Athletes to compete in Orca Sprint Triathlon

More than 300 participants expected in Summerland event

Triathletes of all ages will participate in the Orca Sprint Triathlon and the Kids of Steel Triathlon on Sunday, Sept. 3 at Peach Orchard Beach.

The Kids of Steel Triathlon is for children between the ages of six and 15, competing in different categories and distances.

The adult Sprint triathlon features 800 metres of swimming, a 20-kilometre bike ride and a five-kilometre run. In addition, relay categories are offered in the Sprint event.

The adult start time is 8:20 p.m., while the youth races will begin at 10:15 a.m.

“The distances are very doable,” said Delano Ducheck of the Orca Swim Club, one of the event organizers. Last year, the top athletes finished in a little more than one hour.

He said the event serves as the final event in the season for professional athletes, winding down from full-length distances. For others, it is an introductory to triathlon races.

More than 300 athletes are expected to participate in all age levels of the event.

Because the road will be used for parts of the race, Lakeshore Drive in Summerland will be closed during the morning, in order to accommodate the participants.

To register, visit orcaswimclub.net and follow the Sprint Triathlon link.