Challenge Penticton adds cash prizes to half distance race

Carrie Lester of Australia placed eighth in the 2013 Challenge Penticton Triathlon.
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PENTICTON - The 2015 Valley First Challenge Penticton Triathlon is upping the ante for half distance racers.

This year’s professional race will move to the half distance with a $30,000 purse now available to the top five men and women in each category.

First place finishers will receive $6,000. It’s the largest purse offered for a half distance race in Western Canada.

The full distance event will also see more resources offered to age-group competitors, in addition to Challenge’s continuing commitment to the full distance event.

Amateur triathletes will compete in five year categories for both full and half distance races in 2015, with awards presented to top three finishers in all categories.

Individual participants in the Valley First Challenge Penticton will now be able to earn points for their triathlon clubs through their participation in Challenge full or half distance races and their category placings.

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