This Sunday, July 15 marks the 15th annual Squamish Triathlon: A Memorial to Bob McIntosh, an Olympic distance race and relay that includes a 1,500 metre swim on Alice Lake, a 37km road ride on Highway 99 and through Brackendale and a 10km trail run. Registration is still available until midnight this Friday, July 13.
If you're in the race, expect hot temperatures and prepare accordingly. Organizers are asking racers to drink lots of fluids the day before and bring fluids to the transitions. There are also four aid stations along the route. Although the trail run has a lot of shade, sun screen is also strongly recommended.
For spectators and residents, be aware that there are road closures and delays in effect for the duration of the event.
• Highway 99 at the Alice Lake Provincial Park intersection will be closed for roughly 20 minutes between 9:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. as athletes cross the road to join the race route.
• Squamish Valley Road from Highway 99 to Government Road is open to westbound traffic only from 9:30 a.m. until approximately 1 p.m. Eastbound traffic will be diverted to Government Road.
• Government Road from Depot Road to Squamish Valley Road will be closed to northbound traffic from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
• Ross Road near Brackendale Secondary School will have limited access from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
• Depot Road from Highway 99 to Government Road will be closed to westbound traffic from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
• Access at Alice Lake Provincial Park and the access road will also be limited from 6:30 a.m. to 11 a.m., and the public will not be able to enter the park between 9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.
For more on the race, visit www.squamishtriathlon.org.
Tenderfoot results are in
There was a slight delay putting together the results from the Tenderfoot Boogie on June 30 — a Squamish-to-Whistler ultra and relay event that returned for the second year — and they were not available for press time last week.
In the 28km Lightning Race, Kathy McKay was first overall and first among women in 2:56:43, followed by Magnus Enfeldt in 3:03:02 and Rob Ruff in 3:31:26.
The second and third females were Kester Tomkies in fifth overall in 3:40:20 and Janet Vink in 3:40:21. The third male overall was Scott McCardle in 3:33:40.
In the 50km Endurance category, Barry Berg was the fastest runner in 6:16:59, followed by Tod Cooper in 6:19:56 and Paul Schrimpf in 6:25:27.
Susan Bentley was the top female in fourth overall in 6:49:39, followed by Natalie Peters in 6:53:14 and Carie Moran in 7:06:04.
A handful of solo runners braved the 50-Mile (80km) distance, with Johnathan Garnett completing the course in 8:29:03, followed by Stephen Gould in 9:57:51 and Mark Rowat in 10:34:22.
The only female runner to go the full distance was Pushpa Chandra in 13:49:54.
The race started in Squamish and followed the Sea to Sky Trail to Whistler before veering off onto some local singletrack and finishing in Creekside.
There was also a relay category for the 50-Mile distance. The top team, led by Daniel Heath, finished in 9:57:51.
There are two more ultras taking place this summer: the inaugural Squamish 50 on Aug. 11 and the inaugural Meet Your Maker on Sept. 4. Both are 50-mile (80km) ultras and relays.
Whistler Avalanche teams on podium in Kelowna
The Whistler Youth Soccer Association sent three teams to the annual Canada Day Soccer Tournament in Kelowna, with all three teams finishing in the medals.
In the Boys Under 12 group, Whistler went undefeated to place first overall. They let in just two goals in four games while scoring 22 — including a 5-0 win over the OMYSA Jade Electric Light team in the finals.
In Under 14 Girls, Whistler tied for second overall with a record of 2-2.
In Under 16 Girls, Whistler placed third overall. They went 1-2 in the round robin, then beat Summerland House 1-0 in the playoffs to move into third.