Competitors had to swim, bike and run during each event (Corey Bullock/Kimberley Bulletin)

Sun shines on the Wasa Triathlon

Over 700 participants competed in the Wasa Triathlon this past weekend

The Wasa Triathlon took place this past weekend with hundreds of participants from ages four and up competing in several different levels of events.

Event organizer, Charlie Cooper says there were approximately 550 adults who competed on Sunday, and around 200 participating in the tri-kids races on Saturday.

“There was a decent size turnout which makes for a really good atmosphere,” said Cooper. “[The triathlon] went really well on many different levels. All of the participants crossed the finish line safety, which is important, and there was a lot of hard work from everyone.

“I think all of the participants were really happy, particularly with the conditions, you know, Sunday was a beautiful day.”

Cooper says he is grateful for all of the 250 volunteers who chipped in and made the event possible.

“I want to extend a huge thank you to all of the volunteers who helped [from Thursday to Sunday],” said Cooper. “The number of people who help out really makes the triathlon special, and everyone chips in so much, which allows the event to happen.”

TriKids Race Director, Barb Fode says she offers a triathlon training program to help prepare first time and experiened athletes to build up towards completing the Wasa event.

“This year even some of our newbies hit the podium,” said Fode.

She is also the organizer and Head Coach for the local triathlon club, Tri4Success.

In the standard event, which involved a 1500 metre swim, 40 kilometre bike and a 10 kilometre run, for ages 18 and up, Shawn Wilyman came in first with a total time of one hour, 53 minutes and 46 seconds. In second came Robert Johnson with a total time of two hours, two minutes and three seconds, and in third came Eric Dokter with a total time of two hours, six minutes and three seconds.

In the sprint event, which involved a 750 metre swim, 20 kilometre bike, and five kilometre run, for ages 16 and up, Joel Wilkinson came in first, completing the challenge in one hour, eight minutes and seven seconds. Holger Bohm came in a close second with a total time of one hour, eight minutes, 30 seconds, and in third was Drew Freeman, with a total time of one hour, nine minutes and 13 seconds.

In the Super Sprint event, which involved a 400 metre swim, 12 kilometre bike, and a three kilometre run, for ages 16 and up, Greg Nixon placed first with a total time of 49 minutes and 24 seconds. In second came Aspen Cooper at 50 minutes, seven seconds, and Morgan Crilly placed third at 50 minutes and 19 seconds.

The tri-kids races were held on Saturday with six different races for ages four to 15 with distances depending on age group.

In the 14 to 15 year-old category, Patrick McCloy placed first with a total time of 42 minutes and 40 seconds. In second was Julia Tillman with a total time of 44 minutes and 24 seconds, and in third placed Fiona Leithead with a total time of 44 minutes and 53 seconds.

In the 12 and 13 year-old category, Sasha Norman came first with a total time of 41 minutes and 38 seconds. In second was James Ryerson with a total time of 45 minutes, 38 seconds and Eric Ryerson came in third with a total time of 46 minutes, four seconds.

In the 10 to 11 year-old category Ashlyn Mack came in first with a total time of 30 minutes, three seconds. Nate Robinson placed second completing the event in 31 minutes and eight seconds and in third was Tom Reinhardt with a total time of 31 minutes, 48 seconds.

In the 8 and 9 year-old category Finn Bohm placed first with a total time of 24 minutes and 44 seconds. In second place was Holden Tidswell, completing the challenge in 25 minutes, 50 seconds and Dawson Abraham placed third with a total time of 27 minutes, 43 seconds.

For the 6 and 7 year-olds, Kye Taggart came in first, completing the event in 11 minutes, 54 seconds. In second was Brodie Dand with a total time of 11 minutes and 57 seconds, and in a close third was Ben Loftsgard with a total time of 11 minutes, 58 seconds.

Finally, in the four and five year-old category, Jett Baker came in first with a total time of 14 minutes, 32 seconds. Elliot Aston placed second with a total time of 14 minutes, 51 seconds, and in third came Isabella Wilkinson who completed the event in 15 minutes, 14 seconds.

To see the full results visit startline, click on recent events, and choose the Gerick Sports Wasa Triathlon, or the Gerick Sports Wasa TriKids.


Gerry and Laura after their first triathlon (Barb Fode file)

Some of the many competitors who ended up on the podium (Barb Fode file)

Members of the local triathlon club Tri4Success (Barb Fode file)

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