HEART OF THE ROCKIES
CHINOOK TRI FESTIVAL
IRONMAN 70.3 CALGARY
GREAT WHITE NORTH TRIATHLON
HEART OF THE
RED DEER RUN SERIES
Chinook Classic Triathlon History
The Chinook Triathlon was founded by race director extraordinaire Mike Bock in 2004. Having raced every event in Western Canada through the ’80’s-’90’s, Mike wanted to offer Calgary it’s very own Half Distance long course triathlon. Mike, his family and amazing team of volunteers grew the event from a grass-roots triathlon to hosting several Provincial Championships through it’s first fourteen years. The event has generated over $150,000 for local athlete development charities.
The event was purchased in 2018 by Tom Bamford of Platinum Racing. Tom fell in love with the sport as a teenager, entering his first race in 1989. The former race director of the 1994 National Championships he looks forward to book-ending a successful career in the software industry with producing world-class multi-sport events for all ages and abilities. As an age-group athlete Tom has qualified for World Championships at the ITU Olympic, ITU Long Course, Ironman 70.3 & XTERRA distances. He has ripped up the Chinook Half & Olympic courses several times and will have to settle for his race-best 4th place finish now that his energies are focused on delivering athletes a “breath-taking” experience of their own. Clever escape for an aging triathlete.