August 25, 2013 - 12:30 PM
Thousands of people lined the shores of Okanagan Lake today to watch the pros hit the water for the Challenge Penticton Canada race.
Along with the pros, the age group athletes also dove and ran into the water for the triathlon race.
The air temperature at the start of the race was 14 C and the water temperature was 22 C.
“Today marks a whole new journey for the sport of triathlon in North America,” Challenge Family CEO Felix Walchshöfer said. “The Challenge Family has officially launched in another continent, bringing enhanced race experiences to a whole new group of athletes.”
It’s a tough course. Just ask any of the athletes who’ve run the former Ironman Triathlon, which moved to Vancouver after spending years in Penticton.
After the swim in Okanagan Lake, the athletes hop on their bikes. The cycling course includes steep climbs at Richter Pass and Yellow Lake. We’re talking ascents of over 210 metres.
The running course is along Skaha Lake.
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The pros get ready to hit the water for the start of the Challenge Penticton triathlon Sunday morning.
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