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Family-run triathlon encourages activity for all

May 23, 2017

The Tri-Smore Triathlon, created by Stephen and Niki Johnson, encourages people of all ages and abilities in their home community of Strathmore and beyond to “try some more.” This year’s race day is June 24, 2017.

“We try to remove the barriers to people getting active,” Niki says. “We don’t want people to feel like they can’t participate [where they wouldn’t qualify for a sanctioned triathlon]. This is for fun.” The races are split into five categories: Mega Smore (with Olympic distances), Full Smore, Half Smore, Quarter Smore (ages 9-13), and Two-bite Smore (eight and under).

The couple founded Tri-Smore seven years ago after Niki developed a passion for triathlon racing. “I believe in providing an example and providing these opportunities for my children,” says the mother of seven. “We’d be travelling to these other towns in Alberta to participate in family triathlons.”

“I thought if Magrath could pull it off, so could Strathmore.” Dorward & Company Chartered Accountants, Stephen’s firm, is among the sponsors of Tri-Smore.

Tri-Smore emphasizes its accessibility to all people. They’ve had a woman complete the cycling portion on a recumbent bike due to a car accident and runners with prosthetic limbs. The eldest competitor to date was an 80-year-old woman wanting to complete her Bucket List, and the youngest was a two-year-old boy competing alongside his parents – tricycling, walking, and while his mom completed the swim he rode on her back.

Families will often complete the Tri-Smore as a team. Last year included a multigenerational family, where the grandfather swam, his daughter biked, and his grandson ran.

Watching these people cross the finish line for the first time is a heartwarming experience for Niki. “It’s so empowering. Triathlons sound scary, but anyone can do it.”

One of Niki’s favourite stories from race day’s past was of a 7-year-old boy running the Two-Bite Smore who’d been in remission from cancer. “It was a really pivotal moment in his family’s life. They got to see him be strong after being so weak. If he could do this, cancer’s not going to be an issue.”

The Johnson family in its entirety will be able to participate in Tri-Smore this year, now that the youngest three – eight-year-old triplets – know how to swim.


Registration cut-off is June 19. To register for any of the Tri-Smore levels, click here! Race package includes a t-shirt, a homemade smore at the end of the race, and smore-shaped medals (all racers receive a medal automatically).
Niki says the Tri-Smore wouldn’t be possible without volunteers. Click here to join the team!
Click here to learn about Dorward & Company.
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