Wet weather no challenge for Cowichan Valley triathletes

Usually facing some of the hottest temperatures of the year, participants in the Ceevacs Roadrunners’ Cowichan Challenge Triathlon at Fuller Lake got a bit of a reprieve last Sunday when the Valley received badly needed rain. The drops generally held off during the race itself, but the cloudy weather helped keep things cool.

"This was probably the first year in a long time that we had a bit of rain for this event," race director Julie Langelo said. "We had a little sprinkling when the sprinters went out. It poured after the race, but we were lucky to have it all done by then."

Seventy-eight individuals and 10 teams finished the main event: a 1,000m swim, 34km bike and 9km run; and 82 more individuals and two teams completed the sprint event: a 500m swim, 17km bike and 5km run.

The main event was won by Nanaimo’s Byron Trajan in one hour, 50 minutes and 42 seconds. Duncan’s Jason Sandquist was second at 1:52:23 and took first in the men’s 45-49 division. Paul Auton, also from Duncan, was fourth overall and first in the men’s 35-39 division at 1:54:09.

Suzanne Chandler of West Vancouver was the top female entrant and placed eighth overall with a time of 2:00:33. Jill Ramstead of Duncan was 10th overall and first in the women’s 30-34 division at 2:05:45, and Lesley Hartford of Mill Bay placed 12th overall and first in the women’s 50-54 division at 2:10:10.

Team Lutz came first in the relay at 1:53:44, followed by Cycle Therapy #3 at 2:03:10.

First place in the sprint event went to 16-year-old Jeremy Kissack of Mill Bay with a time of 1:01:53. The top female in the sprint was Emily Clark of Victoria, who was also fifth overall at 1:05:38. Shawnigan Lake’s Robyn Zinkan, 15, was 10th overall and first in the female 0-19 division at 1:09:37.

"Sauce it to me," won the spring relay with a time of 1:14:57.

New to the Cowichan Challenge this year was the kids’ Splash ‘n’ Dash race, a swim and run event for four-to 13-year-olds, organized by Sarah Malerby and Lisa Large.

"It was a fun event, not timed," Langelo said. "They just got in the water and did a swim, then came out and did a run. They all got to finish through the chute and got a medal afterward."

Just Posted

Cowichan Valley Capitals open their 2019 training camp

The Caps are back. The Cowichan Valley Capitals opened their fall training… Continue reading

Indigenous voices to take centre stage at Cowichan Valley festival

From Sept. 7-8, you can listen to Indigenous voices at third annual Koksilah Music Festival

MacDowell rugby camp coming to Cowichan next week

Six Canadian senior rugby sevens players and six U20 players will be… Continue reading

Woman thought she’d die trapped in her backyard shed

Jessica McCauley kept her cool and worked her way out

Play revolves around teenagers in thought-provoking dialect

Chemainus Theatre’s I & You focuses on the development of an unlikely friendship

VIDEO: Title of 25th Bond movie is ‘No Time to Die’

The film is set to be released in April 2020

New study suggests autism overdiagnosed: Canadian expert

Laurent Mottron: ‘Autistic people we test now are less and less different than typical people’

B.C. father tells judge he did not kill his young daughters

Andrew Berry pleaded not guilty to the December 2017 deaths

Trans Mountain gives contractors 30 days to get workers, supplies ready for pipeline

Crown corporation believes the expansion project could be in service by mid-2022

Rosemount cooked diced chicken linked to listeria case in B.C.

The symptoms of listeria include vomiting, nausea, fever, muscle aches

B.C. seniors allowed more choice to stay in assisted living

Province doesn’t need to wait for a complaint to investigate care, Adrian Dix says

Retired B.C. fisherman wins record $60M Lotto Max jackpot

Joseph Katalinic won the biggest Lotto Max prize ever awarded

Island manslaughter suspect found not guilty in Supreme Court

Court accepts accused’s argument of self-defence for 2017 incident in Courtenay

Most Read