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Solid turnout for Kids of Steel, adult Try-A-Tr

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By Andrew Mitchell

The rain held off for most of the younger runners but made the roads a little slick for the adult start, as the Whistler Triathlon Club hosted the third annual Kids of Steel triathlon and inaugural adult Try-A-Tri on Saturday morning.

Numbers were solid, with close to 80 kids and 41 adults taking part. Dozens of volunteers and sponsors also donated their time and money to the event. The triathlon club’s goal is to get more people involved in triathlons, build the events, and build the capacity of the community to be able to host some longer distance events.

The winner of the Adult Try-A-Tri was an experienced triathlete, newly moved to Whistler from Brisbane to work on the Nordic Centre facilities. Ben Hann swam the 300 metres in 4:36, biked 14 km in 33:41, and ran 4 km in 17:08 for a total time of 55:25. Hann said he was using the event to train for upcoming triathlons, including the provincial championships.

Second place belonged to Justine Boulin of Coquitlam in 57:55, following a 8:29 swim, a 34:14 bike and blistering 15:12 run — averaging a kilometre every 3:48.

Melanie Day also had a solid race, placing third overall. The swim was her strongest event, with 12 lengths of the pool in 5:28. Her bike was 35:42, and run 19:17 for a total time of 1:00:27.

In the Kids of Steel, the fastest time belonged to Whistler Secondary student Stephen Chelli, who swam 500 metres, biked 14 km and ran 4 km in a total time of 56:47 to place first in 16 to 18 age category. The next fastest time went to Pemberton’s Kai Riess in the 14 to 15 age group, with a time of 59:12.

Only a handful of girls competed that were older than 13, but on the full length course the win went to Marlin Beswetherick in the 14 to 15 category with a time of 1:21:23.

For kids 12-13 — who raced a 300 metre swim, 10 km bike and 3 km run — the fastest boy was Sean Macdougall of Vancouver in 40:59, and fastest girl was West Vancouver’s Sofi Leroux in 45:11. Kerry-Anne Hamilton was the fastest Whistler racer in 1:03:09.

For kids 8 to 9 —100 metre swim, 4.5 km bike and 1.5 km run — the top female was Whistler’s Gabrielle Smith 28:53 and the top male was Nolan Welsh in 27:23. In the 10 to 11 group, which raced the same distance, Victoria’s Natassja Marc was the top female in 23:38, and Whistler’s Nolan Welsh was the top male in 22:26.

 

Age Category Results

Try a Tri

Women’s 19 to 24

1. Justine Boulin — 57:55

2. Trish Epplett — 1:11:10

Women’s 25 to 29

1. Melanie Day — 1:00:27

2. Kati Schomaker — 1:07:48

3. Heather Morgan — 1:20:18

Women’s 30 to 34

1. Karin Kafkova — 1:07:50

2. Tami Mitchell — 1:10:16

3. Stephanie Forsyth — 1:11:01

Women’s 35 to 39

1. Jodie Hopkins — 1:11:39

2. Shanon McMillan — 1:12:08

3. Kasi Lubin — 1:14:06

Women 40 to 44

1. Joan Denroche — 1:02:42

2. Debbie Welsh — 1:06:09

3. Linda Sambell — 1:08:15

Women’s 45 to 49

1. Myrna Iaconetti-Bush — 1:06:56

2. Leah Whitworth — 1:07:55

Women 55 to 59

1. Suzanne Bilodeau — 1:20:54

Men 25 to 29

1. Michael Benedetto — 1:04:42

2. David Cope — 1:11:07

Men 30 to 34

1. Ben Hann — 55:25

2. Peter Mahony — 1:05:40

3. Scott Bailey — 1:06:01

Men 35 to 39

1. Grant Morrison — 1:08:14

2. Garret Gentle — 1:09:22

3. Shane Bondy — 1:24:48

Men 40 to 44

1. Doak Crosland — 1:05:38

2. Blaser Stewart — 1:05:46

3. Glenn Iles — 1:14:27

Men 50 to 54

1. Daniel Nocente

 

Kids of Steel

Girls 8 to 9

1. Gabrielle Smith — 28:53

2. Noelle Krasny — 30:03

3. Meghan Marof — 36:38

Boys 8 to 9

1. Nolan Welsh — 27:23

2. Isiah Smith — 28:28

3. Anders Farr — 29:27

Girls 10 to 11

1. Natassja Marc — 23:38

2. Sierra Farr — 25:48

3. Lauren Doak — 26:12

Boys 10 to 11

1. Tyler Welsh — 22:26

2. Rhys Verner — 24:00

3. Marc Leroux — 24:34

Girls 12 to 13

1. Sofi Leroux — 45:11

2. Sarah Look — 50:22

3. Kerry-Anne Hamilton — 1:03:09

Boys 12 to 13

1. Sean Macdougall — 40:59

2. Sam Morris — 41:19

3. Trevor Marc — 45:01

Girls 14 to 15

1. Marlin Beswetherick — 1:21:23

2. Bria Darlington — 1:25:49

3. Annik Tetreault — 1:26:23

Boys 14 to 15

1. Kai Riess — 59:12

2. Jacob Whitworth — 1:23:31

3. Nico Arnason — 1:24:01

Girls 16 to 18

1. Kayleigh Robertson — 1:05:39

Boys 16 to 18

1. Stephen Chelli — 56:47

2. Brett Kelly — 1:05:54

3. David Kolvek — 1:14:21

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