The Subaru West Coast Triathlon Series organizers, sponsors and athletes gathered today at Saunders Subaru for the announcement of exciting new features for the 2009 season! National Training Center members, Paralympians, and other triathletes were in attendance to make the announcements.
Paralympian, Stephanie Dixon will be participating in the Series this year as part of a relay team for the "Olympic Battle of 2008 Summer vs 2010 Winter" athletes. "This will be a fun battle that will put 2008 Beijing Summer Olympians and Paralymians in relay team completions against some 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympians, bringing athletes of all sports together" Said Dixon.
2008 Sooke Champion, Chris Boudreaux, announced that the Subaru Sooke Triathlon is now a World Championship Qualifier for Age Group athletes. Triathletes will have an opportunity to compete in Sooke for the Olympic distance 2010 World Championships held in Budapest, Hungary and the Long Distance 2010 World Championships held in Immenstadt, Germany.
Lucy Smith, local elite athlete and 19 time National Champion said "top quality events such as the Series are critical to the development of triathletes" To further develop these triathletes Smith announced the prize money at the Vancouver event has increased to $10,000 to attract more elite athletes to use the Series for training purposes.
"Despite the bad economy we are expecting to grow this year to 2500 participants, and our initial registrations are showing this growth trend" Said Event Director John Botelho. "600 volunteers and 20,000 spectators will also partake in the event".
Other additional features that were announced today included:
- Police & Firefighter divisions added as World Games approach
- Shawnigan Lake awarded Provincial Championships
- Olympic distance added to Shawnigan Lake and Sooke events
- New Balance Victoria Half Iron Triathlon added a Sprint distance
- One lucky Subaru Vancouver finisher will win a VIP trip to Hawaii Ironman
- Subaru Vancouver Event will be nationally televised for the 2nd year
For more information contact Shantel Cordeiro at Shantel@lifesportcoaching.com or 250-744-3648
About the Subaru West Coast Triathlon Series
The Subaru West Coast Triathlon Series entering only its 3rd year continues to attract top athletes and experience tremendous growth. The Series features four exciting events hosted in beautiful locations across Canada's west coast. Athletes of all abilities, from first-timers to the top elite athletes, will participate in different distances including half an Ironman, Olympic, Sprint, and Relay. The events will have a festival feel and include an expo, kid's fun run, entertainment, and clinics hosted by top international coaches and athletes.
The Subaru West Coast Triathlon Series will kick off with Canada's only May long distance triathlon in Picturesque Shawnigan Lake featuring the Trans Canada trails on May 24th. Next up will be the perennial sell-out New Balance Victoria Triathlon held on the edge of Victoria at scenic Elk Lake on June 21st. Vancouver will play host the third stop on the Series in the magnificent setting of the Spanish Banks beaches framed by the backdrop of the city skyline and panoramic North Shore Mountains on July 12th. The final race in the Series will be contested in the beautiful ocean side community of Sooke on the south western tip of Vancouver Island on September 13th. For more information on the Series please visit www.triseries.ca.