MacDonald, Munroe eye triathlon events


NEW GLASGOW — Two local athletes are getting ready for triathlon events in Europe.

Ryan Shaun MacDonald of Alma is competing in a half-ironman world championship triathlon in September in Nice, France, while Clare Munroe of Egerton plans to complete that event after taking part in the International Triathlon Union (ITU) world final in Lausanne, Switzerland.

MacDonald’s 70.3-kilometre combination of swimming, biking and running takes place on September 8. Munroe is in the women’s competition on September 7.

The ITU events are Olympic races conducted over three days from August 29 to 31.

“This will be my fourth half-ironman,” MacDonald said. “I’m planning on doing it next year too.”

Half-ironman triathlons consist of a 1.9-kilometre swim, a 90-km bike ride and a 21.1-km run, or half marathon. MacDonald would like to improve on his 4:30 half-ironman time. He has a personal best time of an hour and 27 minutes in the half marathon.

“The key is being strong, especially the last hour of the run,” he said.

Swimming and cycling have been MacDonald’s strengths over the years, while running is the discipline that requires improvement.

“We’re going into the Pyrennes Mountains for the bike ride, so that’s going to be tough,” he said. “The run is flat.”

MacDonald won his third straight Melmerby Triathlon in July.

Swimming is where Munroe said she needs to improve, while her strength is running.

She had to qualify for the ITU championship event by previously completing an Olympic triathlon in St. George, Utah.

This is her sixth season of world competition. She will turn 50 while she’s in Europe.

“I like training and courses and activities,” she said, referring to the various events she has attended. “There are a few more hills (in Lausanne), but we do have them here.”

From left: Ryan MacDonald and Clare Munroe are preparing for triathlon events in Europe. (Goodwin photo)