A Iron distance race that doesn't require an Iron wallet
Posted Jan 04 2012 1:23pm
The sport of triathlon is on the rise. EMT posted a few weeks ago about the increase in USAT memberships and race participants across the board. Will supply meet demand?
Most WTC Ironman distance races sell out hours, if not minutes, of registration opening up. If you aren't lucky enough to get in the race you want, you could always defer to a tougher IM event course that does not sell out, where you may break your body or spirit before you reach the finish line. If you're looking to race your first IM distance, that may not be the best choice.
WTC is adding events left and right, and they sell out as soon as registration opens up. IM New York? Good luck getting a spot for 2013. What's a dedicated triathlete to do when you can't get in the registration line, or worse, cannot afford to sign up and manage travel to an event?
Easy, look at non-WTC events. Sure, you may not get the fanfare of the IM brand, but a lot of events offer up their own brand of fanfare and frills at a substantially reduced price from WTC events. There's the staples of REV 3 events, the new Leadman Epic events and more. Then, you have the diamonds in the rough. Those events with a shoestring budget that cannot afford the mainstream marketing in LAVA or Triathlete magazine, but offer just as much bang for your buck, if not more.
Epic Dartmouth is just such an event priced at just $275 Canadian dollars.
Starting out as a suggested training day for the new IM race in Mt Tremblant, Quebec, enough local athletes showed interest and spotted an initial entry fee and a new Iron distance event was born for 2012. They bring an Aqua course, Epic course with the run only 13.1 miles and a full 140.6 mile course around Nova Scotia.
They have captured sponsors, flight discounts, lodging discounts, and a pretty snazzy web site - www.epicdartmouth.com .
There's only about a dozen officially registered so far, but the figured that would happen with registration opening just a couple of weeks prior to Christmas. They should have a little rush before the 30th of December, as that's when the $75 off expires. There's also another 45 that have already paid in to get the race off the ground, so they need to wander by and register as well.
They also have a travel discount that is in play too - $50 off for travelling from outside the three Maritime Provinces, and $100 for travelling from outside North America.
If you are looking for a destination event that's affordable and in a great touristy destination, consider the Epic Dartmouth. It's not the only competition out there, but worth a look.
Ryan Falkenrath writes the blog falkeetriathlon.blogspot.com , married father of two young kids, owner of two dogs and trying to balance life, work and multisport. Ryan has participated in multisport events since 2001 from 5k's to Half Ironmans. Ryan is also the Kansas City Endurance Sports Examiner and you can read more of his triathlon thoughts HERE and he collects race reviews at www.Triathlon-Reviews.blogspot.com . Contact Ryan at: firstname.lastname@example.org or follow him on @TriJayhawkRyan .