Frozen Experiences of a Lifetime: Tackle a Winter Triathlon (Ottawa, Ontario; Canmore, Alberta)

The ultimate North American winter bucket list

This young sport may have been denied a spot in the 2014 Sochi Olympics, but that’s not stopping the athletes who complete the grueling run-bike-ski combo races across a snow-covered course each winter. (In some events, the snow-biking leg is replaced by a speed-skating leg.) 

Want to give it a shot? Try Ottawa’s Winterlude Triathlon, held during the Canadian capital’s Winterlude festival each February. This year’s race takes place on February 2, and includes an 8k skate, 5k ski, and 5k run. The race can be run solo or as a co-ed three-person relay team. Another option is the Canmore Winter Meltdown, in the Alberta Rockies. The full-distance race includes a 10k ski, 10k mountain bike, and 5k run, and the novice course cuts the ski and bike distances in half. This year’s race goes on March 31.

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