Canada’s largest independant half-distance race saw about a thousand athletes enjoy picture-perfect conditions (OK, for some it was hot …) as they enjoyed a scenic journey through the Niagara region at the Barrelman Triathlon.

Taylor Reid (Guelph, Ont.) and Angela Quick (Kitchener, Ont.) took the men’s and women’s overall titles.

The day begins with a 2 km swim at the Welland International Flatwater Centre, followed by a 91 km bike that loops to the shores of Lake Erie then incorporates a 40-km tailwind run to Niagara Falls. That’s all followed by a 21.1 km run past one of the world’s most iconic tourist destinations – Niagara Falls.

Here’s a photo gallery from the race (photos by Kevin Mackinnon):

Reid leads from start to finish

Reid dominated the individual men’s race from the horn, coming out of the water right next to Jessey the Elf, who was part of the Real Deal relay team, and continuing to dominate the race thanks to a blazing 2:01:05 bike split. (The day’s fastest bike split was posted by Ed Veal, part of the Real Deal relay team as well, who rode a blazing 1:53:26.)

Reid cruised through the run with a solid 1:20:01 split to finish in 3:49:50, almost 10 minutes ahead of Nick Cosman (Kingston, Ont.), with Marek Bialkowski (Parry Sound, Ont.) rounding out the podium.

Name Category 2 km Swim 91 km Bike 21.1 km Run Overall
1 Taylor Reid M-Pro 00:25:29 02:01:05 01:20:01 03:49:50.7
2 Nick Cosman M35-39 00:30:40 02:02:16 01:23:17 03:59:12.8
3 Marek Bialkowski M-Pro 00:28:30 02:07:29 01:23:43 04:02:11.8
4 Andrew Bolton M-Pro 00:28:24 02:05:07 01:30:42 04:07:09.5
5 Lee Roy M-Pro 00:34:37 02:08:25 01:27:01 04:13:18.1

 

Down to the wire for Quick

The women’s race turned out to be incredibly close as American pro Nickie Luse (Dayton, Ohio) crossed the line first, only to see Quick capturing the overall title by 12 seconds. Quick left in the age group wave behind the pros. While Luse ran over nine minutes faster than Quick, the Canadian’s speedy swim/ bike combination was just enough to get her to the line in first. The final spot on the podium went to another age-grouper, Angela Lilly, from Stirling, Ont.

Name Category 2 km Swim 91 km Bike 21.1 km Run Overall
1 Angela Quick F30-34 00:26:52 02:21:23 01:45:57 04:37:56.8
2 Nickie Luse F-Pro 00:33:21 02:24:26 01:36:31 04:38:08.1
3 Angela Lilly F40-44 00:29:16 02:24:22 01:42:54 04:40:20.4
4 Izaura Araujo F40-44 00:33:33 02:20:49 01:43:52 04:42:09.8
5 Lynda Gingras F35-39 00:35:58 02:30:28 01:32:40 04:43:02.1

 

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