The upcoming 2014 edition of the K-Town Tri will bring a new chapter to one of the longest running sporting events in Kingston. In 2012 a decision was made to find a private body to take over the organization and running of the K-Town Tri. In the winter of 2012-13 a final decision was made welcoming Multisport Canada to Kingston!
Multipsort Canada was founded by John Salt and Mike Buck in 2001 "with the goal of developing a triathlon series that would bring more quality triathlon and duathlon events to Ontario and attract new people to a sport that is filled with camaraderie and fun." In acquiring the K-Town Tri, Multisport Canada now produces 12 races with over 10,000 athlete participants.
Having been involved in various capacities with the K-Town Tri over the years I have witnessed it become one of the premier races of its size in North America. The positive feedback over the years has been incredible. This race and its contribution to developing the sport of Triathlon have impacted numerous lives in a positive manner over the years. I have witnessed it change the lifestyle habits of entire families with its influence. This race has also served as a breeding ground of sorts for athletes looking to pursue this sport at a higher level and at one time even provided the winners with entry to the Hawaii Ironman. Here are just a few names of athletes who have made an impact over the years and who at one point or another have crossed the finish line at the K-Town Tri: Simon Whitfield, Mike Neill, Tony O'Keefe, Marie Danais, Julie Curwin, Rick Hellard, Tereza Macel, Nigel Gray, Sean Betchel, Alexander and Dorelle Hinton, Lauren Groves, Sharon Donnelly, Adam Campbell, Lynne Bermel, Joanne King, Caroline Chouinard, Mark Bates, Jeff Beech, Richard Brown Kevin MacKinnon, Graham Fraser, Carolina Heins and these are just the elites. The race has also hosted some of the best age group athletes over the years.
With 30 incredible years of history behind it the potential for this race is amazing. I look forward to seeing what John and his crew do to grow this fabulous event in the future.