8 triathlon races in cottage country to consider in 2019

Updated: January 16, 2019

A male triathlon participant running on a beach. Photo by Maridav/Shutterstock.

Looking for something to motivate you to get active in 2019? You’re in luck: cottage country offers a number of runs and triathlon races to pick from. A short commute from the cottage, small clean lakes, and beautiful terrain make these races a great choice whether you’re a veteran or a rookie. Here’s a cheat sheet for you to pick your race and find out when to sign up. Most sell out quick — register soon so you’re not disappointed!

Kelowna Apple Triathlon

Date: May 4th and 5th, 2019

Sign up opens: Early bird registration until February 28

Location: Kelowna, British Columbia (Lake Okanagan)

This popular race is a non-drafting event, and perfect for triathletes new and old.  They have three main race events: the Standard, Standard Relay, and Sprint, as well as a tester “Try-a-Tri” event for those unsure if they want to commit to a full triathlon. Bonus point: the top athlete in each age group will be able to represent Canada in the 2020 ITU Triathlon Grand Finale happening in Edmonton, Alberta.

Storm the Trent

Date: May 25th and 26th

Sign-up opens: Early registration until January 1st

Location: Haliburton, Ontario

With three different races and a scenic and multi-terrain racecourse, this event is hugely popular. This year’s race — the18th edition — will be in Haliburton, Ont., with the option to compete in the Hike Short course, the Trek Long course, or Trek Elite course.

The TriMuskokan

Date: June 23rd, 2019

Sign-up opens: Open now

Location: Huntsville, Ontario (Muskoka River)

Located in Hunstville, the TriMuskokan hosts a number of different races for both seasoned and amateur runners, including a ‘tester’ version of a triathlon — the “Try-a-Tri,” a Short Course Triathlon, and a Duathlon. This event has sold out the past two years, so register ASAP!

Ironman 70.3 Muskoka

Date: July 7th, 2019

Sign-up opens: Open now

Location: Huntsville, Ontario (Fairy Lake)

This race is known for a course that’s both challenging and stunning for its views of nature and lakes — this year’s Huntsville location features a one-loop swim in Fairy Lake. It’s perfect for an experienced runner looking for a new challenge; you can enter into the triathlon, duathlon, or relay.

Kincardine Women’s Triathlon

Date: July 13th, 2019

Sign up opens: January 1, 2019

Location: Kincardine (Lake Huron)

Since 2001, this women-only triathlon has sold out every year, and has provided a wonderful opportunity for female athletes to gather and compete annually. It’s a great event to participate in solo or with your girlfriends, and features a health/vendor expo the day before (with yoga!).

The MultiSport Canada Triathlon Series

Dates: Multiple

Gravenhurst, Ontario: July 13th and 14th

Bracebridge, Ontario: August 10th and 11th

Wasaga Beach, Ontario: August 24th

Sign-up opens: Open now

With numerous dates, locations, and races to choose from, this race series will ensure that you’ll be able to compete no matter when you want to run. And, more races you register for, the better discount you’ll get towards your fees!

XTERRA Canmore Triathlon

Date: August 18th, 2019

Sign up opens: Open now

Location: Canmore Nordic Centre Provincial Park (Quarry Lake)

This intense event offers a few different race options, including a Full Distance Triathlon, Full Distance Relay, and Sprint Distance Triathlon: all of which are off-road and take participants through the Rockies.

Swamp Donkey Adventure Race  

Date: September 14th, 2019

Sign up opens: Open now

Location: Invermere, British Columbia (Lake Windermere)

This unique race is a 9-hour experience that you can tackle with two of your closest friends, fittest family members, or most enthusiastic colleagues. Run, paddle, and bike through the wilderness of Manitoba, and when you’re done, enjoy an awards ceremony, a meal, and a huge post-race party.

Did we miss your favourite? Let us know! Send us an email at edit@cottagelife.com with any other cottage country races for 2019.

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