Valley First Challenge Penticton crowned two new champions in Canada's Brent McMahon and the United States' Jennifer Spieldenner.
Valley First Challenge Penticton crowned two new champions in Canada’s Brent McMahon and the United States’ Jennifer Spieldenner. The 33rd edition of the long-distance triathlon was held today in Penticton and the surrounding area, over a 1.2-mile swim, 56-mile bike and 13.1-mile run.
Read the recap from Challenge Family below:
Italian-born, U.S. resident Davide Giardini lead the men’s field out of the water in 22:04, closely followed by Chris Braden and Brent McMahon. McMahon took the lead on the bike leg, clocking 2:14:08 for the 90 km course. He was followed into transition by Trevor Wurtele with Giardini slipping to into third. Each athlete held onto his place on the run, McMahon finishing the half-marathon in 1:14:28 for a total time of 3:50:38.
“I wanted to go out and I wanted to win this event,” said McMahon. “It takes a lot of hard work to do that. There were great Canadians and great international athletes here. They didn’t make it easy on me.”
Speildenner led the women’s field out of the water in 23:28 with a commanding gap over Ellie Salthouse and Malindi Elmore, who exited the lake together. Heather Lendway then registered the fastest bike split of the day at 2:32:18. The top five women then changed the order time and again during an exciting run leg, although once Spieldenner assumed the lead she extended it as she closed in on the finish. She stopped the clock at 4:25:09, with two-time winner Australian Carrier Lester in second and Colorado’s Lesley Smith in third.
“It felt amazing to win this race!” said Speildenner. “I really had to dig deep with the challenging course, elements and competition. Valley First Challenge Penticton is so special because it’s a tough course that pushes you; the support from spectators and volunteers is amazing.”
“The Valley First Challenge Penticton professional race had everything a spectator would want,” said Michael Brown, co-race director, Valley First Challenge Penticton. “There were fast times, lead changes, and a dash of drama. Jennifer and Brent executed fantastic races today and are well deserving winners.”
A total of 1,100 athletes toed the event’s start line. Athletes from across North America, Europe and Asia-Pacific participated in the Challenge Half alongside the professional field, some in the longer Challenge Full, and others in relay events over both distances.
Valley First Challenge Penticton
Penticton, B.C., Canada – Aug. 31, 2015
1.2-mile swim, 56-mile bike, 13.1-mile run
1. Brent McMahon (CAN) 3:50:38
2. Trevor Wurtele (CAN) 3:53:52
3. Davide Giardini (USA) 3:57:23
4. Jeff Symonds (CAN) 3:58:50
5. Maik Twelsike (USA) 4:01:20
1. Jennifer Spieldenner (USA) 4:25:09
2. Carrie Lester (AUS) 4:26:44
3. Lesley Smith (USA) 4:27:44
4. Heather Lendway (USA) 4:30:02
5. Malindi Elmore (USA) 4:30:36