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Qualicum Beach Triathlon to celebrate 25th anniversary

Event to take place June 25
The 2024 Qualicum Beach Triathlon will be held on June 25. (PQB News photo)

The Qualicum Beach Triathlon will again take place on June 25.

It’s going to be the 25th anniversary of the long-running event that has been making a strong comeback since being adversely impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Organizers are gearing for the event on a positive note as last year, they had close to 400 participants of all ages and skill levels. They hope to have that momentum continue at their anniversary this summer.

The event will kick off with a duathlon at 9 a.m., which consist of a five-kilometre run, a 20.5-km bike ride, and finish with a 2.5-km run.

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This will be followed by the main event, the triathlon which involves a 400-metre swim, a 20.5-km bike ride, and five-kilometre run. This distance will vary for the juniors, youth, novice, rookie and tiny triathletes.

Registration is now open. You can do so by visiting the QBT website at

The organizers also need volunteers, who are crucial to the success of the event. They require a minimum of 50 volunteers to run ensure the triathlon runs smoothly.

​The range of volunteer activities are as follows:

• Pool marshals (3) - assist in the organization of athletes in each of the pool heats.

• Pool lap counters (6) - count the required number of laps for each athlete.

• Transition area marshals (10) - working at the direction of the transition area co-ordinator.

• Transition area security (2) - ensure the safety of triathlon participant equipment.

• Body markers (2) - use felt pen to mark numbers on shoulder and calf.

• Finish line (4) - collect ankle timers. Distribute medals to athletes.

• Race package pickup (6) - working on Saturday, distribute race packages to athletes.

• Cycle route marshals (6) - ensure participants “go the right way” at intersections. No traffic control required.

• Running route marshals (6) - ensure participants “go the right way” at intersections.

• Registration table (3) - race day. Race experience an asset.

• Timing chip registration (2) - Assign anklets to athletes.

For those interested in volunteering their time to help the event, you can get more information and also register at

Michael Briones

About the Author: Michael Briones

I rejoined the PQB News team in April 2017 from the Comox Valley Echo, having previously covered sports for The NEWS in 1997.
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