XTERRA Sleeping Giant Both a Beauty and a Beast
"This will not be your grandma's triathlon," said race director, Gordon Ryan. "No busy paved highways and weedy dark lakes here."
Instead, the swim will be held in the clean, clear, spring-fed Marie Louise Lake.
"From there, the race enters the contrast between the beauty and the beast," added Ryan. "The beauty belongs to the flowy, grassy mountain bike trail. The beast belongs to the technical run."
The mountain bike course is intended to be a fast ride and will open up to enable passing in some sections. The run will head through forest canopies, over creeks, and over vistas of Lake Superior.
The full-length triathlon includes a 1k, double-lap swim, a 24k, two-loop bike course, and a 17k out and back run.
The sprint consists of a 500m, one-lap swim, a single 12k loop of the mountain bike course, and a 6k trail run.
If the water seems a bit too chilly, the XTERRA Sleeping Giant duathlon will consist of a 2k run, the full 24k mountain bike course, and a 17k run.
If running is more your thing, you can choose between two races. The 5k will be held on a nature trail, while the 21k will include more technical sections.
You can view course maps at www.elementracing.ca.
Because the race is held at Sleeping Giant Provincial Park, there is plenty of space to camp and explore the old mining town of Silver Islet right on the shores of Lake Superior. Most homes are converted cottages, but the history is still deeply engrained.
You can register for XTERRA Sleeping Giant at www.elementracing.ca.