Corner Brook celebrating triathlon weekend

The annual Corner Brook Triathlon is starting up this weekend, and local athletes are getting ready for race day.
The annual Corner Brook triathlon is gearing up this weekend, reports Colleen Connors 1:50

The annual Corner Brook Triathlon is kicking into full gear this weekend, as local athletes prepare for race day.

Kids and adults have been training for the big event, which starts at Glynmill Inn Pond on Sunday..

Athletes will swim laps around the pond and then head up a very steep incline to begin the bike portion of their race.

Pete Ollerhead is getting ready for his race, but he said his favourite part of the weekend is the kid's triathlon that takes place on Saturday.

"That will be a lot of fun. Usually, that's kind of the most fun of the weekend, seeing all the kids get out there and do the best they can," Ollderhead said.

12-year-old Jamie Merrigan usually competes against other kids, but this year she's going to be taking on the adults — including her own father.

"I just wanted to do it because of the Kids of Steel [competition]. I looked at it and saw that I could do all the distances really easily, so I wanted to try something harder," Merrigan said.

She said her dad is looking at some tough competition from her.

Her dad, also named Jamie, said he's proud that his daughter has taken such a keen interest in sports.

"There's no words to describe it. I mean, it's so exciting you watch your kids come up through, and you want them to be involved in the lifestyle," he said.

"This is where you want them to be spending their time, and when it reaches the point that they're asking to do events with you, it's really special."

The Kids of Steel competition is taking place Saturday morning, but registration for the adult competition is Sunday at 7:30 a.m.