To Untangle Two Toronto Triathlons in 2012

Since my Oct. 27, 2011 article still has readers, I wanted to follow up “Prepare for the 2012 Toronto Triathlon Event” with some updates. Specifically, I was hoping to find an official registration site.

(Updated April 7, 2012): I did indeed find official web sites, including registration! Please see “How to Sign Up for the 2012 Olympic Distance Toronto Triathlon“.

(Updated July 17, 2012): In the week leading up to the Toronto 5150 Triathlon for July 2012, I added a spectators’ guide, “Where to Watch the July 2012 Toronto Triathlon Festival Races“. The organizers added that “festival” name to their Toronto event.

(Updated Aug. 19, 2012): In the week leading up to the August Triathlon on the Toronto Islands, I added a spectators’ guide, “One Triple 2012 Toronto Triathlon Aug. 25-26 on the Islands“. It provides the venue, dates and times, as well as other useful tips for people who want to watch one or more triathlons in Toronto.

Two Separate Triathlon Organizers for Toronto

Instead, I found that MultiSport Canada organizes triathlons, including a triple event in August at the Toronto Islands. That is separate from the “Ironman 5150” organized by World Triathlon Corporation (WTC).

"North West Triathlon" image by (The contributor of this photo is David Hawgood)
"North West Triathlon" image by (The contributor of this photo is David Hawgood)

Since I was momentarily confused, here is a quick guide to help those of you who want to enter a 2012 Triathlon competition in Toronto.

“Ironman 5150” to bring the Olympic Distance to Toronto in 2012

As I reported before, WTC holds a variety of triathlons. They own the “Ironman” brand name. Their “Ironman 5150 Series” will bring the Olympic distance to Toronto for the first time on July 22, 2012. As reported before, it is for “professional and avid triathletes”. Back in October, most of the media excitement was for the anticipated closure of part of the DVP and Gardiner Expressway to support the 40Km bicycle portion of the race.

Note that the Olympic distance is shorter than the “Ironman” discipline distance that ends with a 42.2Km run. (Again, I had more details in “Prepare for the 2012 Toronto Triathlon Event“).

I’m still on the lookout for an official registration site for this event. (Updated April 7, 2012): I did indeed find official web sites, including registration! Please see “How to Sign Up for the 2012 Olympic Distance Toronto Triathlon“.

MultiSport Canada to hold Three Triathlons in August 2012 on the Toronto Islands

My impression is that the Toronto Island Triathlons have been held for some years. At any rate, MultiSport Canada has three events planned for August 25 and 26, 2012:

  • Shortest triathlon: 400m swim; 10Km bike; 2.5Km run
  • Duathlon: 4.5Km run (not swim); 30Km bike; 4.5Km run
  • Short triathlon: 750m swim; 30Km bike; 4.5Km run

All of these are shorter than the Olympic distance.

The venue is Centre Island, part of the Toronto Islands. Contestants (and spectators!) must take an early-morning ferry. The bike course uses Lakeshore Avenue on the island. (I confused this with Lake Shore Blvd, which of course is on the mainland).

From their web site, my impression is that MultiSport Canada‘s events are suitable for novices in triathlon as well as more competitive athletes at the distances on offer.

The Site for MultiSport Canada’s Toronto Triathlons

More details are available at MultiSport Canada’s Toronto Triathlons page. It has links to the individual races, and each race has at least two pages…one must click to get to the maps.

Summary of the Untangled Toronto Triathlons

There are two different weekends (July 22 versus Aug. 25-26) in 2012 and two different organizers.

The July 22 event is an Olympic distance, “Ironman 5150”, for serious competitors. On August 25-26, there will be three shorter distances.

July 22 will mostly be on the mainland; Aug. 25-26 will be at the Toronto Islands.

The one common feature is that both organizers (likely) can support only a limited number of competitors, so register early if you plan to enter any 2012 Toronto Triathlon.

(Disclaimer: DeHaan Services has no relationship to either organizer; neither reimburses me for writing this article).

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