Lorin Inglis has been swimming in Lake Windermere’s clear waters and running the trails in the area for a long time. So when he contemplated starting a new race, there was no doubt in his mind he wanted it to be in the Columbia Valley.
“It’s just such a beautiful area,” Mr. Inglis says. “When you get into the water or out on the land, it really has the power to bring you closer to nature. It removes some of the separations we can feel with our busy lives. If you view yourself as a part of the natural world then it’s easier to recognize a reciprocal ethic to nature.”
The first Lake Windermere Aquathlon takes place August 3rd and 4th. The aquathlon, which includes a lake swim and foot race, stands out for its off-road trail run, Mr. Inglis notes.
It’s not your typical road race. The trails are on the Akisq’nuk First Nation land and they’ve been gracious enough to open this up to us for this event,” he says. The trail gains elevation over Lake Windermere, leading to stunning views of the Valley.
There is also a trail-run only option, as well as a family category and a relay choice.
“It’s going to be a whole lot of fun, and a good challenge,” he says. “It’s an event that’s meant to be inclusive and open to everybody.”
Participants have registered from close to home, down to Cranbrook, over to Kelowna, Kamloops, Airdrie, Victoria, and even a couple coming from Maryland, USA.
The Lake Windermere Aquathlon will be supporting Ktunaxa language restoration through the event.
“There is an incredibly rich, interesting and unique culture right here in the Columbia Valley and that is something we want to recognize and celebrate through with this event,” Mr. Inglis says.
The event is capped at 400 racers. Mr. Inglis, who regularly participates in the Heart of the Rockies Triathlon and Loop the Lake, urges racers to sign up for this new event as part of their summer race itinerary, and for new participants to step up to the race line too.
For more information or to register, see https://www.lakewindaqua.com.