With the unfortunate news that the wildly popular Ironman Victoria 70.3 event is taking a hiatus for the 2021 season, allowing Ironman to focus on delivering its core events throughout North America and abroad, it’s fantastic to see Pinnacle Fitness announcing its plan to host the 2021 Victoria Half iron-distance triathlon event at Elk Lake on May 30th , 2021, continuing the 26 year-old tradition of hosting what has become a sentimental favourite.
The event has a rich history dating back to 1994, with winners that have included multiple Ironman World Champions Lori Bowden and Mirinda Carfrae. The local event has also served as many athletes’ first foray into half iron distance events, offering a calm swim loop, beautiful ride around the Saanich Peninsula and incredible two-loop run around Elk Lake’s soft trails.
Triathlon BC Board Chair Larry Feagan commented, “We are excited to see this event continue in 2021! It is an important event on the race calendar and provides hope to us all that competition is not far off – in whatever shape it may unfold in 2021.”
“The Elk Lake Triathlon has become an incredible fixture on our race calendar, calling on athletes from across the spectrum, young and old, beginner to elite. We are thrilled to see Pinnacle Fitness return to event management and delivering this special event in 2021,” said Allan Prazsky, Triathlon BC Executive Director.
Directors of Pinnacle Fitness organized the Victoria race prior to 2013 when Ironman acquired the event.
With Pinnacle Fitness’s offices located across the street from the start line at Elk Lake, the decision to revive the event was a natural. Pinnacle Fitness Director, Paul Regensburg commented: “This event is very important to the triathlon community and provides a significant economic impact to the region as Saanich’s largest sporting event of the year.”
Organizers also plan to incorporate other traditional components into the event including a shorter race option, relay teams and community programs. COVID guidelines and contingencies have also been drawn up, and will be continually updated as BC moves through the various reopenings.
Registration will open this fall subject to final permit approvals