Josephine Soti of Cloverdale placed second in the 10-11 year category. Dan Ferguson Langley Times

Updated with results: More young people try the Tri-It triathlon in Langley City

Annual event allows beginners to swim, cycle and run

About 200 people took part in the City of Langley 17th annual Tri-It Triathlon on Sunday at the Al Anderson Memorial Pool at 4949 207 St., swimming in the pool, then biking and running through the surrounding neighbourhood.

There were 140 youth aged five to 14, 45 adults, 10 teams of up to three people, and six 60-or-better competitors in the “Dave Hall Classic category” which was added to acknowledge the passing of former Council member Dave Hall, who was a key advocate of the Tri-It event that encouraged novice competitors to have a go.

The number of adults was down slightly this year while the number of young competitors was up compared to previous years, said Christine Daum, recreation supervisor at the City of Langley.

“More kid are getting into it, which is great,” Daum said.

“Lots of families, too.”

Eleanor Dueck came all the way from Tsawwssen to compete for the first time.

Her mother, Dayna said the Langley event was a pleasant experience.

“It’s so nice, it’s so laid-back,” she said.

“We’ll be back.

Like many sign-waving parents, Jaime Lamont from Surrey was there to cheer on his kids, Kate 11 and Cameron, 9 with a sign that said, simply “I made a sign.”

“I had to make a sign,” Lamont said he was told.

“So I made a sign.”

He had another sign claiming “free wi-fi” was near.

His kids just laughed.

The Tri-It event was first launched in 2000 by the City of Langley and the City firefighters as a fundraiser for the burn fund.

After about a decade, the firefighters moved on to other fund-raising initiatives and the City maintained the annual event as a community fun run.

Age-group winners (male and female):

U7 — Keith Bradshaw and Myla Ewasiuk.

U7 MALE: 1st Place: Keith Bradshaw 2nd Place: Oliver Sada 3rd Place: Sawyer Julihn

U7 FEMALE: 1st Place: Myla Ewasiuk 2nd Place: Rainne Jorgensen 3rd Place: Meeka Neufeld

8/9 — Bodhi Matthew and Merina Lau.

8/9 YEARS MALE

1st Place: Bodhi Matthew 2nd Place: Troy Teolis 3rd Place: Cole Secord

8/9 YEARS FEMALE

1st Place: Merina Lau 2nd Place: Mia Stevens 3rd Place: Ashlyn Adams

10/11 — Austin Beese and Nova Rotbart.

10-11 YEARS MALE

1st Place: Austin Beese 2nd Place: Will Van Schagen 3rd Place: Nathaniel Funke

10-11 YEARS FEMALE

1st Place: Nova Rotbart 2nd Place: Josephine Soti 3rd Place: Keira Faulkner

12-14 — Matt Trent and Quinn Funke.

12-14 YEARS MALE

1st Place: Matt Trent 2nd Place: Trenton Lau 3rd Place: Quinn St.Pierre

12-14 YEARS FEMALE

1st Place: Quinn Funke 2nd Place: Daniela Sada 3rd Place: Jeevan Taggar

Adult — Jack MacDougall and Fawn Vaitkus.

ADULT MALE

1st Place: Jack MacDougall 2nd Place: Jason Faulkner 3rd Place: Geoff Funke

ADULT FEMALE

1st Place: Fawn Vaitkus 2nd Place: Renee Agnew 3rd Place: April St.Pierre

Dave Hall Classic (50+) — Tom Barichello and Brenda Lightfoot.

DAVE HALL CLASSIC 50-PLUS MALE

1st Place: Tom Barichello 2nd Place: Lance Nose 3rd Place: Brian Parkinson

DAVE HALL CLASSIC 50-PLUS FEMALE

1st Place: Brenda Lightfoot 2nd Place: Carole Chesham

Relay teams — Tri Again.

RELAY TEAMS

1st Place: Tri Again 2nd Place: Dynamic Duo 3rd Place: Parapini

Complete lists of all the finishers can be found online at the City of Langley website.

 

Caitlin Young in Al Anderson pool. Dan Ferguson Langley Times

Eleanor Dueck came all the way from Tsawwassen to take part in her first Try-It. Her mom, Dayna, says they’ll be back. Dan Ferguson Langley Times

Yes, that’s a unicycle. Matthias Fox added an additional degree of difficulty to his bike race. Dan Ferguson Langley Times

Juliet Rittscher nears the finish line. Dan Ferguson Langley Times

April St. Pierre led the way as the adult swim portion of the event got underway. Dan Ferguson Langley Times