One of the oldest and largest triathlons in Canada is back in Montreal this summer
The Triathlon Espirit De Montreal runs Sept. 9-11
One of Canada’s oldest and most popular triathlons is back to its pre-COVID glory this season. The popular Montreal Espirit Triathlon is back to offer its full and fantastic event that multi-sport fans have come to know and love and it’s all happening in beautiful Parc Jean-Drapeau on September 9-11.
“It’s our 38th year this year,” says race director Danny McCann, who was forced to seriously curtail the event over the past two seasons due to the pandemic.
This year, the event will be run over the entire three-day weekend. Participants will run the Demi-Espirit (Half-Ironman) on Friday followed by the Olympic distance on Saturday alongside some youth events and the Grand Prix Provincial Championship. The duathlon sprint, duathlon Olympic and sprint triathlon are set for Sunday.
In addition, this year the event has been named the Canadian championships for the half, duathlon and aqua-bike events.
What makes the event one of the best in Canada, in addition to the wide array of race options, is the safe and quite comfortable setting at the very self-contained Parc Jean-Drapeau in Montreal. That’s why Montreal Espirit Triathlon was named event of the year by Triathlon Quebec in 2021.
The swim takes place in the Olympic Basin, which was used for canoeing and rowing competitions during the 1976 Olympic Games. The bike portion is on the Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve best-known as a Formula 1 venue for the Grand Prix du Canada — the best asphalt you can find. And the run is around the basin.
Every detail is taken care of for racers, including a specially designed course for runners of shorter distances so they can cut across the basin, as well as a lap counting board so participants don’t have to keep count. And that means a lot considering one-third of Montreal Espirit participants are first-timers.
There are 14 kayakers in the basin for the swim to make sure everyone stays safe. Participants who are concerned about the swim get special caps so people can take extra care.
“’ It's one thing to have a very big race, but it’s also safe. There's no traffic,” McCann says. “It's probably a billion-dollar-plus facility with the basin, the circuit, the athlete’s quarters, everything that we have at Parc Jean-Drapeau — it seems like it was made for triathlons. So this is the race to do, especially if you're a first-timer. And it's the race that people come back to every year to test themselves because the course is always the same. We can't change it.”
This is the first full-fledged Montreal Espirit Triathlon in a couple of years, so that means the return of the full race expo, which is always highly regarded by participants, in addition to the food court, and the specially designated area for triathlon clubs called the Club Zone.
“It’ll be great to return to our traditional event,” McCann says. “We will come back this year with our great ambience after the race.”
To find out more about the Montreal Espirit Triathlon and to register visit the event website.