QB triathlon a great success

600 competitors drawn to this year’s annual event in late June

Auren Ruvinsky finishes strong at the 19th annual Quality Foods Qualicum Beach Triathlon.

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.

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