After not running last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Pemberton Aerothlon is set to return to the area on July 17.
This year will mark the fourth time since 2018 that Pemberton will host the three-leg race, which consists of a 10- to 13-kilometre run, 14-km mountain bike loop and a six-km paraglide.
Organizer Peter Chrzanowski discovered the alternative triathlon in Mexico back in 2015, and has since brought the event to the Sea to Sky, Peru and Colombia.
“Pemberton has some of the best paragliding in the world and it has been heralded as such by some of the best paraglide athletes in the world,” he said.
“But I just hope to see us get a bit more participants every year. We’d just like to promote our beautiful sport of flying, and to any athletes that are interested in it, it’s a great way for bikers and runners to discover our sport and for paragliders to get to know more about technical mountain biking.”
The event is open to anybody, and people can sign up for one of three categories: Individual, where each participant does all three events themselves; Team Race, where each person does one event; and Tandem Duo, where one athlete does the run and bike portions themselves, then does the paraglide portion with an experienced paraglide partner.
Despite it being a “very easy flight,” for a racer to sign up in the Individual category, Chrzanowski said people need to be above beginner-level paragliders. Contestants are also encouraged to find their own paraglide pilots for the Team Race category, but the Aerothlon will provide a database of local pilots who may be available for the race.
The entry fee for the race is $100, and comes with a $50 hemp T-shirt from one of the race’s main sponsors.
For more information or to register for the event, go to aerothlon.com or email Chrzanowski at email@example.com.