The Inaugural Tumbler Ridge Triathlon

 

Charles Helm

 

For the past 24 years the Ridge Ramble Biathlon has been an annual Tumbler Ridge summer fixture, organized by the Wolverine Nordic and Mountain Society (WNMS). For this special twenty-fifth year celebration, WNMS partnered with the Tumbler Ridge Community Centre, converting the event into the inaugural Tumbler Ridge Triathlon (the “TR TRI”) on May 31.

This was a “sprint triathlon”. The distances were:

750 metre swim (30 lengths of the pool)

20 km cycle (2 loops of 10 km on the circuit around town)

5 km run (Monkman-Willow-Mackenzie-Hwy 29 loop)

Sixteen entries were received, an ideal number for the initial event, and something to build on in future years. The participants that came from other communities, like Fort St John and Dawson Creek, raved about the course and organization, and promised to be back with many more fellow-athletes in 2015.

The weather co-operated: partly cloudy, nicely warm, minimal wind. A whole bunch of community groups pulled together to stage this event: Lions Club for the refreshments and for timing in the pool section, Junior Rangers as marshals,  BC Ambulance and Search and Rescue for first aid, RCMP escort ahead of the lead cyclist, Caribou Road Services, District of Tumbler Ridge staff, and numerous WNMS volunteers. The organizing committee was delighted with all this support, and feels it has gained enough confidence to stage a bigger event next year, maybe even including a Kids’ Triathlon.

Participants varied in their goals – there were some fiercely competitive athletes who posted excellent times on the one hand, while others set themselves the goal of taking part in their first triathlon and enjoying the incredible sense of achievement that comes with finishing this grueling event, and some preferred the sense of camaraderie that comes with working together as a team.

Full results are posted on the Wolverine Nordic and Mountain Society website: www.wnms.pris.ca/