Shawnigan Triathlon goes Sunday

The waters, roads and trails of the Shawnigan Lake area will be bustling this Sunday as hundreds of athletes compete in the Shawnigan Lake Triathlon, part of the Subaru Western Triathlon Series.

Starting at West Shawnigan Lake Provincial Park, the event will see triathletes swim in the lake just off the park, bike around the lake, and run on nearby trails.

The six different races contested will include the trestle challenge (1.5km swim, 44km bike, 21.1km run), Olympic (1.5km swim, 44km bike, 10km run), sprint (500m swim, 22km bike, 5km run), high school sprint (500m swim, 22km bike, 5km run) and high school super sprint (500m swim, 10km bike and 4km run).

The sprint race and high school sprint will serve as a qualifier for the 2015 World Championships. Both high school races also double as the Western Canadian Championships.

The races will start between 7 and 9:30 a.m., with award ceremonies beginning at 1 p.m. Events on Saturday include the Triathlon Festival in Shawnigan Lake village from noon to 4 p.m., and a kids run, a fundraiser for KidSport Cowichan, at the Shawnigan Lake Community Centre at 1:30 p.m.