Another Successful Port Hood Triathlon
Sonia Morris finishes her run
-by Angus Watson
It was a perfect morning for Cape Breton's only triathlon, the TD Wealth Port Hood Triathlon, held last Sunday. Eighty-five people registered for the event and except for five participants, all olympic and sprint event participants came from outside Inverness County.
“This is one of the nicest races you will ever do,” said one of the organizers, of Triathlon Nova Scotia to the group gathered on the beach getting ready to do the sprint. “For 27 years they have been doing this race, and some have been doing this since day one.”
One person who has been in every race but one, is committee member and organizer Coline MacEachern, Port Hood, who is proud of the hospitality and beauty that her community offers. One participant even came from Alberta, arriving at the airport just six hours before the start of the event.
Starting at 8:00 am, the olympic group entered the waters on Port Hood beach. Lucky for them the ban on swimming was lifted and the waters were in the best condition for the athletes. They swam 1500 metres, proceeded to bike 40 kilometres, then the final distance of 10 kilometres. Stanley Cameron and Andreas Burger of Mabou were among the 18 olympic participants.
The sprint participants did half the distance of the olympic participants, and there were five relay teams involved.