Elizabeth Lyles cools herself off while running in the Challenge Penticton Long course distance last year. Challenge Penticton has nearly 500 athletes competing in this years event set for July 23. Western News file photo

Challenge Penticton attracts field of nearly 500 triathletes

A $15,000 CDN pro prize purse up for grab in Challenge Penticton

With all the attention on the International Triathlon Union (ITU) Multisport World Championship Festival, it can be easy to over look Challenge Penticton.

The triathlon is still taking place, a month earlier with nearly 500 taking on the Challenge July 23.

“I think athletes are excited that we’re doing it. I think a lot of people expected us fully to not do the event this year,” said race director Michael Brown. “I felt it important to not only the community, and obviously for the economy, that we’re still bringing close to 500 athletes to town.”

Related: Penticton triathletes win 2016 Challenge Penticton long course

Included in that total are about 10 professionals. This year’s event features the standard distance of a 1.5 kilometre swim, 45-km bike and 10.5-km run, the half distance of 1.9-km/90-km/21.1-km, the half relay of the same distance as the half and the aqua bike, a 1.9-km swim and 90-km bike.

The pro’s will have a CDN $15,000 prize purse to chase. Among the pros are Mackenzie Madison and Nathan Killam.

“The event is going to be as fierce and as competitive as it always is,” he said. “We’re excited to have a pro race. We feel it’s important to offer pro prize money. These pro athletes don’t always have an opportunity to make money. We’re happy to give them that opportunity.”

Brown said there is a really good vibe about the event this year.

“We have a ton of athletes that are coming to train during that week,” said Brown, adding that many entered the Peach Classic Triathlon on Sunday, then stay this week to train.

Challenge has really good local age-group athletes, some on the verge of becoming pros, or were, he added.

Brown said Challenge Penticton is a complement to the ITU. It’s their intention to make sure the event was used as a test event. They will use many of the same volunteers, and captains. He said it’s not very the chance arises to run an event on the same race course they will use six weeks later for the world championship. They will use the same bike course as ITU with the exception of the Summerland loop.

“It gives a lot of people that are racing in August a chance to go out and race the course and have a better feel for the course come August.”

Brown wants to see the community support the event and celebrate the athletes, and emphasized the need for volunteers for both events.

“Get out and get involved and we love the community engagement in Penticton,” he said.

Just Posted

There’s no downtown Kelowna parking shortage, says city

Survey finds frequent parkers not as concerned about a shortage of spaces

West Kelowna restaurant makes Top 100 list

Quails Gate has made the cut

Proposed new fire hall for Glenmore in the wrong spot says study

A review of the KFD says a new fire hall should built closer to the Glenmore commercial centre

Kelowna council defers decision on homeless development

BC Housing is revisiting original plan after concerns from local businesses

3% tax hike proposed in West Kelowna

Proposed provisional budget tax hike in line with recent annual increases in the city

VIDEO: New series takes in-depth look at sexual harassment in B.C.

Black Press takes a hard look at sexual harassment in B.C.

Hwy. 1 avalanche improvements promise less delays

B.C.’s new remote avalanche-control systems near Revelstoke are ready for avalanche season

Swinging with the Stars gets underway

Swinging with the Stars marks a decade of fundraising for the Central Okanagan Hospice Association

Repairs made to creek at Sagmoen farm

Areas dug up during police search being fixed to comply with fisheries rules

2017 word of the year: Feminism

Merriam-Webster’s word of the year for 2017: ‘Feminism’

200 Russians to compete in Olympics as neutrals

The Russian Olympic Committee expects 200 to compete in South Korea

Researchers claim the ‘man flu’ does exist

Review of scientific studies suggests ‘man flu’ may be more intense: researcher

Trudeau appoints Supreme Court chief justice

Prime Minister Trudeau appoints Richard Wagner as Supreme Court chief justice

Liberal Hogg wins South Surrey-White Rock byelection over Conservative Findlay

B.C. riding to be represented by non-conservative for first time in decades

Most Read