Youth triathlon around the corner

.

  • Jun. 15, 2011 10:00 a.m.

CHARLES TWEED/Ponoka News

It will be the first triathlon of its kind in Ponoka.

The Ponoka Youth Triathlon will be hosted by the Emergency Tri-Services, and is designed to offer youths the opportunity to experience the sport of triathlon in a safe and positive environment while at the same time promoting fitness and activity.

“We’ll have in excess of 100 participants,” said RCMP Staff Sgt. Cameron Chisholm.

The triathlon, which consists of three disciplines — swim, bike and run — will weave its way through the community beginning at the Aquaplex where the swim portion will take place.

“There may be some parking restrictions and traffic will be restricted in the pool area for the event,” said Chisholm.

The kids will jump out of the pool and hop on their bikes heading north along the Battle River toward the dog park before turning back south and returning to the transition area.

From there, the kids will trade in their bike helmets for runners and head south along the river before making the turn and heading back to the Aquaplex.

The distances in the Ponoka triathlon will be shorter than those in adult or professional triathlons but will still offer a challenge to kids aged six to 18.

The event will cost only $5 per entrant and will rely on volunteers from the community to be a success.

Chisholm said that every participant would walk away with something and there are draw prizes for mountain bikes and IPods.

The triathlon will cause some traffic restrictions and closures throughout the day.

“The trails will be closed for a couple of hours between 11 (a.m.) and 1 (p.m.),” said Chisholm.

Just Posted

The Brick Learning Centre celebrates 2019 graduates

The “Good Old Days” continue on

Ponoka senior receives first place writing award for her memoirs

Anne Teeuswen, 88, recognized for “Spending Time With My Memories”

Traffic safety measures during the 2019 Ponoka Stampede

Reduced speed limits and temporary four-way stop start June 22

June 21 is National Indigenous Peoples Day

Events held around town, Maskwacis

Air Canada reviewing how crew left sleeping passenger on parked plane

In a Facebook post, the woman said she woke up ‘all alone’ on a ‘cold dark’ aircraft

Ponoka RCMP searching for two missing persons

Last seen in Ponoka June 22, 2019

PHOTOS: Event marks one year since soccer team rescued from Thai cave

Nine players and coach took part in marathon and bike event to help improve conditions at cave

Fighter Jets light up Bucs’ to take AFL first place

38-3 loss puts Central Alberta into second place in the AFL

PHOTOS: Scamp the Tramp wins World’s Ugliest Dog Contest

‘He’s Scamp the Champ, no longer Scamp the Tramp,’ his Californian owner said.

Deals on paid time off for domestic violence ‘beginning of a wave,’ says expert

Philippines was the first country to pay for domestic-violence leave, starting in 2004

Calgary Flames select forward Jakob Pelletier with the No. 26 pick

The 18-year-old winger from Quebec City had spoken with the club earlier in the day and knew they were interested

Central Alberta RCMP constable found not guilty of sexual assault

Justice Grant Dunlop acquitted Const. Jason Tress following a week-long trial in Red Deer Court

Most Read