It was this time last year that we were wrapping up an audacious fundraising effort for a new outdoor track here at UofG; over a million dollars was raised to upgrade the outdoor track to an international-class facility. The triathlon community played a significant roll, coming together under the banner of "Guelph Triathlon" to raise over $50k for a 'lane sponsorship'. It was a very inspirational experience, with great community energy, and a feeling that no project or goal was too big with the right people and the will to see it through. Head coach Dave Scott-Thomas and the group of volunteers who spearheaded the effort did an incredible job.
The track was completed in the fall, and will be open for business this spring, with the Speed River Inferno track meet on May 28th, 2013. Mark your calendars and be sure to come out for some fast racing.
In the meantime, here are a few pictures of the new track, including lucky lane #7, the Guelph Triathlon lane. It's the only track I know of with "Triathlon" stenciled right into the rubber, and a lasting reminder a community that came together to support this project. Thank you.