Quesnel’s Iron Dragon Triathlon is all about creating awareness and celebrating local trails.
Creator Angelo Sia invites everyone to mountain bike, run or paddle, or do all three on Saturday, Aug. 14, in support of the Gold Rush Cycling Club.
He’s hoping to raise $500.
“There’s been a lot of work done in the last couple of years on the trails, and it’s to support the trail network and all of the people that have been working hard,” he said.
“It’s a volunteer club, so it’s a really good opportunity to showcase the trails and the trail network that we have here.”
This marks the second year of the Iron Dragon Triathlon.
Last year just a handful of people had shown up as Sia kept relatively quiet about the event as the COVID-19 pandemic kept things looking somewhat unclear.
Fast forward: Sia said at least 12 people have already have signed up and that he expects some latecomers.
The triathlon is divided into three stages: a 15-kilometre mountain bike, a 10-kilometre run, and a 10-kilometre paddle.
Participants can choose to do any of the three stages or do them all.
In 2020 it took Sia under five hours to complete them all.
“It’s you versus you,” Sia said. “There’s nobody to compete against but yourself. So next year, when you come out and do it again, try to improve your time or maybe add on another segment.”
The Iron Dragon Triathlon gets underway at 8 a.m. at the boat launch on Hydraulic Road, with a brief mandatory meeting to go over the day.
Individuals participating in the first segment will then meet an hour later at 9 a.m. at the Dragon Mountain parking lot.
The day will conclude at 6 p.m. 196 Davie St. with a raffle draw for prizes.