Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Stratford Olympian competes in Fundy adventure race

Stratford Olympian competes in

Fundy adventure race



Published on September 14, 2011
Stratford’s Kara Grant was the top female at a recent adventure race in New Brunswick.

Touted as the most gruelling race in Atlantic Canada, 100 athletes from Atlantic Canada and the Northeastern U.S. competed in the Fundy Highlands to Ocean (H2O) Adventure Race in Fundy National Park this weekend.

The triathlon portion included a one-kilometre swim at Bennett Lake, a 14-km mountain bike or 35-km road bike, and finished off with a 11-km trail run through the park’s rugged coastal trail.

“The competition is shaping up to be the ultimate test for even the most seasoned athlete,” said Matt Smith, race director. “It’s not recommended for beginner athletes because it’s a tough race due to the park’s challenging terrain.’’

Organizers theorize the race’s popularity growth is attributed to the stunning landscape, challenge of each race segment and of course the tasty lobster offered at the banquet.

Grant, the top female competitor for the road bike triathlon category with a time of 2:36:53, said she had fun.

“Great race once again,’’ Grant said. “All the P.E.I. folks are raving and I’m sure as word continues to spread your numbers will continue to increase as well.’’

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