Goderich Triathlon: For athletes and spectators alike

25 Aug

By Diva Caroline Thuss

GODERICH – I was up and at it early on Aug. 16 and fuelled by coffee to make it down to the Goderich main beach before the start of the Goderich Tri. Even though I get down there well before 8 a.m., many athletes and volunteers were already there for what would be hours before the event started, getting things set up and going over final details to make this event run smoothly.

triathlon2Everywhere I look I see the orange shirts of the volunteers, so if anyone needs any assistance it’s easy to get some guidance. I can’t even imagine how many hours that Jeremiah Sommer (race director) and the rest of the crew have put in to make this the scale of event that the Goderich Triathlon now is.

Participants come from all over Ontario, even a participant from New York State. The dedication that these athletes put into training for an event that can have athletes swimming 1000 m, biking 40 km and then finishing up by running 10 km is admirable. (Other race categories include the shorter beginner Try-A-Tri and the run / bike only Sprint Duathlon.) traithlonmainLooking at how wavy Lake Huron is this morning, I am sure it would feel like 2000 m for the swim, with the temperature expected to break 32 degrees and the humidex on top of that I can only imagine how spent these triathletes are by the end. A cold beer would sound in order to me:)

It’s exhilarating watching the athletes complete the different sections of the course and push through any negative thoughts they must have to stop and take a break. Many participants cheer on other triathletes as they passed each other and volunteers and spectators keep them going with cow bells, hand claps and cheers. It truly is an inspiring experience. The local triathlon club, the Huron County Tri Hards, are out in full force and sporting 4J on their arms or legs in support of their teammate, Julie Sawchuk, who is recovering from a horrific accident.

For those who are interested in other area events check these upcoming events:

Gateway to Health and Wealth trail run and walk Aug 29th

http://www.gatewaytohealthandwealth.com/

 

The Bad Thing Trail Race Oct. 31

http://www.racethebadthing.com/
If you are like me and would like to start training for next year’s Goderich Triathlon, check out these two local groups for training sessions, tips, and inspiration: Huron County Tri Hards and Huron County Endurance, both are on Facebook.

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