Monday, September 03, 2012

Olympic gold medalist Rosie MacLennan to compete in Alberta's Subaru Banff Triathlon



Rosie MacLennan, Canada's sole gold medal winner at the London 2012 Olympics, will be traveling to Alberta's Banff National Park this week. The 24-year-old from Ontario, a trampoline gymnast, will be testing her mettle in a different series of sports in the third annual Subarua Banff Triathlon on Saturday, September 8, 2012.

The triathlon features more than 800 athletes, including Olympians Brent McMahon (triathlon), Lisa Mensink (triathlon), Joshua Riker-Fox (modern pentathlon) and Alison McKenny (synchonized swimming). They'll be competing alongside MacLennan as individuals or team relay members in three possible distances: Olympic, Sprint and Super Sprint. MacLennan will compete on a relay team in the Super Sprint distance.

For the first time, the Sprint distance triathlon will be the qualifying race for the 2013 World Sprint Championship that will take place in London, England. The Banff triathlon is the last one of the annual Subaru Western Triathlon Series. Venues include swimming in Two Jack Lake, biking around Minnewanka Loop and finally running along the Bow River to the finish line on Banff Avenue.

MacLennan will bring her gold medal to Banff National Park and will visit with local students as well as share her Olympic stories and provide inspiration to the young athletes in the area.