Zachary Pasquill of Qualicum Beach snatches a cup of water from his father while cycling on Jones Street during the Qualicum Beach Triathlon Sunday, June 25, 2017. — J.R. Rardon photo

Qualicum Beach Triathlon draws nearly 400

20th annual swim, bike, run event held as part of Canada 150 celebration

Nearly 400 competitors, ranging from tykes to senior citizens, took part in the 20th annual Qualicum Beach Triathlon Sunday, June 25, at the Ravensong Aquatic Centre and the recreational park complex.

Participants swam, cycled and ran, either as individuals or in relay teams, over varying distances depending on their age group and skill level.

“We could have gotten maybe 10 or 15 people in, but we’re basically full,” said Jim Powell, vice-chair of the triathlon.

“This year’s kind of special, too, because we’re celebrating Canada 150, and we’re sanctioned by ParticipACTION 150. We got a grant from the Community foundation of Parksville and Qualicum to help us out this year.”

The overall winners for adults were Joel Lutz for the men, the only competitor to break one hour at 59 minutes, 53 seconds, and Teresa Tomchak among women, in 1:13:59.

In the youth competition, for 12- to 17-year-olds, Jakob Mbobela of Qualicum Beach was the top boys finisher in 40:25. Kate Brooks led the girls, in 42:24.

The minors division featured age groups ranging from four to 11 years of age. Eli Rinald (10-11 age group) overcame a slow start in the swim to post the fastest times in both the cycle and to lead the boys in 22:39. Callie Wickman (10-11) was the first girls in 24:21.

The Qualicum Beach Triathlon is organized by a committee of 10 people, who began working on the event in February, said Powell. Another 50 volunteers help out on race day.

“We’re a non-profit society and any of the funds we raise we give back to the groups that support us,” said Powell. Those groups included KSS and Ballenas secondary students who helped set up the day before the event, and other community groups who provide volunteers to help monitor the course and transition area the day of the event.

Results, including relay teams, can be found at www.qualicumbeachtriathlon.com/results.

Just Posted

Bear spotted in Qualicum Beach

Full-grown bear spotted in complex at Berwick and Rupert roads

Canadians on epic journey arrive in Nanoose

Snaw-Naw-As First Nation welcomes participants of Canada C3 voyage

Kwalikum Secondary student back from year in Netherlands

Don’t pass up opportunity to travel with Qualicum Beach Rotary’s help, says Taylor Hunter

Resident slam loud dynamite blasting at Cedar Ridge Estate development

Sleigh feels insulted by Mayor Lefebrve who failed to understand their suffering

RDN creates new service to fund INfilm

Regional district to enter three year agreement with film commision for annual funding of $50,000

VIDEO: Sears liquidation sales continue across B.C.

Sales are expected to continue into the New Year

B.C. NDP convention set for Victoria

Premier, federal leader Jagmeet Singh to add energy

Silver Creek farm search expands north

RCMP were seen collecting evidence three kilometres north of the farm where human remains were found

Qualicum Beach residents discuss long-term vision for community wellness

Three more meetings on topic scheduled for Oct. 24 and 25

VIDEO: Motorcycle catches fire in Nanaimo traffic

Motorcyclist takes fast action to get burning bike off the road along the old Island Highway

Open house features both sides of the issues on Bowser sewage project

New association opposing marine outfall use event to also express their concerns

Nanaimo man assaulted, tied up and robbed at his home

Incident occurred about 7 a.m. Monday, Oct. 23 at a home on Beverly Drive

Parksville draft park plan goes before public

People invited to open house Oct. 28 at Parksville Community and Conference Centre

Most Read