Sixteenth Fort St. John Triathlon a solid success

Conditions were perfect for this year’s Pomeroy Inn and Suites Fort St. John Triathlon and Duathlon. Around 80 participants put their best foot forward under a hot, sunny sky, and organizers were satisfied overall with this year’s event, the 16th time it’s been run.

One of the organizers Sandy McDonald said putting on a race of its size is a lengthy process that requires the cooperation of a number of parties.

“A lot goes into it. We start out with online registration that we need to put together, getting sanctioned by Triathlon B.C., getting electronic timing, and coordination with the RCMP. It’s a lot of coordination that has to happen,” she said.

Next year’s event has a lot of question marks. The current batch of leaders would like to step out of their current roles so they can participate in the race, and with that new volunteers are needed to fill the void.

“Our current race director and our coordinators, we’ve done this for four years and now we’d like to move on to race as well because we don’t get to participate. We are looking for a new group of people to step in and put some energy into the race and take the next step with it,” she said.

Third place finisher in the long course went to former Fort St. John resident Eric Entwistle. The biggest hurdle he had to face was not his inexperience as it was the first time he competed in the distance, but rather the heat outside.

“I think I did well in all categories. The run was probably the biggest challenge with the heat. The course was good. It was nicely laid out. My expectations were to just have fun. I don’t have much to compare it to considering this is my first at this distance.”

Below are the top three finishers from each of the overall races:

Long course overall

1. Lukas Brand – 1:25:10

2. Quinton Du Preez – 1:25:30

3. Eric Entwistle – 1:29:03

Short course overall

1. Kristine Bock – 45:43

2. Engela Brand – 50:33

3. Ryan Stare – 52:54

Duathlon overall

1. Caleb Bromba – 1:22:41

2. Wendy Giesbrecht – 1:26:33

3. Brad Brain – 1:35:36

Long course teams overall

1. Splash, Flash, and Dash – 1:34:04

2. Sound in Town – 1:37:15

3. Say Whaaaaat? – 1:37:52

Junior short course overall

1. Jordan Fairlie – 47:17

2. Josh Telizyn – 48:29

3. Emily Shaw – 50:06

The results in full can be found by clicking here.

Anyone wanting to contribute to next year’s race is asked to send an email to Sandy McDonald at sandra.mcdonald@me.com