14th Women’s Triathlon biggest yet, say organizers

Debbie Val wins annual race

By Barb McKay

Last weekend’s Kincardine Women’s Triathlon could very well be the best attended yet, according to event organizers.

Kincardine's Sophie Hotchkiss, 17, finished third in the triathlon. (Barb McKay photo)

The sun was shining, lake conditions were good and the temperature wasn’t overly warm when the triathlon and duathlon were held at Station Beach Saturday morning.

“The whole town was worried that the water might be cold, but I wasn’t worried,” said race director Melanie Fischer. “We had great conditions. This is probably the biggest event we’ve had.”

There were 231 entrants for the sprint triathlon, with 162 finishing the event. A total of 113 women entered the duathlon and 89 finished. The triathlon is a 375-metre swim, followed by a 12-kilometre bike ride and a three-kilometre run. The duatlon starts with a three-kilometre run, followed by a 12-kilometre bike ride and finishes with another three-kilometre run.

Debbie Val of Owen Sound won the triathlon with a time of 44:14. She was followed by Glenna Fraumeni of Toronto, who completed the event in 46:29. Sophie Hotchkiss of Kincardine placed third with a time of 46:51. The 17-year-old has been competing in triathlons since she was 10 years old and, in the past, completed three per year.

“This is one of the smaller races, so it’s fun to do,” she said. “I train every day over the winter to prepare. The water was a little choppy today but it was good overall.”

Jennifer Roy of Waterloo won the duathlon with a time of 52:56. Kim Taylor of Walkerton placed second with a time of 54:19 and Danielle Gordon of Owen Sound finished third, crossing the finish line in 55:18. Kate Mahood-Richards of Kincardine placed fourth with a time of 56:06.

There were few glitches in this year’s triathlon; however one Kincardine resident came to the rescue of a cyclist when her bike became disabled. Harry Van Dam was watching the event on Huron Terrace, waiting for his daughter Heather Van Dam Millard to ride past.

“A rider blew a tire and we had another bike here so we just loaned it to her,” he said. “It’s not the good racer she left behind here.”

But with the good deed the rider was able to finish the duathlon.

A Kincardine team won the triathlon relay. Team Family Power, made up of Lauren Andrews, Roxanne Andrews and Heidi Martin, beat out 14 other teams with a time of 47:19.