hlG̱a hlḵ’aats iihlangaa / Agate Man Triathlon
Haida Gwaii Regional Recreation Commission’s hlG̱a hlḵ’aats iihlangaa / Agate Man Triathlon is a predominantly volunteer-led sporting event that began in 1993 in Masset. The course includes a 500m swim in Pure Lake in Naikoon Provincial Park, followed by a 20km cycle into the Village of Masset, and a 6km run to finish that goes through the Delkatla Wildlife Sanctuary. The event is held mid-August each year and has been well-attended by local residents.
Course Map by Jen Bailey (2021)
Ben Davidson Family Relay
Ben was an avid participant and supporter of the Agate Man. He donated the Sea Grizzly design and was often competing with his children. His sudden passing last in summer 2020. The Commission agreed that there was no one more worthy of the 2020 Agate Man title than Ben. We wish to acknowledge all his past efforts to support this event and highlight the impact he still has today.
In 2021, we had five (5) families entering our Team Relay, with children as young as 3 years. Proceeds from these entries will be given to a charitable organization with an emphasis on supporting Youth Mental Health, at the request of Ben’s family. In 2022, we will formally introduce the “Ben Davidson Family Relay” category for the event, including prizes, medals and youth shirt sizes to further welcome all ages. HG Rec is committed to enhance year-round programming opportunities for youth to train in swimming, biking, and running in preparation. Proceeds from the family teams that enter the race will continue to be donated back to the community.
Ben’s legacy in this event will undoubtedly help to inspire new young athletes, bring families together in fun and sport, and go even further to support important youth mental health initiatives. Haawa to Ben’s family and friends for their assistance, guidance, and on-going support. Haawa to Ben, Agate Man 2020, who’s memory continues inspire and bring us all together.
Results: September 18, 2021
Kiki van der Heiden
1st Place Men’s Solo: Gordon Clark
1st Place Women’s Solo: Christine Cunningham
1st Place Relay Team: Cal Westbrook, Jason Skidmore, Michael McQuade
Hawa’a – Haawa – Thank You to our Sponsors
We couldn’t do it without our local sponsors! The funds and prizes donated from our annual sponsors help to cover basic expenses related to hosting the event. Funds go back to the athletes and our volunteers in the form of subsidies for their Limited Edition t-shirts, post-race BBQ, prizes and medals, and more.
Looking to be a sponsor next year? Send an inquiry to firstname.lastname@example.org