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How to Sign Up for the 2012 Olympic Distance Toronto Triathlon

Last night I found new web pages for triathletes to sign up for the 2012 Olympic Distance Toronto Triathlon for July. We should expect “serious and avid” triathletes, some of whom might use this competition to qualify as Canada’s representatives for the 2013 season (if I understand the situation correctly).

This post also updates the shorter distance Triathlon events to be held in August.

The July 2012 Toronto Triathlon Festival

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

Never one to keep a good thing to myself, let me share the information you triathletes need.

The July 2012 Toronto Triathlon Festival has Four Events

The World Triathlon Corporation (WTC) is the sponsor for the Toronto Triathlon Festival, scheduled for the weekend of July 22, 2012.

The highlight and showcase event for the Toronto Triathlon Festival is the Olympic distance for individual competitors. Since the WTC owns the “Ironman” brand name, they call the Olympic distance event the “Ironman 5150”. The Olympic distance is a 1.5Km swim, 40Km bicycle ride and 10Km run for a total of 51.50Km. The registration page calls this the “Olympic Tri Individual“. (The famous “Ironman Triathlon” distance covers a 3.8Km swim, 180Km bike plus 42.2Km run, so numerically the Ironman would be  “22600” since it covers 226.00Km).

(The above paragraph was updated 2012-07-15, from saying that the “5150” is half the distance of the famous “Ironman Triathlon”).

Another event is the “Olympic Tri Relay“. The total distance is the same, but is shared by a swimmer, bicyclist and runner.

The other distance is the “Sprint“, consisting of a 750m swim, 20Km cycle stage and 5Km run. Thus, it covers half of the “Olympic” distance. Again, there are two choices: “Sprint Tri Individual” and “Sprint Tri Relay“.

Links to the July 2012 Toronto Triathlon Festival

The Toronto Triathlon Festival’s home page is the Toronto Triathlon Festival.

While you could find this through their home page, as I did, this links to the Toronto Triathlon Festival race route map for 2012.

(Updated July 24, 2012). Finally, Events Online had the 2012 Toronto Triathlon Festival registration page. Once registration closed, this link became useless; but keep track of the official home page in the first paragraph of this section.

The Triple Triathlon in August, Hosted by MultiSport Canada

Separately, MultiSport Canada is organizing three competitions for August 25 and 26, 2012. Their short triathlon covers a 750m swim, 30Km cycle and 4.5Km run. Their shortest triathlon has a 400m aquatic stage, 10Km on bicycle, and 2.5Km afoot. Their duathlon runs 4.5Km at the start and end, with a 30Km bicycle stage sandwiched between. (It has no swim).

I had previously provided a link to their Toronto Island Triathlon Weekend page.

Previous 2012 Toronto Triathlon Articles in DeHaan Services

My first blog about these events was “Prepare for the 2012 Toronto Triathlon Event“. It’s one of my most popular articles (thanks!) since being published in the autumn of 2011. I just updated it with the newly found links.

Later I sorted out the two race dates in “To Untangle Two Toronto Triathlons in 2012“; it also has been updated. This one explains the two organizations.

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

I expect you will want to bring your triathlon wetsuit and follow your favourite triathlon training program to be fully ready for the Toronto Triathlon event of your choice. Good luck and good racing!

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).

Prepare for the 2012 Toronto Triathlon Event

Toronto’s media have reported that an Ironman Triathlon will close the Gardiner and DVP (Don Valley Parkway) in 2012. What is the real story on this “5150 Triathlon” Toronto event?

[Updated 2012-01-31: Learn about an alternative set of triathlons on the Toronto Islands in “To Untangle Two Toronto Triathlons in 2012“].

(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“.

Triathlon? Yes. Ironman? Yes and No.

This will indeed be a triathlon, the triple discipline of swimming, bicycling and running.

However, it is a “5150 Triathlon”, or “51.50 Triathlon”, which many non-triathletes would recognize as the “Olympic distance triathlon” discipline. It consists of a 1.5Km swim in Lake Ontario, 40Km bike ride, and 10Km run, for a total distance of 51.50Km.

By contrast, the “Ironman Triathlon” discipline requires a 2.4 mile (4Km) swim, 112 mile (187Km) bicycle segment, and 26 mile, 385 yard (42.2Km, which is exactly one marathon) run.

However, “World Triathlon Corporation (WTC) is a Tampa, Florida based company that owns the Ironman brand”. They organize a number of triathlon events around the world. “In 2009, WTC bought Trisport Canada, the owner of the Subaru Triathlon Series, the largest triathlon series in Canada.” (See PDF reference, below). WTC refers to their international series of Olympic-distance triathlons as “Ironman 5150 Series”.

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

What Triathletes Need to Know about the 2012 Toronto Triathlon

This is a “51.50 Triathlon“, covering the Olympic distance. It is not the Ironman triathlon distance.

According to the local promoter for WTC, Jeff Chong of Sports Focused Consulting, the Toronto event should attract “professional and avid triathletes”. (See PDF reference, below). My guess is that there will be an open registration at some time in the future. However, there might only be room for about 1,000 participants. (See second reference). At press time, I don’t know the website to watch for registration information.

My guess is that you will swim in Lake Ontario at Ontario Place.

The Toronto media have reported that the 40Km bike segment will use the Gardiner and DVP. My very rough guesstimate is that you would cycle up to about York Mills to reach a 20Km mark. That should be a challenging, rolling climb; the return to downtown should be a very fast descent.

Goodness knows where the 10Km run would be held, although my guess would be that the Martin Goodman Trail westbound to the Humber River would be perfect. From a competitor’s viewpoint, it would be better to use Lake Shore Boulevard, but I cannot imagine the city blocking cars from both the Gardiner Expressway and Lake Shore. An alternate route would be eastbound, probably closing Queen’s Quay and whatever else.

My apologies for not knowing the website to watch for registration information. This will “be the only Canadian event of the (WTC-sponsored Ironman 5150) series”.

(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“.

Reserve This Date: July 22, 2012

Triathletes should plan their training to peak for July 22, 2012, the date for the Toronto 5150 Triathlon.

Residents of, and Visitors to Toronto, Take Heed!

Anyone planning to drive the DVP or Gardiner on July 22, 2012 should come prepared with adult diapers, valium and prepared angry quotations. I recommend “How dare they close a highway? I’m a driver”!

Seriously, my prediction is that Highway 401 (aka the MacDonald-Cartier Freeway) will be jammed in the vicinity of the DVP. So will all main roads within 4Km either side of the highways.

Importance of this Toronto Event

With the upcoming Pan-Am Games, it is vital that Toronto sports organizers gain experience in hosting events in the city. Toronto is fortunate to have a legacy of marathons, but has held few other international events. (The Dragonboat races come to mind).

Fitness buffs should take pleasure in the opportunity to see triathlon in Toronto.

Stay tuned…sometime next year I’ll suggest some vantage points (and how to get to them) to watch one of the disciplines (swim, bike or run) in the 2012 Toronto Triathlon Event.

References:

Jeff Chong, Sports Focused Consulting, “Requested Follow Up Information Regarding Proposed Ironman 5150 Event in Toronto (July 22, 2012)“, Sept. 22, 2011, PDF referenced Oct. 27, 2011.
Every Man TRI.com, “Toronto to host new 5150 Triathlon next summer“, Oct. 27, 2011, referenced Oct. 27, 2011.