They may have been small in numbers, but the 62 participants in this year’s Carbonear Sprint Triathlon were a dedicated group.
Several attendees suggested that a change in the date, which was initially scheduled for July 20, to the middle of Labour Day weekend, was the reason for the lower registration for the 26th annual event. Last year saw 79 competitors.
Prior to the start of the event, all participants who took part in the 500-metre swim got into Freshwater pond, preparing to start off the event with a splash, but the water was below the seasonal norm. That was the only complaint of the day.
After an intense swim, which saw some of the top competitors fight to be part of the first group out of the water, participants hopped on their bikes and travelled a distance of 18 kilometres through Freshwater and Carbonear.
The wind was not in the riders’ favour, and some struggled to get up the steep hill on Route 70.
Once the bike ride was complete, a five km run concluded the race.
The end of the Carbonear Sprint Triathlon race was not unfamilar for 52-year-old Stephen Dyke of St. John's.In fact, he owns the course record — 53 minutes and one second — which he set in 2009.
He finished the race this year with a time of 59 minutes and 23 seconds, earning him the top finishing time out of all 62 competitors. He was also the winner of the St. John's Triathlon in August.
Sue Rodgers of Grand Falls-Windsor was the top femal finisher, with a time of one hour, 15 minutes and 37 seconds.
This is not Rodgers' first win either. The 40-year-old took home the title at the Marble RV Corner Brook Triathlon early in August.