Celebrating Age Group Athletes Across the Triathlon Community

2024 Age Group World Championship Announcement 2024 Provincial Championship Announcement

Masters and Age Group Athletes

Whether it’s a gold medal pursuit or simply completing a triathlon, athletes of all ages strive to meet their goals with passion, hard work, and dedication. At Triathlon BC, we believe multisport is for everyone. Whatever stage of athlete you are, Triathlon BC is here to support your fitness endeavours. Check out our information on age appropriate development, Provincial Championships, World Qualifiers and stories from BC's triathlon community!

Age Group Team Canada

The Canadian Age-Group World Championship Teams consist of top performing age-group athletes and para-athletes who earn a spot at a qualification race to represent Canada on the world stage at the International Triathlon Union (ITU) World Championships. Team members have the unique opportunity to represent their country, participate in a unique team environment and celebrate their sport within the global multisport community. The age-group team is one hundred percent self-funded.

Para-triathletes compete in age-group competition according to their classification.  If they are not officially classified through the ITU process, para-triathletes can always race locally in a self-identified “Open Paratriathlon”.

The 2025 World Championship Events are:

2025 World Triathlon Multisport Championships – Pontevedra, Spain
Aquathlon, Cross Triathlon, Cross Duathlon, Standard Duathlon, Sprint Duathlon, Long Distance Triathlon, Long Distance Aquabike

2025 World Triathlon Championships – TBD
Standard Triathlon, Sprint Triathlon, Standard Aquabike, Mixed Team Relay

Athletes who go on to earn an automatic spot at a designated qualifying event must also meet Triathlon Canada’s eligibility criteria, listed below.

  1. Must be a Canadian Citizen or Permanent Resident of Canada.
  2. Must be a valid annual member of a Triathlon Provincial Sport Organization (i.e. Triathlon BC) PRIOR to the qualification event.
  3. Must submit an Expression Of Interest (EOI) PRIOR to the start of the qualification event.

2024 events and disciplines listed below will qualify athletes for the 2025 World Championships.

DISCIPLINE EVENT DATE LOCATION
Standard Triathlon Oliver Sprint & Standard June 01 Oliver, BC
Standard Triathlon Peach Classic July 07 Penticton, BC
Standard Aquabike Victoria Half & Sprint July 14 Victoria, BC
Sprint Triathlon Cowichan Challenge June 30 Chemainus, BC
Sprint Triathlon Oliver Sprint & Standard June 01 Oliver, BC
Mixed Team Relay Oliver Half & MTR June-02 Oliver, BC
Standard Duathlon Elk Lake Triathlon August 04 Nanaimo, BC
Sprint Duathlon UBC Tri-Du March-09 Vancouver, BC
Cross Triathlon Squamish Off-Road Triathlon June-18 Squamish, BC
Cross Triathlon – 3 spots XTERRA Victoria National Championships July 7 Victoria, BC
Long Distance Triathlon Victoria Half & Sprint July 14 Victoria, BC
Aquathlon Elk Lake Triathlon August 4 Victoria, BC

Note 1:  With limited age group qualifying spots available throughout Canada, particularly western Canada, expect events to fill early.  Early registration, where available, is recommended.

Note 2:  To be eligible to secure a World Championship spot, athletes must be members of their provincial triathlon association (i.e. Triathlon BC) PRIOR to competing in the qualifying event.

Note 3:  Age-groups are categorized according to gender and 5-year age brackets based on 2025 ages (i.e. 16-19, 20-24, 25-29, etc.).  Qualifying events host one spot, per gender, per age group.

Note 4:  Under Triathlon Canada’s Expression Of Interest policy, rolldowns are permitted

BC Championship Events

Triathlon BC’s Provincial Championship events uphold values that include participation and inclusiveness, while offering athletes of every age an opportunity to test themselves against the best competitors from British Columbia and abroad, in their pursuit of a Champion’s title.

2024 Provincial Championship Events

The 2024 Provincial Championship season spans over 3 months, starting in Canada’s wine capital, Oliver, and ending on the south tip of Vancouver Island, with stops along the way that include Squamish, Kamloops, Chemainus and Victoria, covering seven popular multisport disciplines.

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DATE CHAMPIONSHIP DISCIPLINE EVENT LOCATION
January 22 Indoor Triathlon BC Indoor Triathlon Kamloops
June 1 Standard Triathlon Oliver Sprint & Standard Triathlon Oliver
June 2 Mixed Team Relay Triathlon Oliver Half & MTR Oliver
June 15 Off-Road (Cross) Triathlon Squamish Off-Road Triathlon Squamish
June 22 Junior & U23 Triathlon Kamloops Youth Triathlon Kamloops
June 30 Sprint Triathlon Cowichan Challenge Chemainus
July 14 Long Distance Triathlon Victoria Half & Sprint Victoria
August 4 Duathlon Elk Lake Triathlon Victoria

Triathlon BC’s Provincial Championship events uphold values such as participation and inclusivity, while offering performance pathway athletes an opportunity to test themselves against the best competitors from British Columbia in their pursuit of a Champion’s title and its associated hardware.

55+ BC Games - Salmon Arm 2024

Triathlon BC is thrilled to be selected by the Host Society to be offered as a marque sport in the 2024 55+ BC Games, being hosted out of the Salmon Arm region. A sprint triathlon will be held Wednesday, September 11 out of the District of Sicamous, and a duathlon will be held on Friday, September 13, in the Community of Canoe.

The region will be hosting 24 sports and expecting upwards of 2,700 participants, with almost 1,000 volunteers being involved in the planning and staging of the Games.

Registration for the 2024 Games will be open on March 1, 2024.  For information about the event, including results from the 2023 Games, visit our website www.55plusbcgames.org

The 55+ BC Games has 12 zones within the province:

Masters Athetes - The Evolution of Training and Staying Fit

The benefits of regular physical activity are well documented; sustained long-term health, increased social connectedness, improved mental and physical well-being and better quality of life.

While triathlon is a fountain of youth for many, it’s important that the maturing triathlete doesn’t reapply the same training strategy year after year, decade after decade. With some adjustments to your annual plan, you can stay fit and fast well into your 60s and beyond.

We asked Victoria’s Lance Watson, LifeSport head coach, who has trained a number of Ironman, Olympic and age-group Champions over the past 30 years, to outline some of the age-associated changes to training Master athletes should consider.

Athletes in their 40s

Many athletes can replicate the threshold training they did in their mid-30s through their early 40s. The biggest change is recovery time. The good news for the long-term athlete is that muscle memory —muscle familiarity that comes from repeating a motion— does not disappear with age, so experienced athletes can be more efficient than their younger counterparts with fewer lifetime training miles. Athletes can attain previous fitness levels with less threshold work so long as they can perform consistent, strong aerobic efforts.

Recovery weeks should take place regularly, and they need to provide a really good recharge. Increased focus on body maintenance through massage and stretching can also prolong an athlete’s high performance window.

Athletes in their 50s

Athletes in their 50s need to carefully “pick their spots” in the season. They can train for high-level performance but cannot sustain the same levels of intensity or duration as younger athletes. You have to be clear on what your peak event is, and have a longer aerobic base phase followed by a shorter threshold-emphasis peaking phase.

Strength training also becomes more important after age 50. Lifting two or three times per week much of the year and doing a core strength and flexibility routine regularly is a good idea. There’s more need for recovery, and a minimum of two weeks out of every five should be dedicated recovery weeks.

Research out of Australia has shown that cycling performance declines less with age than swimming and running. (This is more pronounced at iron distance than at Olympic distance.) Good cycling fitness will help support a declining run split. If you can start the run feeling fresher, you are capable of running closer to your open run abilities.

Athletes in their 60s and Beyond

After 60, the injury risk and recovery required from frequent high-intensity training is not worth the benefit. A good guideline is one high-intensity swim, bike and run workout every two weeks coupled with frequent aerobic work emphasizing movement efficiency. Take two days off per week, and every second week should be a recovery week.

Along with aerobic conditioning, do resistance exercises that work the major muscle groups along with regular stretching. Yoga can help maintain strength, range of motion and stability.
Protecting the joints from inflammation, pain, stiffness and structural breakdown means a mature athlete has to respect the body’s pain signals. The healing process from injury at this age can be much longer.

Regardless of your age, the take-home message is: Use it or lose it!

ATHLETE FEATURES:

Triathlon BC celebrates every athlete, from the international elite athlete in search of Olympic glory to our local grass roots participant crossing the finish line.  We are reaching out to our community to gather interesting and inspiring stories to share and grow our network.  Check out some of our athlete features below:

Garth Fuller
Eleanor Paugh
Leigh Blaney
Joanne Montgomery
Evan Fagan
Carol Currie
Marie-Josee Cossette
Carolyn Hubbard
Suzanne Flannigan
Michael (Mikey) Ross
Mark Shorter
Bruce Regensberg

If you have stories that you would like share with Triathlon BC please contact us today

Masters athletes are the leaders and role models in our triathlon community, inspiring us to stay engaged in a lifelong journey of health, fitness, and friendly competition. They continue to demonstrate that age is not a barrier to accomplishing the extraordinary.

Lance Watson (Lifesport Coach)