Duncan duo wins Cowichan Challenge

Duncan athletes topped the field in the main event at the Cowichan Challenge Triathlon at Fuller Lake on July 13, while a brother and sister from Ladysmith had the top men’s and women’s sprint times.

Jason Sandquist finished first among male athletes in the main event, completing the 1,000m swim, 34km bike and 9km run in one hour, 48 minutes and 10 seconds. Jill Ramstead had the top time among female athletes at 2:04:24, which was also the ninth-best time overall.

Cameron Chanin and his sister, Courtney, finished 1-2 in the sprint race to put up the best men’s and women’s results. Cameron completed the 500m swim, 17km bike and 5km run in 1:03:35, while Courtney came in at 1:05:26.

“The race went off really well,” race director Julie Langelo said. “We had lots of fantastic volunteers which always helps. I think [race day] was the hottest day this year so far. We had to have a non-wetsuit swim as the water temperature was 26 degrees, way up from the 22 degrees cutoff [under Triathlon BC rules], as the swimmers can overheat. We have never had to pull the wetsuit swim in the history of the event.”

Participation was down slightly from 2013, Langelo said, but the event attracted many first-timers. There were 88 participants in the in main event solo race, and 81 in the sprint solo, along with eight teams in the main relay and seven in the sprint relay.

The main relay was won by Cycos, while the sprint relay was won by Team Penn.