Port Alberni's No. 7 Challenge - the 10 k race against the Steam Train has evolved to a much bigger much more exciting event for 2017. The Tri-Conic Challenge is a Triathlon like no other! Featuring a Staged format over three days the Tri-conic Challenge pits human against machine. Day one, Canada Day 2017 will start with the Race the Train where athletes can choose from one of four different race options including: SMOLTS 500m (kids), SPRINTS 10k (feature race), CHALLENGE - 1/2 marathon and ICONIC full marathon. Note that the latter three all RACE the train and the SMOLT run includes a train ride (as does the Sprint run). We're also excited to confirm that the Canada Day Parade will also start when the Sprint/Challenge runners start (10:00am) heading in the opposite direction from 1.5 kms away. That means the train, the runners, the parade will all passby one another!
Day two will feature the bike race on the Bamfield Road from Port Alberni to Bamfield for those doing the Challenge or the Iconic versions. Our racers will be challenging the MV Frances Barkley a huge ship that navigates the Alberni Inlet every day in the summer carrying freight and passengers to various communities. The France Barkley takes 5.5 hours to reach Bamfield so we expect a number of cyclists to beat the ship even with the tough gravel road conditions. Not for the faint of heart! by the way....the bike racers doing either the CHALLENGE OR ICONIC will be provided with a Salmon Feast on the Beach at Pachena Bay courtesy of Huu-ay-aht First Nation.
Day 3 is the swim event on beautiful Sproat Lake under the backdrop of the fabled Martin Mars Water Bomber. Again, four choices including SMOLTS 100m, SPRINT 500m, CHALLENGE 2000m, ICONIC 4000m. Wind up ceremonies will happen right after the Swim events at the Provincial Park.
Come challenge yourself and your friends. Swim the plane, bike the boat, run the train.