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Andrew Beardsall and Kristen Marchant win Skechers Triathlon Ontario Provincial Championship

Alex VanderLinden (left) and Andrew Beardsall (right). Credit: Barrie Shepley
Alex VanderLinden (left) and Andrew Beardsall (right). Credit: Barrie Shepley

On Sunday, Barrie Shepley and Personal Best hosted another successful annual indoor triathlon with the Skechers Triathlon Ontario Provincial Championship. The event, held at McMaster University in Hamilton, continues to grow each year as a popular race among local elite and age group triathletes.

The event was a great way for triathletes to end their first month of 2016 training. The 15-minute swim, ride on

Credit: Barrie Shepley
Credit: Barrie Shepley

stationary bikes and run on the track were a chance to test progress in winter training so far. Athletes ranging from ages nine to 77 participated in the race either individually or as part of a relay team.

Points were earned from distance covered during the swim, wattage averaged on the bike and distance covered on the run. Beardsall and Marchant have represented Canada at the ITU World Championships. Both swam 1,125 metres in the allotted 15 minutes but it was 15-year old Hayley Sturrock who covered the most distance in the water, swimming 1,275 metres. Beardsall and Marchant both covered the most distance on the track in their respective categories (4,600 m and 3,800 m).

Barrie Shepley started this indoor triathlon as a way to get more university students involved in the sport. “I started the event 23 years ago right at McMaster,” he says. “I believe its a fun, competitive way to stay in shape over the winter and its also an awesome way of evaluating new talent that newer athletes don’t even know they have.”

Age-group winners each went home with a pair of Skechers running shoes.

Shepley thanks Personal Best’s coach Sean Bechtel and Andrew Cole for helping to run another great event.

Full results.