PHOTOS: Running on ice during Ottawa’s Winterlude Triathlon

Check out photos from the Winterlude Triathlon in Ottawa as runners took to the ice for a frozen 5K in the event's third leg.

February 7th, 2017 by | Posted in Runs & Races | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

When thinking of Ottawa’s Rideau Canal in the winter, the first thing that may come to mind, even for runners, is skating. This past weekend’s Winterlude Triathlon combined the best of both worlds.

The three-discipline event, which involves a 8K skate, 8K ski and 5K run, is one of Winterlude’s oldest-running events. The run portion of the triathlon is partially held on the ice of the Rideau Canal, the world’s largest skating rink. Winterlude is an annual winter festival in the nation’s capital.

Run description:

“Along the snow pack of Dow’s Lake to the Canal to Hartwell Locks. Go up the stairs, then turn right and run along the pathway for about 400m to the turn around, then back along the path, past the stairs towards Bronson, down the handicap ramp, then back towards the Hartwell Locks, staying on the left side of the Canal.”

Fortunately for this year’s participants, the weather cooperated in regards to the Rideau Canal being open as well as plenty of snow covering the course for the cross-country ski portion of the event.

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Full results here.

Photos from this race, taken by Kevin Mackinnon, originally appeared in Triathlon Magazine Canada.