With just under 600 competitors in the field, the 19th annual Quality Foods Qualicum Beach Triathlon was a hit once again. Triathletes were drawn from all over B.C. to participate in the well-known event.
The event kicked off on Sunday, June 28, with the minor age group (8-11) getting the triathlon started in the pool.
Then, it was the youth (ages 12-17) group’s turn to begin their race, followed by the adult (18+) group. Finally, the Tiny Tri (ages 4-7) finished off the day.
The minor track consisted of a 100-m swim, 4.5-km bike and 1-km for the run. First place overall finish for the minor boys was Carl-Philip Leipoldt, with a time of 18:24, while Jamie Harker was first to cross the line for the girls with a time of 18:57. Harker was also second overall.
The first place minor team, The Silver Bullets, came in with a time of 22:51.
The youth circuit had a 200-m swim, 9-m bike ride and a 2.5-km run. Danielle Leipoldt captured first overall in the youth division with an overall time of 27:14. Anton Cecic was the first male across the line, and fourth overall, with a time of 28:33.
The first group across the line for the youth division was Olivia Williams, Ella Horton and Catalina Magana, who called themselves Splash, Flash and Dash, with a time of 31:12.
In the adult division, which consisted of a 400-m swim, 19-km bike and 5-km run, Derek Frohloff was the first competitor to cross the finish line with a time of 57:14. Suzanne Chandler was the first female to finish the race, and fourth overall, with a time of 59:28.
The group Radioactive was the first adult team to cross with a time of 1:00:19.
Also in the adult division, Auren Ruvinsky of The NEWS wrapped up his first triathlon with a time of 1:27:19.