SWIM - There is a beach start for this event which shouldn't be a problem. Kin Beach has a sandy bottom and is quite shallow. You may have to wade out for a bit in order to find some deeper water. The water is usually pretty clear unless the wind has picked up the night before (which it did last year). Water temperature at this time of year is typically comfortable but definitely wetsuit legal. There are a few people that head out "sans wetsuit". You will swim a clock-wise triangular course. The RATS do a good job of having mats down for the exit which eliminates the issue of sand on your feet and they have a lot of support guiding you towards the transition area. There is only about 30 meters of distance to cover to get to the grass transition area. The swim is well patrolled with emergency boats and kayakers. Swim Course Difficulty Rating: Moderate
BIKE - The bike course starts off with a nice flat along the beach frontage road before turning onto Okanagan Landing road and heading toward Ellison Provincial Park. This out-and-back is a challenging little ride with several rollers and a couple of decent climbs for a short course. In fact, the course is only 18.5k but don't expect a PR. The only complaint is that there are a few sections where the road could use some repairs so you do need to be mindful; however, the RATS get out there the night before to mark any hazards with paint. This course is actually a popular ride for locals so there is really no need to worry. Volunteers are out to control traffic at a couple of intersections, but, like most smaller events, the course is open to traffic so be aware. They will have a race official on the course to insure that drafting rules are followed. Bike Course Difficulty Rating: Moderate to Difficult
RUN - The run course is also an out-and-back. You will leave the transition area and head out down a relatively flat road for about 3/4 of a km before turning left and heading up into some residential areas. Even though it is a residential route, you actually head through a couple of areas with little hobby farms and gardens. There are two hills. The first is a decent climb, but not overly aggressive. The RATS offer some relief by having an aid station at the top. Before the turn-around, you will drop down a short steep descent. Unfortunately, you will have to climb this nasty little bugger on the way back. Once you have made it to the top, it is pretty much smooth sailing from there. One more short climb and the rest is pretty much flat or downhill. Run Course Ra
This race usually has about 200 participants. The RATS use it as a means to recruit newbies and run a triathlon prep camp about 10 weeks before the race. They also have a member who swims along with the members of the camp to insure that everyone gets through the race. Locals should check out the RATS website for information regarding this.
- Good atmosphere for newbies and vets.
- It's over in a couple of hours
- It's in the Okanagan
- Very well organized
- Secure transition area and monitored
- Timing chip
- Race results prompt
- Nice spread afterward
- Good location
- A few rough patches on the ride
- No Olympic distance option
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