Despite slow registration, athletes came out in big numbers for the annual Whistler Kids of Steel Triathlon and adult Try-a-Tri on Saturday, May 23, no doubt encouraged by the best weather in years.
The Whistler Triathlon Club hosted the event, with sanctioning from Triathlon B.C., and the field included participants from throughout Sea to Sky, as well as Lillooet and Washington State.
The Kids of Steel race was first off the blocks.
In the girls 8 to 9 age group - 100 metre swim, 4 km bike and 1 km run - Jennifer Lafreniere placed first in 22:45, winning the run stage by a minute and a half. Sarah Fedder of Vancouver was second in 24:12, and Mila Wittenberg of Whistler was third in 25:28. Also from Whistler, Hailey Harkins and Aoife Gannon were sixth and seventh.
In 8 to 9 boys, Alec Coleman of West Vancouver was first in 21:37, followed closely by a trio of Whistler athletes - Michael Murdoch in 21:41, Fraser Doak in 22:11 and Sam Johnston in 22:26. Other Sea to Sky athletes were Troy Rozsypalek in fifth place, Adam Klimchuk-Brown sixth, Jack Forsyth eighth and Eric Smith ninth.
In the girls 10 to 11 age group - 100 metre swim, 4 km bike and 1 km run - Whistler's Gabby Smith was first in 23:31, followed by Makenna Bailey in 23:35. Shondra Martin of Squamish was third in 24:19. Other Sea to Sky finishers were Isobelle Williston in fourth, Nicole Deally in fifth and Steffi Denroche in sixth.
In the boys 10 to 11 age group Max Elliott of Whistler was first in 18 minutes and 34 seconds. Whistler's Nolan Welsh was slightly slower in the swim and on his bike, but had the fastest run time to place second in 19:00. Eli Chappell of Squamish was third in 19:19. Other local athletes were Finn Iles in fifth, Connor Toop in sixth, Gabriel Matteau Rushbrook in eighth, Zachary Davis in 10 th and Chase Velenosi in 12 th .
In 12 to 13 year old girls - 300 metre swim, 10 km bike and 3 km run - Grace Thompson of West Vancouver placed first overall in 46:44 with the best time in the swim and bike. Lauren Doak of Whistler was second in 50:23, placing second in the pool and on her bike and then first on the run. Keara Kimchuk-Brown of Squamish was third in 1:04:01, with Gabe Velenosi of Whistler trailing in fourth.
In 12 to 13 boys, Tyler Welsh of Whistler was first in 52:58, placing second on the swim and first biking and running. Rowan Doherty of West Vancouver was second in 44:36, and Whistler Taylor Derynck was third in 48:46.