The first triathlon of the Subaru Western Triathlon series is coming up on May 25, 2014 at beautiful Shawnigan Lake, just 45 minutes north of Victoria on Vancouver Island.  2014 will be the 8th year that the Cowichan Valley has hosted this event.  Subsequent races in this series take place in Victoria, Saskatoon, Vancouver and Banff.

The Shawnigan Lake Triathlon is the first open water swim of the season.  Runners hit the Trans Canada Trail and the restored historic Kinsol Trestle.  In fact, a new event this year is the “Trestle Challenge” which includes a 1.5 km swim, 45 km bike ride and a half marathon to the Trestle and back.  Also included are the Western Highschool Championships for middle and high school students.  The event is also a Triathlon Canada 2015 ITU World Championship qualifying event.  The village of Shawnigan Lake hosts a fun festival on Saturday May 24th with live entertainment, clinics, food, booths by local businesses, and concessions.  The triathlon weekend has quickly become a very popular event in the area.

south end view from the viewing platform at the Kinsol Trestle

participants will hit the restored Kinsol Trestle

Accommodation for the Triathlon is available at Camp Pringle on the west side of Shawnigan Lake, which is also the location of the pre-race dinner on Saturday.  Other accommodation options are the great Bed & Breakfasts in the area.  Innkeepers at your local Bed & Breakfast will certainly be able to accommodate your race schedule.  Book your stay soon while there is still lots of space available, and have a great weekend and a great race!

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