by hwilde on May 14, 2011

The outdoor sport of Triathlon has grown exponentially in popularity in recent years, locally and globally.  Olympic medalist Simon Whitfield who lives and trains near Victoria, has been a source of inspiration for many Canadians, especially people who are living in Victoria.

The origins of the modern sport of Triathlon are thought to stem from a race held in France from the 1920’s to 1930’s that was called variously “Les trois sports”, “La Course des Débrouillards”, and “La course des Touche à Tout”.

Triathlons vary in length, the standard international distances are:

  • Sprint distance – 750 m swim, 20 km bike, 5km run);
  • Standard (Olympic) distance – 1.5 km swim, 40 km bike, 10 km run;
  • Long Course (Half Ironman) – 1.9 km swim, 90 km bike, 21.1 km run, and
  • Ultra Distance (Ironman) – 3.8 km swim, 180 km bike, (42.2 km run).

Victoria hosts several Triathlons over the calendar year, you can find a race schedule on the Triathlon BC website.  You can also find links to the 10 affiliated Triathlon clubs in the Greater Victoria area on this site, as well as links to all BC Tri clubs.

If your kids are interested in this endurance sport, check out the Kids of Steel program.  Aimed at athletes 7 (and younger) to 19, KOS is Triathlon Canada’s National Youth Development Program.

KOS supports youth development in triathlon and related multi-sport events through delivery of a standardized program across Canada.  The program includes:

  • Specific age to distance competitions;
  • Clinics and camps, and
  • Expos and events that raise awareness of participation in Triathlon, Duathlon and Aquathlon.

Triathlon, in all its forms, is an exciting outdoor sport that people who are living in Victoria can train for and participate in throughout the year, thanks to the mild climate in this beautiful city.


Victoria BC Realtor Heather Wilde was raised and educated in Winnipeg. After graduating from both the University of Winnipeg (Bachelor of Arts) and the University of Manitoba Faculty of Education she relocated to British Columbia in 1975. Her career in real estate has been successful due to her commitment to and genuine pleasure at helping families find homes and properties for sale in Victoria BC. Heather was licensed as a Realtor in 1976 and since then has worked hard to achieve a high standard of performance; consistently attaining a Victoria Real Estate Board MLS Gold Award. If you ask Heather, she will undoubtedly say that although it’s nice to be recognized in the industry through performance awards, what really drives her success is the relationships and friendships she forges with the families that she helps. Many of Heather’s former clients have become close friends, and many of her close friends have become clients. That says a lot about her dedication to providing professional service while maintaining a friendly rapport with clients. Heather loves to travel the world (preferrably on a cruise ship!) and also enjoys tennis and bridge during her spare time. As of January 2014, Heather has retired from her real estate career.

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Rob Dibden October 20, 2012 at 10:33 am

Just want to let you know about a new KOS triathlon Club in Victoria. HPR Youth is for kids 8-16 who are interested in triathlon. We have a great team and are always looking for new members. Check out our website for more info.

Janis October 22, 2012 at 8:13 am

Thanks for the info!

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