June 11, 2014 7:16 pm

Last southern Alberta open water triathlon at risk of being permanently cancelled

LETHBRIDGE – The only open water triathlon in existence in Southern Alberta is fast approaching, but registration numbers are extremely low.

Organizer Dennis Strong says if they don’t get 150 more participants for the Magrath Triathlon, the race will be permanently cancelled.

“If the numbers decline to the point where it’s sadly not worth our sponsors money to help us sponsor the race and our volunteers time to support the race, then it’s time for the race to go away.”

The triathlon, which is in its 11th year, is not just for professional athletes. Strong says anyone in the community can register.

Magrath Triathlon participant, Danny Robdrup, and triathlon organizer, Dennis Strong.

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“The beauty of Triathlon is that there’s only about the smallest 1 per cent of people who are actually concerned about how fast they do the race. 99 per cent are about the experience. Knocking it off the bucket list and enjoying the experience and completing and finishing the race. And that’s what triathlon in southern Alberta is about.”

Danny Robdrup has registered for the race. He’s individually competing in all three stages – swimming, running and biking.

He says the possibility of losing the triathlon due to low membership is devastating. “It means one less race in Southern Alberta when triathlon should be picking up in this area. To me personally it would be very sad to lose another race.”

For more information on the Magrath Triathlon, please visit: trimagrath.com

Registration ends June 21, and the triathlon takes place July 12.

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