Triathlon season begins for locals 

A group of Whistler and Sea to Sky residents took part in the annual UBC Triathlon on March 9, swimming 0.8 km in the pool, cycling 22 km and running 6.6 km.

Because of its shorter length and the indoor pool component the UBC Triathlon is a popular race for newcomers to the sport, and for veterans warming up for their competitive season. As a result the times varied from just over an hour to almost three hours.

For Whistler, Daniel Havens was the top triathlete, finishing in 19 th place out of 212 male competitors in the community category. He was also first out of 23 athletes in the men’s 45 to 49 age category with a time of 1 hour 23 minutes 19 seconds.

Paul Suter was close behind, finishing 23 rd overall with a time of 1:24:30. He was 22 nd among the men and third out of 43 racers in the men’s 40 to 44 race.

Finishing 11 th in the men’s 30 to 34 race was Whistler’s Brian Fishbrook, who was 36 th overall and the 33 rd male competitor with a time of 1:27:41.

Christine Suter was 45 th overall and the fourth female out of 158 to cross the line. She was also second out of 43 racers in the women’s 30 to 34 category with a time of 1:28:57.

Right on her heels, in 46 th position, was Whistler’s Paul Nicholas. He was the 42 nd male, and 15 th out of 51 racers in the men’s 30 to 34 category with a time of 1:29:16.

Seconds later, Dawn Weberg-Titus cross the finish line in 1:29:24. She was the fifth female, 49 th overall, and first out of 12 racers in the women’s 40 to 44 competition.

David Higgins finished 61 st overall, and 19 th in the men’s 30 to 34 race. He was the 55 th male to cross the line and posted a time of 1:31:56.

Triathlon newcomer Scott Bramer was 137 th overall, 108 th among men, and 36 out of 51 entries in the men’s 30 to 34 race with a time of 1:42:21.

Brandi Higgins was 196 th overall, the 56 th female overall, and 19 th out of 43 racers in the 30 to 34 category. Her finish time was 1:47:41.

From Pemberton, Tracey Pope was 30 th overall, the third female, and first in the women’s 30 to 34 race with a time of 1:27:15.

From Squamish, Rob MacLeod was 24 th overall, the 23 rd male, and eight in the men’s 30 to 34 race with a time of 1:24:48.

Joanne Turnbull was 144 th overall, 32 nd among women, and sixth out of 19 starters in the women’s 35 to 39 age category.

Marie-Claude Neron was 311 th , the 116 th female, and 37 th out of 45 racers in the women’s 25 to 29 race with a time of 2:00:04.

The Whistler Triathlon Club is always looking for new members, and trains in the Meadow Park pool on Saturday mornings at 7:30 a.m.

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