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No road closures for Rose City Triathlon

Laura Barton

By Laura Barton, Tribune Staff

A swimmer competes in the Welland Triathlon in this June 2015 file photo. This weekend's event, which is taking place for the first time at the Welland International Flatwater Centre, features swims as long as two kilometres.

A swimmer competes in the Welland Triathlon in this June 2015 file photo. This weekend's event, which is taking place for the first time at the Welland International Flatwater Centre, features swims as long as two kilometres.

Runners, swimmers and cyclists alike will be competing in Welland this weekend during the annual Rose City Triathlon,

The triathlon takes place both Saturday and Sunday, starting bright and early at 8:30 a.m. at the Welland International Flatwater Centre, which was a new venue to the event last year.

Ron Lemon, chairman of the triathlon, said it’s a great place to host the event and they love it. Most of the swimming and running can be viewed from the flatwater centre.

He said the event is expecting 1,000 participants between the short and longer courses available.

“Enrolment is up this year and we’re looking forward to a good race,” he said.

The event is both for experienced athletes, who have ten different races to choose from, and those giving it a shot for the first time. Novices have four Give-It-A-Tri races to choose from.

Lemon explained the novice races are shorter distances, but the participants are still doing the same activities as the long form races.

The event is hosted by Multisport Canada and full course details are available through the company’s website, multisportcanada.ca/welland.

The longer courses include cycling a 56-kilometre route through Dain City, down Forks and Feeder Roads out to Hutchinson Road in Lowbanks and then back. Lemon said no roads will be closed during the event and that if there are any signs up saying roads will be closed, they’re wrong. He anticipates a slowdown in traffic, but said police will be helping direct traffic in certain areas.

“Dain City’s the only place that there’s going to be a little bit of traffic problems, but the roads aren’t closed,” he said.

He said the races don’t take up the entire day either, finishing early afternoon on both days.

Lemon said there are many volunteers out to help at the event as well, but encourages others to donate their time, too. He said they can always use more help and if anyone is interested, they can call him directly at 905-735-9579.

lbarton@postmedia.com

Twitter: @LBartonTribune 



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