Kamloops Triathlon Club president Joshua Laye said recent results prove the sport is alive and well in the city.
“People have been doing better,” he said. “We would really love to promote triathlon in the city. Kamloops has some really strong athletes.”
Yvonne Timewell clocked in at 5:07:24 to place first among 73 women in the 50- to 54-year-old category at Ironman 70.3 Hawaii, a race on June 1 that included a 1.93-kilometre swim, 90.1-kilometre bike ride and 21.1-kilometre run.
She placed 11th overall among 459 women, 76th overall among 1,492 competitors and qualified for the Ironman World Championships, which will be held in Hawaii on Oct. 12.
Five Kamloops athletes posted top-three times in their divisions at the Oliver Half Iron, an event on June 2 that included a two-kilometre swim, 89-kilometre bike ride and 21-kilometre run.
Kaileen McCulloch posted a time of 4:42:50 to place first overall among 105 women and first in the 25- to 29-year-old female division.
Vincenzo Cavaliere (5:28:09) and Martine Cyr (5:47:11) won gold in the men’s 55- to 59-year-old and women’s 50- to 59-year-old categories, respectively.
Melissa Lowenberg (5:11:15) earned silver in the female 45- to 49-year-old division and placed fourth overall among women.
Marianne Butcher (5:50:42) placed second in the women’s 50- to 54-year-old category.
Christopher Orr (5:18:37), Periklis Vitoratos (6:38:08) and Mark Faubert (6:40:27) also reached the finish line in Oliver.
Kate Stebbings and Brad Batter earned top-10 finishes in their respective divisions in the Ironman 70.3 Victoria on June 2.
Stebbings recorded a time of 5:21:15 to place second in the female 55- to 59-year-old division. Batter was ninth in the men’s 55- to 59-year-old category, with a time of 5:04:19.
Also finishing the race in Victoria were Dawson Freeze (5:24:35), Bob Sayer (6:19:12), Jillian Harnett (7:31:10), Tyler Boice (7:31:11) and Chris Whyte (8:06:53).
For more information on the club, go online to trytri.org.