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Looking forward to seeing you in Osoyoos next week 9th annual Eastlink Desert Half Iron. I'm just back from working the 70.3 in Quebec and can guarantee the water next weekend will be much warmer than we swam in out there. The 2013 Athlete Guide will be posted shortly.

Registration for the 2013 Eastlink Desert Half Triathlon. Click here to register.

Click here to review the mandatory rollover policy for 2013.

Congratulations to our 2012 Eastlink Desert Half Mens Champion Tom Evans 4:23:59

Congratulations to our 2012 Eastlink Desert Half Womens Champion Janelle Morrison 4:45:29

Click here to view 2012 Race Results.

We are excited to announce our partnership with Eastlink as Title Sponsor of the Eastlink Oliver and Osoyoos Half Triathlons.


Athlete Race Photos will be available from the 8th Annual Desert Half Triathlon.  Click on the Brightroom logo above to be linked directly to this page and view your photos after race day.


Outback Events is proud to present the 8th Annual Desert Half Triathlon and we are looking forward to welcoming back those who have raced with us before and those who will be first time racers with us. The Desert Half is located in Osoyoos, B.C, home  of Canada ’s only true desert, where the race has steadily been gaining recognition as “Canada’s Toughest Half Iron”.

The race course is a Half Iron Distance that consists of a 2km swim, 90km bike and 21km run. An open water swim consists of a 2 loop course in Osoyoos Lake that is described as the warmest lake in Canada.  An epic bike course, out and back, is on the most challenging part of the Ironman course up Richter pass to Cawston where you turn around. The return trip is on the old Ironman Course up the back of the Richter Pass and then into Osoyoos. 

Remember, when you’re on the return trip to look for the Spotted Lake.  This is a rare and natural phenomenon covering 38 acres. It contains extremely high concentrations of minerals such as Epsom salts, calcium and sodium sulfates. In the hot sun, the water evaporates, crystallizing the minerals, forming many white-rimmed circles. These shallow pools reflect the mineral content of the water in shades of blues and greens. It is an amazing site to see!! 

The run is a 2 loop course that has you run while looking at the beautiful scenery of the lake beside you. Remind your family members that you will be running by Legion Beach two times where Jordan Back and all the spectators can be there to cheer you on to your second lap and the highly anticipated finish line.

Please join us in July 2012, to experience first hand Osoyoos B.C. and the Desert Half Iron, “ Canada’s Toughest Half Iron”.


 Here are a few race photos to enjoy:

 Features of the Event Include:

  • Bike the Richter Pass and out to Cawston and back on one of the most challenging & scenic rides in Canada
  • Post-race massage
  • Custom finishers medal
  • Technical race shirt
  • Post race barbeque lunch and family & friends can eat as well (by donation)
  • Showers & change rooms
  • One transition area only (at Jack Shaw Gardens )
  • An abundance of draw prizes including wetsuits, wine, race gear, and more...
  • Prizes for the top 3 in each of the men's and women's age groups.

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