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Challenge Penticton lines up weekend full of events

Goofing around before the big race.
Image Credit: Challenge Penticton
August 19, 2014 - 2:14 PM

PENTICTON - The second Challenge triathlon is this Sunday and there are lots of all-ages events lined up in the days before the race.

Events start Thursday, Aug. 21 and run for four days. There will be fun runs, a junior triathlon race, party in the park, free yoga and a charity swim. The whole weekend will be wrapped up with fireworks on Sunday night at Okanagan Lake.

"We are so excited with the changes we have made this year. While we have planned a world-class race for our athletes, we have also planned numerous events and activities for all the families, friends and supporters that fill our streets on race week," said Paulette Rennie, Valley First Challenge Penticton Canada president. "That's what makes this event so much more than a one day race. We have the opportunity to show off our city and surrounding communities and support our local business partners, filling local hotels, restaurants and shopping in our stores and markets.”

Here is a full events schedule:

Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014
• 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Expo - Gyro Park
• 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Athlete registration - Lakeside Resort
• 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Valley First Challenge Penticton Junior Triathlon Race Package Pickup and Carbo Load Dinner - Boston Pizza
• 5 p.m. 7 p.m.  Valley First Challenge Penticton 1 KM & 5 KM Fun Run, sponsored by IGA Marketplace and Sherwood Trophies - Lakeshore Drive at Rotary Park
• 5 p.m. 10 p.m. Welcome and Party In The Park – music, food, beverage garden, Expo with FREE ENTRY - Gyro Park Featuring One 2 Many!
• 5 p.m. 10 p.m. 2015 Registration in Challenge tent - Gyro Park

Friday, Aug. 22, 2014
• 6 a.m. Valley First Challenge Penticton JR Triathlon late check-in for out of town athletes - Rotary Park
• 7 a.m. Valley First Challenge Penticton JR Triathlon Race Start - Okanagan Lake
• 9:30 a.m. to 10:15 a.m. Yoga in the Park – Hotspot Yoga FREE - Gyro Park
• 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Expo - Gyro Park
• 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Registration Check-In (Final) Lakeside Resort
• 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 2015 Registration in Challenge tent - Gyro Park
• 11 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Valley First Challenge Penticton JR Triathlon Awards Ceremony - Gyro Park
• 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. Underpants Run start – Gyro Park Bandshell
• 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Media conference – Gyro Park
• 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Welcome Dinner for Athletes - Penticton Trade & Convention Centre
• 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. DPA Royal LePage Street Dance – 200 to 400 Blocks of Main Street

Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014 
• 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Expo - Gyro Park
• 8 a.m. to 8:50 a.m. Tri It Multisport Ogopogo 1 KM & 500 M Charity Swim Registration - Okanagan Lake
• 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. Tri It Multisport Ogopogo 1 KM and 500 M Charity Swim Race Start - Okanagan Lake
• 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. DPA Saturday Market & Penticton Farmer’s Market – Along Main, Front,     Martin, Westminster
• 9:30 a.m. to 10:15 p.m. Yoga in the Park – Hotspot Yoga FREE - Gyro Park
• 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Bike & Gear Check-In - Bike Lot & Transition Area
• 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 2015 Registration in Challenge tent - Gyro Park
• 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. Pro Athlete Bike Check-In - Bike Area
• 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. Athletes Mandatory Pre-Race Brie?ng - Gyro Park

Sunday, Aug. 24 2014
• 5 a.m. to 6 a.m. Athlete Check-In Individual Special Needs - Martin Street
• 6:30 a.m. Pro Start - Okanagan Lake
• 6:45 a.m. Full Distance Individual and Relay Start - Okanagan Lake
• 7:30 a.m. Half Distance Individual and Relay Start - Okanagan Lake
• 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Expo - Gyro Park
• 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Beverage Garden - Gyro Park
• 3 p.m. Estimated time of arrival for first pro finisher - Main Street
• Midnight Celebration Fireworks – Okanagan Lake Park

Monday, Aug. 25, 2014
• 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. Lost and Found at the Information Booth - Gyro Park
• 9 a.m .to 3 p.m. Merchandise Tent OPEN, with finishers merchandise available - Gyro Park
• 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. 2015 Registration in Challenge tent - Gyro Park
• 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Athlete and Volunteer Celebration Dinner - Penticton Trade & Convention Centre
• 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Lost and Found - Penticton Trade & Convention Centre

To contact the reporter for this story, email Meaghan Archer at marcher@infotelnews.ca or call 250-488-3065. To contact the editor, email mjones@infotelnews.ca or call 250-718-2724.

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