Popular Delta Triathlon to return this spring

The Delta Triathlon is making a comeback.

Delta stopped hosting the popular Ladner event in 2017 due to conflicts with road work, but Delta council agreed this week to hold the race on May 2 this year.

Always a sold-out event for participants, the triathlon had been modified to a Splash ‘n’ Dash (swimming and running only) for its most recent editions, but the revised race will feature all three disciplines.

A city staff report to council notes the redevelopment of Arthur Drive has now significantly progressed to accommodate the cycling component, which would also take place along 44th Avenue, 34B Avenue and 64th Street.

“If approved, all other aspects of the triathlon will remain the same as in past years. In addition, priority will be given to Delta residents for registration. A two week advanced registration period will be provided for all residents of Delta,” the report states.

The Delta Triathlon typically had 350 adult and 120 youth participants as well as over 260 volunteers.

Parks, recreation and culture director Ken Kuntz noted two-thirds of those registered had been Delta residents.

The event will cost the city $45,000.

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