Soon the Okanagan will be host to yet another elite competition with the Super League Triathlon making its inaugural visit to Penticton this August. This event has been long awaited as a replacement to the historic Penticton Ironman Canada event that was last held in the city in 2012.
The Super League team has created a twist on the traditional triathlon. Professional athletes from around the world will come to Penticton in August to complete in the three-day event. The first two days will consist of time trials of individual running, swimming, and biking. The third day will have two shorter triathlons.
There are two separate divisions for this event. The age group division sets amateur teams against each other, while in the professional division competes for $1.5 million in prize money. Among the professionals, Ben Kanute, Olympian, and other world champions will be competing. The American Kanute has six career professional wins. He most recently won the 2018 Sarasota-Bradenton CAMTRI Sprint Triathlon American Cup and North American Championships in March. Kanute goes into the event as a favourite, having won in BC before at the 2008 Vancouver BG Triathlon World Championships finishing with a time of 1:09:48
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Featured photo: The Penticton event is part of the Super League Qualifying Series. (Image Source: Tri247.com, October 24, 2017)