Whistler athletes make strong showing in Squamish Triathlon 

Four local athletes, one relay team on podiums

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"I actually had the lead on (Silcock) after the swim, but then he passed me with about three kilometres to go on the bike leg," said Higgins.

"I could see him on the whole run, he had about 40 seconds on me from the start, and I picked up more than 20 seconds of that time. I would have liked to have caught him, and if it was a little bit longer I might have, but still I had a great run. I was pretty happy with my race.

"Having someone ahead of you like that makes you go a lot faster."

Although Higgins is an accomplished runner, this is his first season concentrating on triathlons. He competed in his first Half Iron in Oliver in June, swimming 2K, biking 90K and running 21K.

"The (Squamish Triathlon) is a lot easier than the half. You don’t go easier, but you know you can get away with it. It’s all about the pace – the longer the race gets, the more the pacing is critical."

Higgins said the best part of his race was the run, the after-race picnic, and the support from the Whistler triathlon community. "It’s a great race for first-timers. The course is pretty flat for the bike, and the run is a bit of a grunt at first, but it’s kind of fun.

"We had a big group of Whistler people there who were competing in their first triathlons All of them brought their friends and families, so there was a lot of support on the sidelines."

Marie-Anne Prevost had a strong race, finishing 46 th overall, eighth among women and third in the 30 to 34 race with a time of 2:18:26.

Craig Hill, competing in his first triathlon, was 48 th overall and seventh in the men’s 20 to 34 group in 2:18:39.

Paul Suter, who divides his time between Penticton and Whistler, finished 50 th overall with a time of 2:28:47, finishing eighth in the men’s 40 to 44 group.

Greg Sandkuhl, who is in training for his first Ironman this August, finished in a time of 2:20:01 to place second in the men’s 55 to 59 group.

Sandy Treagus was seventh in the men’s 35 to 39 race with his time of 2:20:35.

Bob Deeks was 11 th in the men’s 40 to 44 race in 2:21:58, helped along by a strong bike time of 1:07:37.

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