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Fort Macleod Triathlon marks 16th year

The Fort Macleod Triathlon in 2018 celebrates its 16th year of providing athletes of all ages and abilities with a chance for fun and participation.
The triathlon offers competition in four categories on Saturday, Aug. 18 at the Fort Macleod and District Sports Centre.
“We are growing every year,” organizer Alan Poytress said.
Last year 208 men, women and children and 11 teams took part in the Fort Macleod Triathlon.
The event started as a mini triathlon, with distances in the three-event sport shortened for recreational athletes.
Then athletes asked for an expanded course.
“It’s a great physical challenge, but it’s certainly within the range of everyone,” Poytress said. “With the different races we offer, with a little bit of training anybody can do it.”
The triathlon has Olympic (1.5-kilometre swim, 40-km bike, 10-km run), sprint (500-m swim, 15-km bike, 5-km run), super sprint (200-m swim, 10-km bike, two-kilometre run), youth (under 10 years of age, 100-m swim, two-kilometre bike, one-kilometre run) and relay categories.
While accommodating the serious triathlete, the triathlon has a reputation as a fun, family-oriented event.
Startline Timing provides electronic chip timing for the Fort Macleod Triathlon.
Participants are required to check in at least one hour prior to their race to receive their package, timing chip and have their body marked.
Participants are then required to report to the pool marshal at least 30 minutes before their heat.
Participants must sign a race waiver.
Organizers require about 200 volunteers for the triathlon, which will run from 7 a.m. to about 2 p.m.
People are needed to volunteer for a variety of jobs, including registration, giving athletes their numbers, counting swimming laps, manning stations along the cycling and running routes and security.
For information call Alan Poytress at 403-553-4003 or e-mail dr_alan@live.ca.
Participants can register at www.ftmacleodtri.com.
Spectators are encouraged to come and cheer the athletes.

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