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Bridgetown Triathlon gearing up to offer stiff competition for athletes

The cycling course for the Bridgetown Triathlon stretches between Bridgetown and Annapolis Royal.
The cycling course for the Bridgetown Triathlon stretches between Bridgetown and Annapolis Royal. - Contributed
BRIDGETOWN, N.S. —

Triathletes will be converging on scenic Bridgetown during the Natal Day weekend to participate in the annual Bridgetown Triathlon.

Events begin with the registration for the Kids Fun Triathlon at the Bridgetown pool at 8 a.m. on Aug. 3. Participants ages five to 12 can compete in four categories, ranging from a 150-meter swim, six-kilometre bike course and a 1.5-km running course, to a 25-meter swim, 500-meter bike ride and a 100-meter run. The registration fee for kids is $15.

The adult triathlon competition begins at 5:30 a.m. on Aug. 4 at the transition area in Jubilee Park. There are four categories of events: the Long Course, Olympic, Sprint and another called Try A Tri.

The distances covered in the various categories range from a 1.9-km swim, 90-km bike course and a 20-km run for the Long Course, to a 300-meter swim, 10-km bike ride and a 3-km run in the Try A Tri event.

Race director Peter Whiteley said in an interview with Kings County News that the Bridgetown Triathlon Society organized its first triathlon in 2002. All events are sanctioned by Triathlon Nova Scotia, and all adult competitors are members of the provincial body.

Whiteley said competitors have to be in top shape.

"To do 90 km means the participants go to Annapolis Royal twice on their bikes,” he said.

“I think they do it to prove how fit they are.”

‘GRIZZLED VETERANS’


Tom Ross of Middleton says triathlon is a demanding sport that requires disciplined training.

Ross, 68, has competed in about a dozen triathlon events in Bridgetown. This year, he will share the events with teammates Gerry MacDonald, who is 73, and Ron Stevenson, 74. Ross will swim in a 750-meter sprint in the Annapolis River.

“We are grizzled veterans,” Ross said. “But we can still chew the leather.”

“It is a sport and has a competitive aspect. I think it’s a personal challenge. Especially for me, as I’m doing the swimming. It’s putting me on the edge of my comfort zone because I’m not the world’s best swimmer.”

He said the Bridgetown event offers an attractive physical location to compete.

“It’s a wonderful physical facility with the river there. And the running and bicycling courses are nice as well. There’s not a lot of traffic for the road courses,” Ross said.

“It’s been a good event for Bridgetown over the years. It’s brought people into the town.”

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