Thursday, July 10, 2008


This Saturday (July 12), the Ontario Junior Provincial Triathlon Championships will take place at the Gatineau Triathlon. This race will also serve as the Eastern Canadian Junior Championships. It may seem strange to host the Ontario championships in another province, but based on our experience last year, we wanted to ensure a big enough field to allow for good draft legal racing experience for our junior athletes. With the Quebec juniors and elites, the fields will certainly be big. 

As some of you probably know, I won't be able to attend the race - my wife and I are expecting our first child any day now, so I'm going to stay close to home.

I've asked Dan McKerral to act as the Ontario Coach for the Gatineau Race. Most of you have plans from your coaches, and I encourage you to stick to those plans.  If however you need a little extra support on race day, Dan will be available. 


Dan will be available Friday at 5PM in the Transition zone for ~30 mins.  If the transition zone is set up at this time, he will be doing a walk-through with his athletes, and others are welcome to join. 


Dan will arrive on site shortly before 11:00am. He will be wearing a black OREA t-shirt, and possibly a blue ONTARIO jacket if it's cool enough (NOTE: the forecast calls for 35+degrees, so Dan probably won't have the jacket on). By 11:45am, Dan will be down at the water for a swim warm-up prior to the mens' race. 

Here is Dan's Schedule for the pre-race warm-up for the men.  Athletes are welcome to join in:

11:00am - arrive at the transition area by this time, set-up transition
11:20am - start run warm-up - 10 minutes easy jog followed by stretching
11:45am - start swim warm-up - 10 minutes easy swim followed by 4 starts
12:00 - pre-race meeting
12:30 - Race Start

Note: the women can add 45mins to all times (ie. set-up 11:45am, run warm-up 12:05pm, etc.)

Coach Dan will also be available via phone on Friday from 4pm to 6pm, and Saturday from 9:30am until the event finishes.  I'll send Dan's cell number to the juniors via e-mail.

If you don't receive an e-mail from me, you can contact me, and I'll give you Dan's number.

Best of luck to everyone on the weekend, and thanks to Coach Dan for supporting our athletes.

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