Record Numbers as Shawnigan Lake kicks off 2013 Series

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Rachel Macatee
May 23, 2013, Shawnigan Lake, BC, Canada (ISN) – Over 700 triathletes from across Canada, the United States and from as far away as the Netherlands are making their final preparations for the 7th annual Subaru Shawnigan Lake Triathlon this Sunday, May 26th.

There will be lots on the line with the prestige of the Half Iron Champion titles, the new High School Championships and amateur qualifying spots to represent Canada in the Sprint division at next year’s World Championships. The Shawnigan Lake race route will again feature the spectacular 150 foot high Kinsol Trestle and kick off a Series that will take athletes across western Canada to Victoria, Saskatoon, Vancouver and finishing in Banff, Alberta. Last year’s Half Iron champion, Adam O’Meara, will be back again to defend his title against the likes of Brendan Naef and Justin Birks. Two-time 70.3 Ironman champion Tenille Hoogland will look for her first Series win against former National Under 23 Team Member Janet Nielsen. London Olympian Brent McMahon will race on a relay with running legend Lucy Smith and Olympic Gold Medal coach Lance Watson. Also taking part will be Ultraman UK Champion Inaki de la Parra of Mexico.

The new Western Canadian High School Championships is the first event of its kind ever to be held in Canada. Students from 31 high schools, representing 24 communities across BC, Alberta and Saskatchewan have taken up the challenge in this participation-based event. Scholarships will also be awarded for top grade 12 finishers that are graduating to post-secondary education. Participating in the event is an already bright star in the sport in 15-year-old Holly Henry. With a BC Games gold medal already under her belt, she is at the front of a brand new wave of highly competitive and passionate triathletes.

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Subaru Western Triathlon Series:

The Subaru Western Triathlon Series begins with Canada’s only May long distance triathlon at Shawnigan Lake, featuring the newly repaired and absolutely spectacular Kinsol Trestle. Next stop is the Saunders Subaru Half Iron event held in Victoria at beautiful Elk Lake. Up next, and new to the roster this year, is the sunny city of Saskatoon; featuring Pike Lake Provincial Park, charming country roads and an exciting downtown finish in the lovely River Valley! In July Vancouver hosts the Series along the magnificent Spanish Banks beaches, framed by the city skyline and the panoramic Coastal Mountains. The final stop in September is mountain-bound Banff National Park, where participants swim in pristine Two Jack Lake, cycle the famous Minnewanka Loop and finish down breathtaking Banff Avenue with Cascade Mountain providing the perfect backdrop.