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Changes afoot in Whistler’s triathlon community

Whistler X Triathlon
Racers hit the water for the first leg of the Whistler X Triathlon earlier this year at Lost Lake Park

Heading into 2022, the Whistler X Triathlon will be under new leadership.

Dale Tiessen, founder and director of the triathlon for the three years it’s been running, is stepping aside and handing the reins to Kristian Manietta, who has helped Tiessen organize the event since its inception and also organizes the Comfortably Numb Trail Race.

According to Tiessen, this change brings with it an exciting new opportunity for the Whistler X Triathlon.

“I’m actually really excited that Kristian is taking it on,” he said. “He’s taking it … into a more professional domain and is really trying to expand the event and make it into a full weekend festival and really [hoping to] entice broader, more diverse participation.”

However, this doesn’t mark the end of Tiessen’s involvement in the town’s triathlon community, as he is moving into a new position as president of the Whistler Triathlon Club.

While he doesn’t have any major changes to the club in mind, Tiessen says this is the year the club returns to business as usual, with coached swimming classes happening each week at Meadow Park and coached cycling classes hosted virtually for now. For more information on how to get involved, visit whistlertriclub.com.

As for the Whistler X Triathlon, the date is set for June 12 and registration is now open. Visit whistlertriathlon.com for more info.