Saunders Subaru Victoria Triathlon Set for this Sunday

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Rachel Macatee

June 13, 2013, Victoria, BC (ISN) – Athletes from across North America have traveled to Victoria for the 18th running of the Saunders Subaru Half Iron.

The event will feature an exciting professional race, the opportunity for 20 amateur athletes to qualify for Ironman Canada and participants of all ages just trying to achieve the accomplishment of finishing this daunting challenge.

The event has a rich history that boasts 8 different Ironman Champions among its winners. One of these athletes, Lori Bowden, went on to become the Hawaii Ironman World Champion in 1999 and 2003. The event takes place at beautiful Elk/Beaver Lake Park in Saanich, a large municipality within Greater Victoria, and has become Saanich’s largest sporting event. Over 70% of the race participants have travelled in with friends and family from places outside of Greater Victoria providing a significant impact to the region. Athletes will attend from all over Vancouver Island, BC’s lower mainland, eight Canadian provinces, ten US states, and six countries including as far away as Mexico and Australia.

The professional women’s race will feature 2nd place 2012 Ironman Canada finisher Karen Thibodeau of Canmore battling the likes of former Commonwealth Games Team member Gillian Moody (Vancouver), Sue Huse (Montanna) and local favorite Janet Nielsen. The men’s race will see a new champion crowned as last year’s defending champion Adam O’Meara of Victoria will not race. Some of the pro men challenging for the title will be National ITU World Cup racer Andrew Russell (Sidney), Damian Hill (Oregon), Wade Carlson (Penticton), Elliot Holtham (Vancouver) and Carlos Lesser of Mexico. Taking part in the relay divisions will be some of the stars of the sport including Olympian Brent McMahon, Ironman 70.3 Champion Magali Tisseyre, recent 2nd place Ironman Brazil finisher Sara Gross and local running legend Lucy Smith.

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