The sport of triathlon is on the upswing across North America and the growth of triathlon in Saskatchewan continues to keep pace. Sask Sport Inc, the Saskatchewan Triathlon Association's major funding partner, recognizes triathlon as one of the fastest growing sports in Saskatchewan and our membership numbers support that claim. In 2000, the year Canada's Simon Whitfield won gold in triathlon at the Sydney Olympics, the Saskatchewan Triathlon Association (STAC) had 200 members. Since then, our age group membership has increased annually. As of 2013, our age group membership size had eclipsed 1500 from all categories. As mentioned earlier, this upward trend is occurring across North American. Both Triathlon Canada and the USA Triathlon report uninterrupted membership growth for the sport since 2000.
Pictured: Race Meeting at the 2013 Subaru Saskatoon Triathlon at River Landing
Age group athletes are defined under the Triathlon Canada Long Term Athlete Development Model as in the Active for Life stream. This means they look for the multiple beneficial aspects of the triathlon experience; commitment to a personal goal, a healthy lifestyle, enjoying the great outdoors, improving one's fitness, competition (for some), and being around and enjoying a large group of positive people. In a study on the demographics of the triathlete, the USAT concluded "triathletes do, in fact, exhibit “tribal” traits such as fierce loyalty, dedication, enthusiasm, and a burning desire to see their sport succeed." You will find this true of our age group triathlon community in Saskatchewan. The foundation of activities for triathlon in Saskatchewan comes through age group events and races. Our provincial triathlon clubs operate all STAC sanctioned races in Saskatchewan. The clubs also host training and social events throughout the year.
Some questions and misconceptions you may have:
Triathlon is only for "crazy" people; I could never complete a race!
All of the races in Saskatchewan offer multiple distance options tailored for all skill levels and interests. For example, the event may offer a range beginning with a short distance event such as a 300 meter swim, 10 km bike ride and a 2 km run. You should be able to find a distance that works for you.
What if I do not like to swim?
We offer non- swim events called Duathlon. These events generally involve a run-bike-run format. There is also the option of team events for some races.
What are the typical distances and types of events for triathlon?
Short: 300 m swim, 10 km bike, 3 km run
Sprint: 750 m swim, 20 km bike, 5 km run
Standard: 1500 m swim, 40 km bike, 10 km run
Long Course: 1.9 km swim, 90 km bike, 21.1 km run
Ultra Distance: 3.8 km swim, 180.2 km bike, 42.2 km run
Team Events: some of our races offer the opportunity for people to enter as a team; don't swim or bike? No problem. Find a friend to swim and another friend to bike and enter as a team.
Off Road: Events which may be Duathlon or Triathlon but involved trail biking and running
Do you have to Join a club?
No, the Saskatchewan Triathlon Association Corporation allows non-affiliated member purchases.
That said, our member clubs host our races and offer training and social opportunities. Getting in contact with a club is a GREAT way to get started and meet your fellow triathletes. Visit our Club Page here for contact information.
How about helping out? I would like to volunteer!
Triathlon's require a large number of volunteers to operate. A typical volunteer ratio at a triathlon is one volunteer for every two athletes. All of our races are run by volunteers. Please help our clubs and events by volunteering or bringing a volunteer to your next race. You can learn more about volunteer opportunities here.
I don't know how to get started; who should I contact?
A good place to start is right here. Email STAC at email@example.com. And, we would be happy to point you in the right direction. Also, we have clubs in the larger communities in the province as well as members across the province. If you want someone to chat with about the sport, let us know and we can help you out.
If you would like more information on triathlon in Saskatchewan, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Our partner organizations and other triathlon web sites worth visiting:
Alberta Triathlon Association
Triathlon British Columbia
Triathlon New Brunswick
Triathlon Newfoundland and Labrador
Triathlon Nova Scotia
Triathlon Prince Edward Island
Sask Sport Inc.
Coaches Association of Saskatchewan
International Triathlon Union