The Chase and Race

Element Sports Coaching and Mercury Rising Triathlon are partnering to bring you The Chase and Race!  The event will take place on Saturday, July 4th (Clint’s Birthday!) at Hamsterly Beach and include completing the Victoria 70.3 90km bike course and two times around the lake.  A swim post event is recommended for fun but not included in the timed portion.
Inspired by Black Lives Matter, these events are being organized in support of Right to Play. We have chosen this global charitable organization because they use the power of sport and play to educate children who are facing adversity, poverty and conflict. We are asking for a suggested donation of $20. Please follow the link. 
There are 3 different options to participate in:

  1. The Social:  Ride with 8 of your friends, run if you want – Just be out there safely and have fun.
  2. The Chase (Bike+Run): This is competitive. We will take your total time and identify your ‘handicap’. We will tell you when to go and you ride and run down your team mates. Results will be posted based on your clocked time provided.
  3. The 90-TT: This is a 90km ride done for time. You have between June 27th and July 4th to complete the course. If you would like to complete it on July 4th we will separate you by one minute with the slowest estimated time leaving first.
How it works:
Step 1) Register by June 28th by emailing You must provide the following information:
1. Your name
2. The event you wish to participate in: The Social, The Chase*, The 90-TT
  • The Chase Participants: Please provide your 2019 IRONMAN Victoria 70.3 time (total time with swim, bike, run).
  • The 90-TT Participants: If you would like to do it on July 4th, please provide your estimated time to complete the course. We will stagger the start in groups of 8 with the slowest estimated time first.
  • The Social: Please state no time, just ‘social’.
3. Your Club name  

Step 2) We will contact you by Thursday July 2nd with start times. Start times will be provided to participants in groups of 8 individuals.  There will be 15-20 minutes separating each group. This is being done to abide by Cycling BC and Triathlon BC Guidelines to reduce the number of people congregating in one place and supporting physical distancing measures.  The first individual will start at 7:30am.
Step 3) Race Day July 4th.  Tenille/Clint will be checking off and starting participants. Please DO NOT show up more than 15 minutes before your start time.  We want to limit congregating as much as possible. Also please do not stay to socialize after completing your event. Again this is being done in adherence to Covid-19 Guidelines. 

Step 4) Post a picture or video on social media about how you participated in the Chase and Race, tag @elementsportscoaching and @mercuryrisingtriathlon and use the hashtag #RightToPlay and #inyourelement to encourage others to donate as well. 

Step 5) Upon completion of your bike and/or run, send the following information to 
1.    Your name
2.    Your total bike, transition and run time in 00:00:00 format (or only bike time)
3.    Your data files for verification. (We will only be checking if some discrepancy is noted.)
Once compiled the results will be posted. The reward?  Sheer adrenaline and fun competition

Things to note:  This event is not supported in any way with nutrition or by car. You are entirely responsible for knowing the route and for your personal belongings.  It is recommended that you secure your bike to/in your car during the run portion of the event. It is expected that you ride safely and respectfully and maintain a social distance of 2 meters from others at all times (no drafting!). Further by indicating your participation in this event it is expected that:
  • Each person planning to engage in triathlon / cycling in public is expected to evaluate their health and state of mind prior to departing. In this time of uncertainty, distractions can contribute to accidents. Only ride/run if you are healthy and take extra care; pay attention to your surroundings. 
  • If you have any symptoms of COVID-19 (fever, cough, sore throat, runny nose, headache, or shortness of breath), you should NOT participate in sport. If these symptoms begin during an organized triathlon/cycling activity, you must leave immediately and contact local public health office for recommendations. You must also inform your club and/or personal coach.
In addition, the following individuals should not participate in organized cycling activities:
  • Any person who receives a diagnosis of COVID-19. Individuals must comply with the current mandated self-isolation policy as per the BC Ministry of Health (
  • Any person who has been told to self-isolate.
  • Any person who lives in a home with or has been in close contact with someone with symptoms of COVID-19.
  • Any person who has arrived in British Columbia from outside of Canada within the last 14 days as they are mandated to self-isolate and monitor for symptoms for 14 days upon their arrival.
If you know of people who would like to participate, please tell them to contact