April 23, 2024
The Fresh Air Kelowna Cherry Blossom Triathlon is back with the same great vibes and new youth events.

Time for Kelowna to Cycle, Run, and Swim at the Cherry Blossom Triathlon

It’s the time of year again when triathletes get to test their spring fitness at the Kelowna Cherry Blossom Triathlon on May 5th. 

The event was born in 2013 by keen athletes in Kelowna looking to fill a gap in the early race season, and Fresh Air Kelowna has supported the event ever since. 

“The one thing about the triathlon community and what’s kept me in the sport over time is how it’s always just a friendly and welcoming atmosphere,” says race director and triathlon coach Cory Krist. Cory has been involved in the race from the beginning, first as a participant, then as a volunteer, and then as the next co-director. 

Testing the waters

“Everyone is supportive and cheers each other on,” says Cory. “We get lots of first-timers in this race, and the feedback I get every year is that everyone was so awesome.” 

The race is particularly welcoming for new triathletes thanks to the 50-metre pool at the H2O Aquatic Centre (it’s a little too early for a lake swim) and a mostly flat running course.

“The pool is a great way to try it for the first time before having to jump into the open water, which tends to be a little more daunting,” he explains. 

While the event is beginner-friendly, that doesn’t stop all levels from competing, from novice to professional athletes. 

“There are those athletes, and there's a regular triathlete community that sees each other all summer long at all the races. It’s a good kickoff to the season.”

Cory’s advice for first-timers: enjoy yourself. 

“You can only do the best you can at any given time,” he says. “I always joke with my athletes that on race day, you're never going to be ready regardless of how well you prepared, so just have fun and enjoy the day.”

That being said, when it comes to training, listening to your body, being consistent, and not getting injured are key. 

New this year: BC Summer Games youth qualifiers

The triathlon is branching out this year to provide more events for youth competitors, including the Youth Super Sprint, a BC Summer Games qualifying event.

The BC Summer Games take place every two years and include an Aquathlon, Duathlon, Triathlon, Relay, and F1 Triathlon for youth athletes. The games take place July 18-21 in Maple Ridge, BC.

Run, swim, and bike your way to the finish line at this annual season opener that's all about the community.

Volunteers are always welcome!

If participation isn’t for you, volunteers are always needed and much appreciated. Donating your time only takes a few hours and can be in different areas. The triathlon says thank you to volunteers with:

  • An entry for draw prizes

  • A new Cherry Blossom swag item

  • Snacks, coffee and tea

  • The warm, fuzzy feeling you get from helping your community of athletes

Learn more or register to volunteer at the Cherry Blossom Triathlon.

Register to race

The race is set to fill up, but as of now, there’s still time to grab your road bike, swimsuit, and running shoes in Kelowna and sign up. Registration is open until April 30th or until capacity is reached. Register today

Road bike, mountain bike, or just that bike you borrowed from your neighbour—all levels and rides are welcome at the Kelowna Cherry Blossom Triathlon on May 5.

Quit dreaming, start doing. Our sports stores in Kelowna have everything you need to find your new sport. See what’s in store, then get out and enjoy the Fresh Air!

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