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Challenge Penticton festival offers something for everyone

Party band One Too Many will be featured at the party-in-the-park during the Challenge Penticton events this weekend. - Photo submitted to the Penticton Western News
Party band One Too Many will be featured at the party-in-the-park during the Challenge Penticton events this weekend.
— image credit: Photo submitted to the Penticton Western News

The 2014 Valley First Challenge Penticton is bridging the gap between athletes and spectators to celebrate all things triathlon.

The event is so much more than race day. Valley First Challenge Penticton Canada is a multi-day festival to celebrate triathlon with a focus on delivering the race of a lifetime to athletes of all ages and abilities to create a memorable experience for both those in the race and those watching.

“We are so excited with the changes we have made this year. While we have planned a world-class race for our athletes, we have also planned numerous events and activities for all the families, friends and supporters that fill our streets on race week,” said Paulette Rennie, Valley First Challenge Penticton Canada president. “That’s what makes this event so much more than a one day race. We have the opportunity to show off our city and surrounding communities and support our local business partners, filling local hotels, restaurants and shopping in our stores and markets. Whether you start with our fantastic party in the park with fun and entertainment for all ages, or enter into the Fun Run, Underpants Run, Junior Triathlon or dance in our streets the whole family will enjoy Valley First Challenge Penticton Canada.”

Events kick off on Thursday, Aug. 21, and over the course of four days there will be fun runs, a junior triathlon race, the party in the park featuring Penticton’s party band, One 2 Many, free yoga in the park by Hotspot Yoga, the Downtown Penticton Association’s Royal LePage Street Dance, a charity swim and, of course, the main event on Sunday, Aug. 24. The race ends with fireworks at midnight lighting up Okanagan Lake.

“Having a family-orientated atmosphere leading up to and including the race is one of my favourite things about Valley First Challenge Penticton Canada, it really brings back the traditions of triathlon,” said Penticton professional triathlete Jenn Annett, who is looking to improve upon her third place overall female finish at last year’s race. “It’s definitely nice that there are so many opportunities to be able to meet athletes just starting out in the sport, or mingling with the pros.”

“We are so lucky to live in this beautiful valley and we believe we have it all right here for everyone to enjoy, whether you spend some time at the beach or wine touring, biking, hiking, floating down the channel or enjoying entertainment in the parks, you will be guaranteed to have a great Challenge week,” said Rennie.

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