Record setting event at Clear Lake, MB.

The Riding Mountain Triathlon/Duathlon took place this past Saturday with a record setting number of participants, 272!  Taking part in “Olympic Distance” fashion from MIT was Dale Sawatzky, Darren Reimer (both completing the 1500m swim, 40k hilly bike and 10k hilly run Triathlon) and Hans Epp (completing the 5k hilly run, 40k hilly bike and 10k hilly run Duathlon). Conditions were prime for PB’s with weather being cool with moderate winds even on the toughest course of the summer long series.  This was Darren’s first Olympic distance event and Hans’ 3rd of the Grand Prix Long Duathlon Series.  See www.triathlon.mb.ca for results.  All made it in safely with no flats and “not much left out there”. The story of the day was of Darcy Ready who is an accomplished Marathon Runner who had a flat 1/2 way into his bike portion of the Sprint Triathlon.  He ran his bike back 10k to the transition area up and down the steep hills along highway 10 and still managed to have the fastest 5km run time for the final leg of his race.  Unbelievable.  For me, many great memories of this past race season with new PB’s, Sprint and Olympic series goals accomplished (Special Thanks to Valrae/Jas for their amazing support), and a mixed feeling of relief that it is now done. (Sorry Patrick Fredette that I won’t be able to attend the Ste Anne Duathlon in September … maybe next year)  However, MIT is riding strong into the fall and for some of us, Clear Lake will return as part of the MS Dauphin to Wasagamming ride in September.   “The beat goes on”