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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.

 

 
 

STEAM
TRAIN

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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 7:30am - Iconic, 8:00am - Smolts 9:30am, 10:00am Sprint/Challenge

More race day details are available here

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 7h 30-Iconic, 8h 00 -Saumoneaux 9h30 -10 h-Sprint/Défi 

 

Plus de détails sur la journée de course sont disponibles ici

FRANCES
BARKLEY

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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 6:30 am - Challenge/Iconic, 8:00am - Sprint/Smolts

More race day details are available here

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 6h 30-Iconic/Défi, 8h 00 -Saumoneaux

Plus de détails sur la journée de course sont disponibles ici

SPROAT
LAKE

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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.  

More race day details are available here

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.

Plus de détails sur la journée de course sont disponibles ici


RUNNING TIERS

Smolts: 500m
Sprints: 10Km
Challenge: 21.1Km
Iconic: 42.2Km

Biking Tiers

Smolts: 3Km
Sprints: 16Km
Challenge: 90Km
Iconic: 180Km

SWIMMING TIERS

Smolts: 100m
Sprints: 500m
Challenge: 2,000m
Iconic: 4,000m

 

 
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 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.

 

What is the Safety Plan?

We have contracted Life Support Air Medical Services to be on site for all of our events. They will be present at the McLean Mill destination for the Sprint Run and again at the Harbour Quay area which is the destination for the Smolt, Challenge and Iconic "Race the Train" on Saturday, July 1

On Sunday July 2 Life Support Air Medical Services will be on site at Harbour Quay for the start of the Sprint/Challenge/Iconic bike rides at 7:00am and will then follow the riders through to China Creek where the Sprint riders will complete. Once assured that all is well the trained professionals will follow the 'Challenge/Iconic' riders all the way to Bamfield. Their vehicle is a 4 X 4 fully equipped unit that can manage incidents as they arise. Leading the bike ride will be two fully trained and highly qualified people including the former Fire Chief in Port Alberni and a former Paramedic. Many other qualified people are scheduled to be available throughout the bike route and at the end in Bamfield. There is very limited cell service along the Bamfield Road. Our network has accessed radio support and will be able to communicate among ourselves in the event of need. All cyclists will be provided with map access that with the use of a FREE APP will allow you to know where you are at any time. NOTE THAT ALL CYCLISTS WILL BE REQUIRED TO CHECK IN TO EACH WATER/FOOD/SUPPORT STATION ALONG THE ROAD. STATIONS WILL BE LOCATED AT OR VERY CLOSE TO: 

  • Lookout located ~ 15.6 KM from the starting point at Lady Rose Marine Services in Harbour Quay. This lookout is located shortly after the China Creek Marina & Campground endpoint for the Sprint Run.
  • At a point just past the Headquarters Bay turnoff. Exact site will be somewhere between the 37.6 and 37.9 KM marks from the starting point. APPROX 22 KM FROM 1ST CHECKPOINT.
  • At Sarita Lake located at the 58.6 KM mark from the starting point. Nice viewpoints here! This site is located ~ 21KM from the second checkpoint.
  • At the 80KM mark located at the Welcome to Huu-ay-aht Sign near a recent logging area. This location is ~ 22KM from the 3rd checkpoint and is located near the end of the 'gravel' road. Bamfield is located ~ 10km from the Checkpoint. 
  • The end point will be at the Government Dock located to the left down the hill from the STOP SIGN in Bamfield. End point will have food/water/physiotherapy assistance and we'll have your backpacks and personal belongings there waiting for you.
  • The Team Tri-Conic has also booked a motel room for our riders to use for shower purposes and change of clothes. We will ask that riders limit their stay in the motel room to 10 minutes so that all can use the facility. 

On Monday, July 3 the team will be at Sproat Lake Provincial Park and available for any/all needs. In addition that we have Trained Lifeguards under contract that will be in the water ensuring that all swimmers are safe. The on water support will also include the Alberni Valley Rescue Society (Search and Rescue) who will be there with their fully equipped rescue watercraft. Swimmers will be identified by the colour of swim hat which will correspond to the distance choice (100m, 500m, 2000m, 4000m). Our plan is to start with the SMOLT swim at 9:00am and follow shortly afterwards by the 500m. The next race to start will be the 4000m which we expect will start before 9:45am. The 2000m swim will start shortly after that. NOTE: The 4000m swimmers will do the loop twice and will exit the water after the first loop and then re-enter and carry on. 

All three days are supported by professional Physiotherapists who will be set up at Harbour Quay for the Run events, Harbour Quay & Bamfield for the Bike events and again at Sproat Lake Provincial Park for the Swim events. Additionally another local Physiotherapist will be on board the Frances Barkley for the return trip on July 2nd to support any cyclists who may require such services. 

The Safety Plan and other messages will be included in each registration package. We will encourage all to read through the documents to familiarize yourselves with the plan. 

 

Check out or Shaw TV coverage from the 2016 No. 7 Challenge.

 
 
 

3 Iconic Port Alberni Landmarks
3 Challenging Feats Of AthLeticism

 
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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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EVENT SPONSORS

SMOLT
SPONSORS

Sonja Sutton -REALTOR®  Personal Real Estate Corporation  

Sonja Sutton -REALTOR®  Personal Real Estate Corporation

 

Whiskey Creek Christmas Tree Farm

Whiskey Creek Christmas Tree Farm

Eric Matheson - Financial and Investment Planner - RBC Port Alberni

Eric Matheson - Financial and Investment Planner - RBC Port Alberni

R. Anderson & Associates

R. Anderson & Associates

Boutique Belles Amies

Boutique Belles Amies

CBI Rehab in Motion - Port Alberni

CBI Rehab in Motion - Port Alberni

Port Pub and Group of Companies

Port Pub and Group of Companies

SPRINT
SPONSORS

 

Alberni Clayoquot Regional District

Ozzie's Cycle

Ozzie's Cycle

Save On Foods

Save On Foods

Alberni District Co-op

Alberni District Co-op

West Coast Edge ATV Adventures

West Coast Edge ATV Adventures

TYR Sport Inc. 

TYR Sport Inc. 

Pacific Rim Physiotherapy

Pacific Rim Physiotherapy

Sproat Lake Landing

Sproat Lake Landing

My Next Race

My Next Race

Western Forest Products

Western Forest Products

Alberni Communications

Alberni Communications

Alberni Valley Search and Rescue

Alberni Valley Search and Rescue

CHALLENGE
SPONSORS

Uchucklesaht Tribe

Uchucklesaht Tribe

Merrell Shoes

Merrell Shoes

PA Physiotherapy Clinic

PA Physiotherapy Clinic

JAL Designs & Graphics

JAL Designs & Graphics

ICONIC
SPONSORS

Huu-ay-aht Group of Businesses

Huu-ay-aht Group of Businesses

Huu-ay-aht First Nation

Huu-ay-aht First Nation

Westcoast Home Hardware

Westcoast Home Hardware

Walk the Coast



Walk the Coast

Pacific Seaplanes

Pacific Seaplanes

TRICONIC
SPONSORS

City of Port Alberni

City of Port Alberni

Boston Pizza Port Alberni

Boston Pizza Port Alberni

CTV Vancouver Island

CTV Vancouver Island