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Athletes of all ages take on triathlon challenge

By: Lucas Punkari

  |  Posted: Thursday, May 22, 2014 10:13 am

JASON LEGGETT OF AIRDRIE GRABBED A QUICK DRINK BEFORE HE FINISHED OFF HIS BIKE RIDE DURING THE AIRDRIE TRY-IT TRIATHLON ON MAY 18 AT GENESIS PLACE RECREATION CENTRE.
JASON LEGGETT OF AIRDRIE GRABBED A QUICK DRINK BEFORE HE FINISHED OFF HIS BIKE RIDE DURING THE AIRDRIE TRY-IT TRIATHLON ON MAY 18 AT GENESIS PLACE RECREATION CENTRE.
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Swimming, biking, and running were the main physical activities around Airdrie on May 18, as the second annual Airdrie Try-It Triathlon event took place throughout town.

For first-time participants Brent and Brett McLean of Drumheller, the father and son team felt their initial triathlon event went according to plan, especially as they lucked out with the weather conditions.

“When we finished up our swim in the pool (at Genesis Place) we came outside to find out that we missed the rain, so that was something that we were pretty happy about,” Brent McLean, 59, said.

“The bike and the swim were both a lot of fun, but the run was tougher than I thought as there were a lot more hills compared to where we train back home,” Brett McLean, 16, added.

“It was still a blast though, even if I was a lot faster than my dad.”

A total of 197 athletes took part in the event, with 23 competitors taking part in the Olympic distance, which consisted of a 1,500-metre swim, a 33.5-kilometre bike ride, and a 10-kilometre run.

The sprint distance, which consisted of a 750-metre swim, a 20-kilometre bike ride, and a five-kilometre run, saw 107 competitors, while the try-it event, which consisted of a 300-metre swim, 10-kilometre bike ride, and a two-and-a-half-kilometre run, had 77 participants.

“It was a lot of fun,” said Stacey O’Malley of Airdrie, who took part in the sprint distance.

“It was a nice and low-key event, especially compared to some of other events that I compete in around Alberta,” she added. “Everyone was cheering each other on, which is something that motivated me and the other competitors.”

One of the most experienced youngsters in the event was 12-year-old Brandon Mack of Airdrie, who was competing in his sixth triathlon in the last two years.

“This is the second time I’ve taken part in this event, and I’ve also gone to triathlons in Calgary and Red Deer,” Mack said.

“It’s just something I enjoy doing, as I like to keep pretty active,” he added.

“I try to swim, bike, and run as much as I can, and this is a fun way to combine all three things.”

Keith Inman of Calgary had the fastest time in the Olympic distance with a time of 2:18:46, while Calgary’s Bo Simpson finished in first place in the sprint distance in a time of 1:09:03.

Cochrane’s Miriam Diziadyk was the quickest in the try-it event with a time of 41:49.


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