com and either fill out the online form or print off a paper registration form to be dropped off at Gerick Cycle. Early bird registration discounts are available until July 6.

The Cyswog’n’Fun is supported by CIBC Wood Gundy, EZ-Rock, Gerick Cycle, Kootenay Lake Dental Clinic, Lakeside Physiotherapy, Main Street Diner, Nelson District Credit Union, Nelson Star and Whitewater Ski Resort.