Triathlon of Compassion 2020 Update

Triathlon of Compassion, Esquimalt Recreation Centre, 2018

The Triathlon of Compassion is not only a great grass roots event raced by many first timers and elites alike, it is an important fundraiser for The Victoria Sexual Assault Centre.

While this years event may not be able to go ahead as planned we still want to keep the spirit of this race alive in 2020 and also keep raising important funds for VSAC.

How will this work in a physically distancing world?

Many virtual events are being organized while this pandemic causes us to alter our daily lives and routines. These virtual events require athletes to have access to technologically advanced smart watches, smart trainers and/or both. Many of the athletes that race the Triathlon of Compassion are using it as a chance to “test the waters” in our sport and complete their first ever multisport event. We would like to offer everyone the chance to still compete in this years event and raise those all important funds, but in a very grass roots manner.

With that in mind, we will not require athletes to submit files or “proof” of their times, but instead we will be relying on peoples honesty and simple desire to be a part of something that is “different” but still gets to the heart of what triathlon is all about.

The Specifics

Over the weekend of Saturday June 20th and Sunday June 21st, each athlete will be required to;

Swim 500m (Since most pools will still likely not be open, this can be done in Thetis Lake over a specified/ “suggested” course that we will send to competitors the week of the race or in a lake of your choosing)

Bike 20km (Can be done anywhere, but you must make sure that you have measured out a proper 20km course. In many cases the flatter the better if you would like to post a FAST time)

Run 5km (Can be done anywhere, but you must make sure that you are running 5km)

*Youth distances will be included as well, using the same rules and format. More information to follow.

By 6pm on Sunday, June 21st you will be required to submit your times for the three events and we will tabulate and post the results. All athletes who complete the event will still receive their well earned finisher medal and a celebration/recognition get together will happen at a later date when we get the all clear to gather in groups again.

Giving Back to Help During this Time of Need

Since one of the main goals of The Triathlon of Compassion is to raise funds for The Victoria Sexual Assault Centre and since this years format will not require the same costs to be incurred to host, we will be leaving the registration cost at the early bird price and all extra money that would have gone into race production will be donated directly to VSAC. We will encourage all racers to help in the efforts to raise funds and like all years, there will great prizes for fundraisers which will be given out at the celebration/recognition ceremony.

More Details and Help Forthcoming

Let us know what obstacles you face. We’re going to post some safety and how-to ideas.