Sun shines on Barkman Triathlon at the lake

The annual Barkman Triathlon took place July 8 at Furlong Bay

The annual Barkman Triathlon at Furlong Bay on Lakelse Lake was back this year, and unlike last year, the weather played a positive role.

“Last year it was pouring rain,” said organizer Crystal Thomas, noting turnout was higher this year than last for the day, which features three events, Olympic, Duathlon, and Sprint, and draws competitors from Terrace, Smithers, Prince Rupert, Vanderhoof and Prince George.

“We really needed the sun, it warms up the lake,” she said. “It was such a nice day.”

Temperatures at the lake average 17 degrees, so weather can make all of the difference for participants.

Twenty-five competitors and their families showed up for the event, which featured music by Dr. Fishy, and a salmon lunch cooked by Thomas’ brother.

“It’s a local event with a local flavour,” said Thomas.

“It’s one of the top courses where you get to run, bike, and swim,” she said.

Unlike some races, where the running portion loops four times around the same scenery, this race is one large loop through an old growth forest.

“It’s super challenging,” she said. “And a lot of people are blown away by how beautiful it is.”

Here are the full results:

Olympic (51.5 km)

Male Open: 1. Greg Tone 2. Colin Parry; Male Masters: 1. Willie Muller; Female Masters: 1. Sherrie Hamer; Male Relay: 1. Rapid Thigh Movement; Female Relay: 1. Lungs for Jamie

Sprint (25.75 km)

Male Open: 1. Cameron Chanin 2. Thomas Christensen 3. Michael Willisku; Female Open: 1. Courtney Chanin 2. Danielle Weightman; Male Masters: 1. Todd Hollett; Female Masters: 1. Claire Radcliffe; Sprint Relay: 1. SOFTS

Duathlon (50 km)

1. Travis Yagelniski 2. Joel Ringma 3. Kevin Wong 4. Scott Foulser 5. Stephen Downie; Female Open: 1. Meghan Sinclair; Male Masters: 1. Mike Christensen 2. Richard Kriegl; Female Masters: 1. Maryka Rypma 2. Janess Iverson 3. Dynamic Health Duo (Marsha, Sue)