Adding excitement to the Canada Day weekend, sixty athletes competed in the 26th Barry’s Bay Triathlon on Sunday, June 30. As always, the race drew competitors from well beyond the Valley. Race Director Elser Lee (Faith) Archer acknowledged the great support the organizers received from the OPP and Paramedics saying, “They are very gracious.” OPP cruisers were stationed at strategic junctions along the cycle route as determined at the advance planning sessions with race organizers and the Township. An OPP marine unit assisted at the 750m swim in Kamaniskeg Lake, supplemented by safety kayaks from Madawaska Kanu Centre and triathlon volunteers.
Other volunteers assisted with directions, hydration stations, checkpoints and turn-arounds for both the 8km running and 32km cycle routes. As a safety measure triathlon volunteers stayed in radio communication during the race with the OPP, marshalls and organizers so that the location of each competitor was always known. More volunteers assisted with the celebration barbecue held at Lakeshore Tennis Courts following the race.
Archer said it is the fifth year for this organizing team and they are grateful for many returning volunteers. She said the event was originally begun by Mark Gunner, Dave Fields and John Briggs who each served as race director for seven years. In 2014 the event was not held, but since 2015 she and her husband, Dave Archer, have been race directors.
- The individual triathlon winner was Ben Snider-McGrath of Port Perry with a time of 1:40:32.6
- The triathlon relay was won by Barry’s Bay team SplashFlashAndDash: Maureen Lepinskie (swim), Anna Minichilli (cycle) and Janet Adams (run). They returned a time of 2:21:14.3
- The individual duathlon was won by Ottawa resident Mike Moore who finished in 1:57:50.6
- The duathlon relay winning team was Clan McCallum from Barry’s Bay: Colin McCallum (run) and Emily McCallum (cycle). Their time was 1:59:09.3
As usual SportStats Canada provided race timing. Their timing system connects to the ankle bracelet worn by individual competitors as they begin and finish each section of the race. Click HERE for detailed results.
Every event brings its challenges and the 2019 Barry’s Bay Triathlon had a few. The late spring made Kamaniskeg pretty chilly for the swimmers, the cyclists battled the wind along Highway 60, and the run route marshalls and volunteers were swarmed by hordes of blackflies on Siberia Road.
For more details about competing and volunteering, or just to get a head start on next year’s Barry’s Bay Triathlon, click HERE to visit the website.