Pushor Mitchell Apple Triathlon Adds Elite Paratriathlon Events
Pushor Mitchell is very pleased that this year’s Pushor Mitchell Apple Triathlon has added a number of elite paratriathlon events for this year’s Apple Triathlon.
The Pushor Mitchell Apple Triathlon will be hosting the Paratriathlete Elite Sprint and Olympic race, and will also be a qualifying race for the 2015 ITU Age Group World Championships in Chicago, offering three qualifying Olympic and Sprint distance spots per age group and gender.
It will host three Elite races in total (Elite Sprint, Junior Elite Sprint and Elite Paratriathlete Sprint) as well as the BC Provincial Championships for the Junior Elite and Olympic distance Age Group events. It also includes the National U15 and Junior Elite Grand Final.
Paratriathlon events are for athletes with physical and visual impairments.
Athletes race in three disciplines: 750m of swimming, followed by 20km of cycling and 5km of running. Competition categories are based on specific physical impairments. Athletes may use a hand cycle, tandem bicycle or bicycle in the cycling portion and wheelchairs are permitted on the running portion of the course. Paratriathlon is unique in that it fully integrates athletes with physical and visual impairments alongside their able-bodied counterparts at the same event.
Top international and Canadian paratriathlete Pierre Ouellet will be in Kelowna to take part.
Kelowna’s Pathways Abilities Society will be supporting the Paratriathlete races.
“Pathways Abilities Society helps those with developmental disabilities to become included in community through encouragement, education, and employment,” said Kim Harrison, employment developer at Pathways.
Pathways will lend support by recruiting volunteers who will assist paratriathletes in transitioning between the swimming and cycling stages of the race.
Pushor Mitchell has been a supporter for many years of those with spinal injuries and other disabilities, and is very pleased this years Triathlon will encompass these additional paratriathlete events.
The Pushor Mitchell Apple Triathlon will be taking place the weekend of August 15 to 17, 2014, in Kelowna, BC.