Over a dozen local athletes made the trip to the interior this past weekend to take part in the annual Oliver Half Iron, which includes a 2 km swim, a 93 km bike leg and a 21.1 km run. For many athletes the event is a warm-up to the full Ironman distance, but even to get through the Half Iron our locals have been training since at least Christmas break - in some of the hardest spring training weather in years.
The fastest Whistler athlete was Greg Sandkuhl in five hours, 13 minutes and 55 seconds. He placed first in the men's 65 to 69 race and over 10 minutes faster than the next racer in his category. Overall, Sandkuhl was 147 th out of 970 athletes.
Christine Suter placed eighth out of over 80 racers in the women's 40 to 44 race in 5:21:15, as well as 200 th overall.
Marla Zucht placed eighth out of 77 racers in women's 35 to 39 in 5:22:00, and 207 th overall.
Lynda Cowan placed 24 th in the same category in 5:55:22.
Linda Glenday was 42 nd in women's 40 to 44 in 6:15:29.
Taralyn Day was 49 th in women's 30 to 34 in 6:19:07.
Louise Meldgard was eighth in women's 55 to 59 in 6:20:54.
Nicole Waine was 49 th in women's 25 to 29 in 6:30:35.
Mark Lyttle was 93 rd in men's 40 to 44 in 6:48:22.
Gillian Woodward was 64 th in women's 35 to 39 in 6:49:09.
Maridee Fitch was 35 th in women's 50 to 54 in 7:20:19.
Duncan Munro was a DNF, having injured his ankle mountain biking the previous week. He was unable to do the run but did the swim and bike portion. He was 61 st out of the water and 282 nd on the bike.
From Squamish, Timothy Moore placed 11 th in men's 45 to 49 as well as 62 nd overall in 4:53:54, the fastest time for a Sea to Sky athlete.
Volker Schneider was 76 th overall, as well as 18 th in men's 40 to 44 in 4:58:28.
Pierre Jean placed 86 th in men's 40 to 44 in 6:28:23.
Patricia Leslie placed 71 st in women's 35 to 39 in 7:21:05.
Dan Stiner placed 46 th in men's 55 to 59 in 7:24:39.
Complete results are posted online at www.raceheadquarters.com.