Swimmers splash into the water at the start of the 2018 Multi-Sport at the Lake event. (Photo by Stacey Tompkins Photography)

Sylvan Lake Multi-Sport at the Lake returns for another year

After a successful leap into the triathlon world last summer, Sylvan Lake will once again be the backdrop for a big race in 2019.

The Multi-Sport at the Lake is back for a second edition on Aug. 11, a day that will feature a triathlon, AquaBike and duathlon.

The event is also sanctioned by Triathlon Alberta, meaning competitors will fight for a spot at the ITU Netherlands 2020 World Championships in any of the standard AquaBike, standard duathlon or sprint duathlon.

“I’m super excited to be hosting the race in beautiful Sylvan Lake for its second year, and that we can offer world qualifying spots again this year,” said Multi-Sport at the Lake race director, Cathy Forner.

Last year, the race drew almost 200 competitors over multiple events.

At the event, there is a family fun mixed relay (two adults have to swim 50 metres, bike 600m and run 400m, plus two kids have to swim 25m, bike 300m and run 200m).

The sprint distances include a triathlon (750m swim, 20.7km bike, 5km run), duathlon (5k run, 20.7 km bike, 2.5km run) and AquaBike (750m swim, 20.7 km bike).

Competitors can also sign up for a standard triathlon (1500m swim, 41.3 km bike, 10km run), duathlon (10km run, 41.3 bike, 5km run) or AquaBike (1500m swim, 41.3km bike).

In addition to the race, the day will also mini-market showcasing small businesses in Sylvan Lake.

The race is hosted by the Bad Ass Sports Club, which is formally known as the Sylvan Lake Triathlon Club. They’ve put on a number of sporting events in the community over the last 10 years.

For those looking to volunteer at the race, head to multisport.atthelake.ca/

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Racers hit the course at the 2018 Multi-Sport at the Lake event. (Photo by Stacey Tompkins Photography)

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