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Sandkuhl wins category at North Shore Spring Triathlon


The Triathlon season kicked off this past weekend with the annual North Shore Spring Triathlon, with adults swimming 740 metres in the pool, cycling 20 km and running 5 km.

The top Whistler athlete was Greg Sandkuhl, who placed 22 nd overall and first in the men's 65 to 69 age category with a total time of one hour, five minutes and 46 seconds. His best event was the swim where he was 13 th out of the water.

Christine Suter also had a solid day, placing 32 nd overall, seventh among women and third in the women's 40 to 44 age category with a time of 1:07:59. She was also strongest in the swim, completing her laps 27 th overall in 11:35.

Liz Cullen placed fifth in female 25 to 29, boosted by a strong showing on her bike. She finished in 1:14:18, with a two-minute penalty for an infraction on the bike - always controversial for athletes. Without the penalty she could have placed in the top-three.

Karen Blaylock won the women's 50 to 54 category in 1:16:11 with consistent times in all three sports.

Jennifer Leigh was 12 th in female 40 to 44 with a strong bike leg, completing the course in 1:22:40.

Darlene Knapton was 14 th in female 45 to 49 in 1:38:37.

The top Squamish racer was Heather Sidsworth, who placed second in female 60 to 64 in 1:36:13. Andrew Baird of Garibaldi Highlands was seventh in male 20 to 24 in 1:12:40.

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