Let me see if I got this right.
The annual New Year’s Day race over the Sooke River bridge had to be discontinued because it was illegal to close any part of a main highway.
The highway can’t be closed for 20 minutes at the Sooke River bridge so a group of locals can participate in an annual race but it can be closed for three to five hours over 40 km of highway so that people from somewhere else can have a race.
Has the law changed or is there a double standard that is not in favour of long-time Sooke people?
I don’t want to take away from the triathlon, which I think is an exciting thing for Sooke, but I think the highway closure was a bit too much.
My perception of the race is that the cycling part is disproportionately longer than the swimming and running portions of the race.
I hope next year’s race can be adjusted to involve less traffic disruption.