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Annett retains title from indoor race
By Cole Borba
Special to the Western News
Although Jen Annett defended her Penticton Indoor Triathlon title and Kirk Van deWeghe is the new male champion, the big story Sunday was 12-year-old Brock Hoel of Kelowna.
Hoel was the youngest person to compete in the second annual event sponsored by Challenge Penticton.
Finishing first in his age group, as well as in the top-five overall, Hoel had the most points in both the run and the swim, but couldn’t keep pace with the veterans on the bike in the South Okanagan Events Centre.
Using the Community Centre as well as the SOEC, the 50 athletes started in the pool, swimming for 15 minutes and earning points for each lap completed. After a 15-minute transition, the athletes hopped onto their stationary bikes on trainers that tracked their distance travelled. After 30 minutes on the bike, the final component was a 20-minute run around the concourse of the SOEC, with a point awarded for every quarter lap.
Penticton’s David Matheson, the reigning Ultraman Canada champion, finished third. Last year’s male champion, Jeff Symonds, did not compete this year.
Event organizer Shelie Best said this year’s event was another success.
“It was another good year. All the athletes were happy with the event and after last year we kind of had an idea of how it was going to work so it ran a bit more smoothly,” said Best, who thanked Geoff Prowse from the Bike Barn for helping with bike mechanical issues.
She also stated the importance of the event for the athletes.
“It is definitely a measuring point for athletes that are in the midst of their winter training,” she said. “It gives them something to strive for and work towards when they can’t go out and ride their bike or swim in the lake.”
The winners earned entry into this year’s Challenge Penticton race.