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fall destination races


Fall is an incredible time for race weekends. Holidays at the cot age come to a close, schedules become unshackled, and, coincidentally, some of the sweetest events are on tap. But why set le for a race day drive when you can pile the family into the station wagon, take a road trip and make a weekend or late holiday of your adventure? Herewith, fi ve of the hot est events of the season that are worth padding with a few extra days off work. In fact, I think I feel a cold coming on right now. Ahem.


Subaru Banff International Triathlon September 11, www.triseries.ca


Registration: $125, for individual Olympic course


What it is: The inaugural running of the Subaru Banff International Triathlon with a 1.5 km swim, 40 km bike and 10 km run.


Why go? Must we continue? It is a triathlon. It is in Banff . This triathlon has all the makings of a Canadian classic, and no doubt will be an instant success. The only question that comes to mind is why didn’t they think of this sooner? Located in one of Canada’s most pictur- esque regions, the race includes a swim through Two Jack Lake, and a bike along the stunning Minnewanka Loop Road before fi nishing up with a run straight into booming downtown Banff . But watch out for Caribou!


While you’re there: It just so happens the triathlon is being held while Banff National Park is celebrating its 125th anniversary. Celebrate with a post-race trip to the Banff Upper Hot Springs followed by a quiet trip to the shores of Bow Lake the next morning.


FYI: The hotel partner is the Fox Hotel and Suites (bestof anff .com), but there are plenty of great cabins and chalets to be had including those at Baker Creek Chalets (bakercreek.com).


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Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon September 26, www.torontowaterfrontmarathon.com


Registration: $101.70 for marathon distance


What it is: The Toronto Waterfront Marathon is a Boston qualifi er with a stunning (as well as nice and fl at) route along the city’s lakeshore and through its scenic and very friendly Beach and St. Lawrence Market neighbourhoods where local residents line the route to cheer on and entertain the runners.


Why go? Canada’s top big-city marathon, the Toronto Waterfront Marathon is our New York City or Boston with 23,000 runners from more than 40 countries not only competing, but set ing blazing speeds. Last year, Kenyan marathoner Kenneth Mungara ran the fastest marathon in Canadian history: 2:08:32. That’s fast.


While you’re there: Take your pick, you’re in the heart of cosmopolitan Toronto. But consider a stop at the new and ultra-swanky Thompson Toronto (www.thompsonhotels .com) hotel, home to the new Scarpet a restaurant and a breathtaking rooſt op patio and infi nity pool.


Frontier Adventure Challenge Fall Classic September 25, www.raidthenorth.com Muskoka, Ontario


Registration: $495 per team


What is it: the Sprint Series Championship adventure race of Eastern Canada draws the top adventure racing teams from Ontario, Quebec and beyond in an intense showdown for AR bragging rights. Race includes mountain biking, trekking, paddling and orientation.


Why go: The irresistible combination of a top fl ight, challenging 75-km, 12-hour, unsupported race set in Ontario’s gorgeous cot age country amidst the fall colours is too good to pass up. At press time, 58 teams have already signed on. It’ll be an intense day but the scenery will be breathtaking and the luxurious Red Leaves Resort (www.redleavesmuskoka.com) will give you all the post-race pampering you can handle.


While you’re there: Following race day, grab a kayak and head to nearby Parry Sound for a day on Georgian Bay, one of the fi nest kayaking destinations in the area (www.whitesquall.com).


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