The Race is ON! Montréal Triathlon 2018

Isa Tousignant

They swim 1,500 metres. (That’s over 13 football fields.) They bike 40 k. (That’s like cycling from downtown to Laval and then back.) THEN they run 10 k, all in the heart of Old Montréal! Come watch and awe as international fitness professionals gather for the ITU World Triathlon Series Montréal, presented by Sportium, from August 25 to 26, 2018.

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Old Montréal gets sporty

One of the most special aspects of the ITU World Triathlon Series Montréal for both participants and spectators is that it takes place in the spectacularly picturesque context of Old Montréal. Part of the official ITU World Triathlon Series, the highest level of competition on the international stage, the race begins in the water at the Jacques-Cartier Quay in the Old Port and winds its way by bike and then on foot through the neighbourhood’s atmospheric streets.

Watch and wow

With 110 élite international athletes and over 1,000 amateur athletes competing, the ITU World Triathlon Series Montréal is a must-see. There are many stops to watch it from along the route, depending on the leg of the competition. And people gather by the thousands: Last year’s race brought 20,000 spectators out to watch! Come enjoy the musical stylings of DJ Abeille, food trucks, street animation, shopping and more, then cheer at the Jacques-Cartier Pier, along the streets and later at medal ceremonies. Make a day of it: there’s so much to see and taste in Old Montréal.

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The world’s best

Open to amateur athletes too, this pro-level event gathers Olympians, ITU World Cup and World Triathlon Series champions from around the globe racing for international standings and prize money totalling US$200,000 for athletes placing in the top 20. Ka-ching. The average time for an élite athlete to complete the trifecta of challenges is 1 hour and 48 minutes – and to shave off every second possible, the transition from swim to bike and bike to run is lightning fast. Think under 30 seconds! That alone is worth watching.

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Valliant amateurs

You can watch the élite men and women battle it out in the afternoons, but mornings belong to amateur athletes, ranging from seasoned triathletes to brand new racers. Come spur them on! They’ll compete on the same route, either as individuals or in teams, at three levels: the Standard distance, the half-distance Sprint or the shorter Try-a-Tri Super Sprint. If you’re inspired to participate yourself next year, sign up here.

Twilight fun run

On the night of August 24, starting at 7 p.m., on the eve of the race, get into the zone with the Twilight Run. Participants will run as the sun sets over the beautiful St. Lawrence River while soaking up the festive atmosphere in the Old Port, including DJs and activities. Food trucks will be waiting for you at the finish line!

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Join the action – from the sidelines

Can’t make it in person? The triathlon will be broadcast live around the world, including on the Radio-Canada Sports and CBC apps. Follow and post about the triathlon on @TriathlonMTLInstagram and Facebook.

Isa Tousignant

Isa Tousignant, blogger

Isa Tousignant is an art and lifestyle writer based out of Montréal’s eclectic Park Ex neighbourhood. She is Contributing Editor for Canadian Art magazine and freelances full-time for a wide variety of magazines and brands. She’s also a jewellery designer and passionate about animal costumes and their role in contemporary art.

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