BBF Sprint a success in spite of challenges

Organizers of the 2015 Best Body Fitness Sprint Triathlon on Sunday are calling the event a success.

A pack of cyclists heads toward the finish line.

Organizers of the 2015 Best Body Fitness Sprint Triathlon on Sunday are calling the event a success, despite having to deal with a forced swimming cancellation, route changes and a medal shortage.

Athletes were supposed to start the race with a swim at the Aquatic Centre, but with the pool still out of service, the triathlon was turned into a duathlon.

Having athletes swim in the lake was considered, but ultimately decided against by race director Steve Miller and co-race director Scott McDermott, who deemed water temperatures to be too frigid.

Even though participation numbers were down by about 35 from the previous year, there were still around 68 volunteers who helped with the event.

A total of 126 adults took part, while 77 children participated in the Splash and Dash event that followed.

McDermott said participating athletes were understanding and upbeat, despite the setbacks.

“The weather was perfect and everything went really well,” McDermott said. “A few flat tires on the bike course, but no real challenges, and most of the local traffic was courteous and kind.”

Medals were awarded at the end of the race, but due to delays in shipping, there was a shortage. The issue became evident as medals ran low when the children came in, McDermott said.

The disapointment at the prospect of not receiving a medal was evident on the faces of some children, he added. And that’s when some of the adult racers showed their generosity, resulting in one of the day’s more poignant moments.

“They were coming up to me in droves handing over their own finisher medals for the kids,” McDermott said. “I must admit, I choked up and my eyes got a little moist. Every kid got a medal. Many of the adult athletes gave up their winning gold, silver or bronze medals. It was amazing.”

 

Just Posted

Sylvan Lake Pirates force Whitecourt Wild to walk the plank

The Pirates have played their way to back-to-back wins to sit seventh in regular season standings.

Sylvan Lake students prepare for opening night of ‘Almost, Maine”

Students and staff from H.J. Cody have been hard at work since September to bring Almost to life

WATCH: Sylvan Lake’s Daddy/Daughter Dance

The event was put on by SPARC Parent’s Association on Nov. 17

West Central Midget Tigers pounce on Airdrie

The Tigers’ regular season record is 10-1-2 after two wins this weekend

Big Bear Energy makes a big donation to Sylvan Lake Christmas Bureau

Big Bear Energy recently gave a donation to help families in need this holiday season

VIDEO: Shoppers like self-checkout lanes at the grocery store, survey suggests

Grocery Experience National Survey Report suggests most grocery shoppers spend 32 minutes per visit

$90,000 pen from space created by B.C man

The Space pen is made from a meteorite

B.C. woman fined $2,300 for speeding

Clocked going 215 km/hr

South Korean named Interpol president in blow to Russia

South Korea’s Kim Jong Yang was elected as Interpol’s president edging out a longtime veteran of Russia’s security services.

E. coli outbreak linked to romaine lettuce sickens 18 people in Ontario, Quebec

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency says it’s working with U.S. authorities to determine the source of the romaine lettuce those who got ill were exposed to.

Trump defies calls to punish crown prince for writer’s death

The U.S. earlier sanctioned 17 Saudi officials suspected of being responsible for or complicit in the Oct. 2 killing, but members of Congress have called for harsher actions, including cancelling arms sales.

British, EU leaders to meet as Brexit deadline looms

The U.K. and the European Union agreed last week on a 585-page document sealing the terms of Britain’s departure.

Richard Oland was killed ‘in a rage,’ prosecutor tells son’s murder trial

The verdict from Oland’s 2015 murder trial was set aside on appeal in 2016. Richard Oland, 69, was found dead in his Saint John office on July 7, 2011.

Former NHL player and coach Dan Maloney dies at 68

Maloney coached the Toronto Maple Leafs and Winnipeg Jets

Most Read