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The Carleton Cup is the ultimate Canadian triathlon, for a cause—01.26.19

By Hannah Manning on January 23, 2019

Skate. Run. Drink.

The Carleton Cup calls itself the ultimate Canadian trialthon and it’s easy to see why. Celebrating its 30th year, this unique event has racers skate 7km along the historic Rideau Canal, then run approximately 1km through the streets of the ByWard Market where they finish the race by having a drink (alcoholic or otherwise). The skate is an out and back, with volunteers on the canal handing out drink tickets to those who make it as proof of completing that leg of the race.

In addition to being both a fun and challenging event, the race is a fundraiser for Cystic Fibrosis Canada. Racers are encouraged to collect pledges and further support the charity, with a couple of grand prizes up for grabs for the top fundraisers. Not into racing but want to come out for a pint? You’re welcome too!

For anyone who has wondered if they’ve got what it takes to be a triathlete, this might be a great race to start out with. Some racers take it more seriously than others: last year, the male winner finished in 19:38 and the female winner in 28:00. Others take as long as an hour, with the majority finishing around 30-45 minutes. Curious? Check out the Q&A section of the FAQ. Racers are not only allowed but encouraged to get creative.

Beau’s is the official beer sponsor of the event, and when reached by email, Communications Director Jen Beauchesne had this to say about the event: “The Carleton Cup hits all the marks for us – it is raising money for an important cause, and is put on by someone we have worked with before and can rely on to run a great event. Not to mention it’s a metric tonne of fun, happening in one of our favourite cities!”.

See you at the start line!


To guarantee your spot, register online for $20 (plus service fees). Depending on pre-registration numbers, you may be able to register day of at the Aulde Dubliner and Pour House (62 William Street). Doors open at 5pm, reading of the rules takes place at 7pm, and the starting pistol goes off at 7:30pm. Warp Lines will be on stage at 10pm for the after party.