Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Pathways Support Paratriathletes Event

KELOWNA, BC - March 5, 2014 -As a long-time supporter of paratriathlon in Canada, the 2014 Pushor Mitchell Apple Triathlon will host the fourth race in the 2014 Can-Am Paratriathlete Race Series during the weekend of August 15-17 in Kelowna. The Can-Am Paratriathlon Race Series is the North American racing circuit for paratriathletes in the United States and Canada. In addition to the Can-Am Kelowna Paratriathlon Sprint, the 'Apple' will also offer other top class triathlon events to satisfy the appetite of all ages, stages and abilities including a Paratriathlete Olympic race.

"Our experienced race director Randy Sparrow continues to optimize the course for paratriathletes and we are  looking forward to seeing Canadian and other paratriathletes in action again," said Mike Hassard vice president of the Kelowna Apple Triathlon Society.

Top international and Canadian paratriathlete Pierre Ouellet had the following to say about his participation in the Pushor Mitchell Kelowna Apple Triathlon. " I twice participated in the Kelowna Apple Triathlon. It is a very well organized race and beautiful site and the people and area are awesome. It is quite an active place and a  region that I would like to live in."

Paratriathlon events are for athletes with physical and visual impairments. The sport of paratriathlon will make its debut at the Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro in 2016. Paratriathlon is practiced in 37 different countries. Athletes race in three disciplines: 750m of swimming, followed by 20km of cycling and 5km of running. Competition categories are based on specific physical impairments. Athletes may use a hand cycle, tandem bicycle or bicycle in the cycling portion and wheelchairs are permitted on the running portion of the course. Paratriathlon is unique in that it fully integrates athletes with physical and visual impairments alongside their able-bodied counterparts at the same event. The Pushor Mitchell Kelowna Apple Triathlon offers separate races.

Kelowna's Pathways Abilities Society will be supporting the Paratriathlete races. "Pathways Abilities Society helps those with developmental disabilities to become included in community through encouragement, education, and employment. Organized sport is a great way to become connected to the community. We look forward to being part of this great event," said Kim Harmison, Employment Developer at Pathways Abilities Society.  Pathways will lend support by recruiting volunteers who will assist paratriathletes in transitioning between the swimming and cycling stages of the race.

"We are honoured to be hosting the Paratriathlete Elite Sprint and Olympic race and grateful for the assistance of Kelowna's Pathway Abilities Society," said Hassard.  

The Pushor Mitchell Apple Triathlon will also be a qualifying race for the 2015 ITU Age Group World Championships in Chicago, offering three qualifying Olympic and Sprint distance spots per age group and gender. It will host three Elite races in total (Elite Sprint, Junior Elite Sprint and Elite Paratriathlete Sprint) as well as the BC Provincial Championships for the Junior Elite and Olympic distance Age Group events. It also includes the National U15 and Junior Elite Grand Final.

Register now for the Olympic, Sprint, Aquathon, Fun Run, Open Water Swim, relay and other events Pathways Abilities Society can be contacted at
Photo: Pierre Ouellet, top international and Canadian paratriathlete and past participant at the Pushor Mitchell Kelowna Apple Triathlon is focused on participating in the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games.

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Thursday, August 15, 2013

Reporting from the 2013 Apple Triathlon using #AppleTri

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This year we will concentrate on reporting on Twitter - join us by using #AppleTri
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Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Quality Greens Kelowna Apple Triathlon 2013

The Kelowna Apple Triathlon has many things it's athletes come back for each year ... and in the top three is the food.

The amazing spread of hundreds of pounds of banana's, watermelon, iced cold drinks,  is supplied by the Okanagan's Quality Greens each year.

Kelowna Apple Triathlon Quality Greens

What a great way to energize after completing the race!

If you are an athlete at this years event make sure to say thanks to the Chris and Lisa and the team from Quality Greens.

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Round Up Some Volunteers!

As athletes we know the importance of volunteers. They sort our race packs, man the aid stations, hold us up at the finish line. They deal with our sweaty, smelly, gasping for breath, bodies from the minute we get out of the water (or, heaven forbid, before!) and then they clear up when we've gone.

Volunteers are amazing, and we need more of them.

Aside from the obvious benefits of a great day out, the opportunity to be involved with the triathlon community and the karma of selflessly donating some time to others .... there is also a bunch of great free stuff (listed below)

If you are not racing then gather up some colleagues, friends and family and help support one of Canada's premier endurance events. 

If you know of someone that might consider volunteering for the Apple Triathlon then please forward this email, it would be much appreciated.

Why volunteer?

Prize Draw for two, yes two, Air Canada tickets to any Air Canada destination in continental North America. That's a lot of choice. How popular will you be with your chosen travel partner?


Beer for a year draw for Bike Course Marshals. Glug, glug, glug .... ahhhh! How popular will you be with, well, everyone!  


Volunteer 'Thank You' reception in the beautiful Laurel Packing House with food courtesy of Boston Pizza, washed down with beer and wine.


Volunteer commemorative polo shirts. This year we have removed the sponsors so it's more stylish and you can wear it year round.


Commemorative 'Apple Triathlon' gym Bag. A perfectly sized kit bag to hold whatever you wish.


Joining the Apple Triathlon family in serving up one of Canada's premiere sporting events to the local community.

It's great being an Apple Triathlon volunteer. Sign up today.

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