ARE YOU TRI-CONIC?
Run the Train. Bike the Boat. Swim the Plane. Or do all three!
Participants will run against the 1929 No.7 Baldwin Steam Train to McLean’s Mill National Historic Site, bike against the 1958 Frances Barkley boat to Bamfield and/or swim in Sproat Lake: home of the 1945 Martin Mars Water Bomber. This is a 'build your own event': you choose to run, bike, or swim (or make it a staged triathlon by doing all three!) at the level of challenge you're ready to tackle.
Come test your true mettle Canada Day Long Weekend 2017 (June 30, 2017 to July 3, 2017).
We acknowledge the financial support of the
Government of Canada.
Nous reconnaissons l'appui financier du
gouvernement du Canada.
RUN - DAY 1 (JULY 1st, 2017)
All-out foot races begin at the Harbour Quay E&N Railway Train Station, home of Port Alberni's Iconic 1929 No. 7 Baldwin Steam Train.
This event started it all! Known on its own as the No. 7 Challenge, "Sprint" runners will race the train on a 10K journey from our bustling waterfront, through town, and out to the McLean Mill National Historic Site - Canada's only operating Steam Powered Mill. Both the 'Challenge and Iconic Races' will see our athletes try to beat the train back to the Train Station.
Event starts at 8:30am - Iconic, 9:00am - Smolts, 10:00am Sprint/Challenge
Courses débridées à pied se lancent de la Gare E&N au Quai du Havre, base du très célèbre locomotive à vapeur, le Baldwin No. 7. C’est l’événement qui a tout commencé! Connu sous le nom du “Défi No. 7”, les coureurs Sprint courront contre le train sur un parcours de 10 km. de notre foisonnant port, à travers la ville et ses environs jusqu’au Moulin à vapeur McLean, site nationale historique, le seul moulin de ce type toujours en état de marche. Les deux courses Défi et Iconic verront nos athlètes essayer de battre le train au retour à la Gare. L’événement part à 8h 30-Iconic, 9h 00 -Saumoneaux, 10 h-Sprint/Défi
BIKE - DAY 2 (JULY 2ND, 2017)
Full-tilt bike races start at Port Alberni's scenic Harbour Quay, home of the Iconic 1958 M.V. Frances Barkley. Cyclists will embark on an epic road race along the Bamfield Road (yes it's Gravel - suited best to Mountain/Cyclocross bikes) to meet the Frances Barkley in the picturesque coastal community of Bamfield.
Once there, participants will be treated to a delicious Salmon feast on the stunning Pachena Bay Beach, owned and operated by our friends at Huu-ay-aht First Nations.
Event starts at 7:00 am - Challenge/Iconic, 8:00am - Sprint/Smolts
Courses à Vélo à plein régime démarrent au captivant Quai du Havre, port d’attache de l’Iconic MV Frances Barkley de 1958. Les cyclistes partiront pour
une course épique au long de la route de Bamfield (oui, tout en gravier-mieux adaptée aux vélos tout terrain) pour faire rendez-vous avec le Frances Barkley au pittoresque hameau côtier de Bamfield. Une fois arrivés à destination, les coureurs se verront offrir un délicieux festin au saumon à la plage très prisée Pachena Bay, propriété de nos amis à Huu-ay-aht First Nations.
L’événement part à 7h 00-Iconic/Défi, 8h 00 -Saumoneaux
SWIM - DAY 3 (JULY 3rd, 2017)
Extreme open-water swims begin on beautiful Sproat Lake Provincial Park, which has been the home-base for Coulson's Iconic 1945 Martin Mars Flying Tankers.
Though the 'Phillippine and Hawaii' Water Bombers are 'retired' from active duty, swimmers will see the Bomber Base and/or the iconic Ka-ka'win Petroglyphs, fascinating and intricate stone carvings believed to pre-date modern history.
Event starts at 9:00am.
Les courses extrêmes en eau libre commencent au beau Parc Provincial du Lac Sproat, qui côtoie la base de l’Aviation Coulson et leur iconic bombardier d’eau Martin Mars de 1945.
Malgré la récente mise à la retraite des Mars Phillippine et Hawaii, les nageurs verront la base des hydravions et/ou l’iconic Ka-ka'win Petroglyphs, gravures fascinantes et finement ouvragées, sensées préfigurer notre histoire moderne.
L’événement part à 9h 00.
Frequently Asked Questions
1. WHY IS IT CALLED THE TRI-CONIC CHALLENGE?
Test your true mettle alongside three of Port Alberni's incredible icons, the 1929 Baldwin Steam Train, 1958 MV Frances Barkley Boat and 1945 Martin Mars Water Bomber Plane. Come experience our rich history of working hard to make a living and overcoming adversity.
2. WHO IS HOSTING THIS EVENT?
The Tri-Conic Challenge is an initiative of the Alberni Valley Chamber of Commerce with financial support provided by the Government of Canada through its Canada 150 Funding Program. A list of additionals sponsors can be found here.
3. WHAT DOES IT COST/HOW DO I REGISTER?
Check out the Fees page here for more specific information on registration costs and what registration includes.
Registration is through our Event page on RACEROSTER.COM. There you will be able to find a full pricing breakdown as well as more specific information on bundling your registration.
Registration Packages to be picked up June 30th, 2017 at Port Alberni Multiplex - home of the Alberni Valley Bulldogs Junior A Hockey Team. The 'Pound', as we call it, will also host our Tri-Conic Kickoff Event.
4. CAN I PARTICIPATE IN ONLY ONE/TWO OF THE EVENTS?
Yes! The flexibility of our staged Triathlon allows for participants to choose their own difficulty as well as the choice to completely opt-out of certain events. Feel free to pick a Sprint Swim, Iconic Bike Ride and Challenge run as a example. Or consider forming a team with friends/family/work colleagues and each person can take on one of the events. Team events are all in one category - IE: all Challenge.
5. WHERE CAN I STAY IN THE ALBERNI VALLEY?
Port Alberni is known for its beautiful, warm summers. Consider booking a campsite with one of our partners. Experience the rugged West Coast lifestyle by camping near lakes, rivers, mountains, and giant old-growth forests. We encourage you to BOOK SOON as this is always one of Port Alberni's busiest weekends. Don't be disappointed!
6. Why is the run first and the swim last?
Ah, good question! Two reasons actually. There is a major swim event on Canada Day in the Lower Mainland and those folks have kindly offered to assist us for our swim. They of course would like the opportunity to join us hence the decision to have the swim on July 3rd. Additionally, the Tri-Conic Challenge has morphed from the No. 7 Challenge which is our signature event. We’d like to feature the No. 7 Run on Canada Day itself.
Check out or Shaw TV coverage from the 2016 No. 7 Challenge.
3 Iconic Port Alberni Landmarks
3 Challenging Feats Of AthLeticism
Getting to Port Alberni
The Alberni Valley is located on Central Vancouver Island en route to Tofino and Ucluelet.
Driving? Visitors heading from BC ferries in Nanaimo or Victoria will head North on Highway 19 until the Highway 4 turn-off near Qualicum Beach. Port Alberni is approximately 3 hours from Victoria and 1 hour from Nanaimo.
Flying? Pacific Seaplanes direct daily service to Port Alberni (scenic charter tours also available) http://pacificseaplanes.ca/
KD Air flight to Qualicum Beach and shuttle to Port Alberni. http://kdair.com.
Bus? Tofino Bus Lines operate Island Wide with many daily stops in Port Alberni. http://www.tofinobus.com/
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