Squamish’s own Jen Segger took the women’s title and finished third overall at the 11th Ultraman Canada.
The accomplished ultra distance runner and adventure racer, used her run prowess to post the top 84.3 km split of 8:36:05 to come from behind on day three to win in 26:59:29 – quite an accomplishment for the 31 year old who completed her first triathlon at the Oliver Half Iron this year. The USA’ s Joni More, who led Segger by over 20 minutes at the start of run, placed second in 27:14:01, and 3. Erin Beresini (USA) picked up third (28:49:15). Montreal’s Kat Calder‐Becker finished fourth in 29:42:49.
The USA’s John Bergen led after day one and just kept building on his lead with top splits in the biking and run segments. His final 7:29:03 run allowed him to cross the line in 23:48:29 to take the overall win and men’s title. Brazil’s Roberto Parseghian finished second (26:38:44), and fifty year old Ed Marbach of Penticton, made an impressive third place (27:14:57) Ultraman debut. Scott McDermott of Sylvan Lake cracked the top five with a 27:23:32 fourth place finish.
Top 5 Women
1. Jen Segger CAN 26:59:29
2. Joni Moore USA 27:14:01
3. Erin Beresini USA 28:49:15
4. Kat Calder‐Becker CAN 29:42:49
5. Deb Battaglia USA 30:41:07
Top 5 Men
1. John Bergen USA 23:48:29
2. Roberto Parseghian BRA 26:38:44
3. Ed Marbach CAN 27:14:57
4. Scott McDermott CAN 27:23:32
5. Jonathan Zeif USA 28:28:26
Ultraman Distance » Swim 10 km » Bike 421.1 km » Run 84.3 km
Saturday – Stage 1 – 10.0 km (6.2 mile) point to point swim starting in Penticton and finishing in Okanagan Falls, followed by 145.3 km (90.3 mile) bike ride, beginning in Okanagan Falls over the Richter Pass returning to Okanagan Falls.
Sunday – Stage 2 – 275.8 km (171.4 mile) bike ride, beginning in Penticton and ending in Princeton.
Monday – Stage 3 – 84.3 km (52.4 mile) double-marathon run from Princeton to Summerland.
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