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Comox Valley Triathletes Own The Podium At Nationals

Comox Valley triathletes own the podium at nationals

Comox Valley triathletes Clay Ward (C), Derek Vinge (L) and Tyler McCallan (R) finished first, second and third, respectively at the Canadian National Cross Triathlon Championships last weekend in Penticton.

Comox Valley triathletes Clay Ward (C), Derek Vinge (L) and Tyler McCallan (R) finished first, second and third, respectively, at the Canadian National Cross Triathlon Championships last weekend in Penticton.

Comox Valley athletes had an impressive showing at the Canadian Cross Triathlon Championships in Penticton August 26, taking home five medals and even “owning the podium” in the men’s 30-34 age category.

Local triathletes Clay Ward, Derek Vinge and Tyler McCallan finished first, second and third, respectively, in that category, with Ward taking fourth spot overall. Ryan Parton took home silver in the men’s 35-39 category, and Kelsey McCallan finished second in the women’s 30-34 category. Another local triathlete, Kerry Hale, finished strong in the men’s 40-44 category in his first-ever cross triathlon race.

A cross triathlon is similar to a traditional triathlon, except all the events are “off road.” The Canadian championships featured a challenging 1.5-km. swim in Okanagan Lake, a 26-km. mountain bike and a 10-km. trail run.

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Five Comox Valley triathletes took home medals at the Canadian National Cross Triathlon Championships last weekend in Penticton. Pictured (L to R) are Kelsey McCallan (2nd, F30-34), Tyler McCallan (3rd M30-34), Derek Vinge (2nd M30-34), Clay Ward (1st M30-34) and Ryan Parton (2nd M35-39).

“It was a challenging race at a fantastic venue that showcased what off-road triathlons are all about,” says Ward. “It was great to see so many Comox Valley athletes post such impressive results, and we’re all really looking forward to seeing similar results next year at worlds.”

All five local podium finishers qualified to represent Canada at the 2017 World Cross Triathlon Championships, which will be held next August in Penticton.

The athletes would like to recognize the support of the Comox Valley Triathlon Club, the Comox Valley Cycle Club and the Comox Valley Road Runners.

For information on sponsoring the Comox Valley’s Age Group National Team members next summer, contact Ryan Parton at ryan@rpcopywriting.com.

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