While the competitors know when and where to compete in “MultiSport Canada’s Toronto Island Triathlon Weekend“, spectators need the details for the three competitions, too!
The Venue, Dates and Times for the MultiSport Toronto Triathlon 2012
The venue for this triathlon festival in Toronto consists of the Toronto Islands. The transition area and finish line are just south of the Toronto Island Airport, south of the Hanlon’s Point ferry dock. Further ferry details below!
The dates are August 25 and 26, 2012.
The starting time is 8am or there-abouts for each competition. Yes, eight o’clock in the morning.
These events seem scheduled to finish well before noon, especially for Saturday’s Try-a-Try. Spectators should plan to arrive for the start, or risk missing the chance to view a 2012 triathlon on the Toronto islands.
The three events are the “Try-a-Tri” on Saturday, followed by both the Duathlon and the Short Triathlon on Sunday morning.
The Try a Triathlon on Sat. Aug. 25, 2012
This introductory triathlon event’s competitors swim 400 metres, bicycle 10 Km, and run 2.5 Km on Saturday morning.
The Duathlon on Sun. Aug. 26, 2012
Duathlon athletes eschew the swim. Instead this event starts and ends with a 4.5Km run, with the 30Km bike ride sandwiched between the runs.
Sunday’s Short Triathlon Competition on the Toronto Islands
This triathlon consists of a 750 metre swim, followed by a 30Km bike stage and finishing with a 7.5Km run.
The Triathlon Spectators’ Guide to Hanlon’s Point
The first task for spectators is crossing from the mainland to the Toronto Islands.
The triathlon organizers have arranged for service from the ferry docks to Hanlon’s Point, starting at about 6am on Saturday and Sunday.
The Hanlon’s Point ferry dock is north of the transition area but north and east of the Toronto Island airport.
Vantage Points for the Triple Toronto Triathlon in August 2012
Follow Lakeshore Road south; the transition zone is where the athletes rack their bicycles when they’re not riding.
The swim portion uses the lake on the south side of the island.
The bicycle portion starts and ends in the transition area, and uses Lakeshore Road east to Ward’s Island on the southern coast.
The run for Saturday’s Try-a-Tri is north and east of the transition zone. However, Sunday’s runs use both the north and part of the southern routes along Lakeshore Road.
Partisan cheering for your friends or loved ones might be best near the transition area and finish line. However, the competitors might appreciate exhuberant cheering anywhere along the route.
Extra Note about the Toronto Ferry Docks
Out-of-town visitors might not realize that the Toronto ferry terminal just south of, and “behind”, the Westin Harbour Castle Hotel at the south-east corner of Queen’s Quay and Bay Street.
The Hanlon’s Point ferry would likely be the only one operating that early either morning.
On Saturday, take the subway to Union Station, then either the #509 Harbourfront or #510 Spadina line south. The subway won’t be available that early on Sunday morning. An alternative is the #6 Bay bus southbound.
No More Confusion about Toronto Triathlons
I had written “To Untangle Two Toronto Triathlons in 2012” because the “Ironman” brand had planned their first Olympic distance triathlon for Toronto in 2012. That straightened out the confusion between two organizations with different triathlon distances.
“Where to Watch the July 2012 Toronto Triathlon Festival Races” was my spectators’ guide to their completely different event.
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Disclaimer: DeHaan Services has no relationship to the organizer(s); I am not reimbursed for writing this article.
Thanks for reading about this triple Toronto 2012 triathlon on the islands.