Ultraman Canada wraped up today with Stage 3, a 84.3 km (52.4 mile) Run from Princeton to Summerland.
Kevin Cutjar took the overall win. The 44 year old from Penticton finished with a time of 21:49:45, chopping 1:10:50 of the old course record. Cutjar led by 7 minutes and 19 seconds after Day 2, and extended that lead during the final 84.4 km run with a 6:37:41 course record – the only athlete to run sub-7 hours. In second was Australia’s Mike Le Roux (22:36:54), and Mike Coughlin of Sudbury, Ontario was third (23:33:03).
Also of Penticton, Tracey McQuair, 34, started the run with a slim 13 second lead over Australia’s Alice Clark, but ran a women’s best 8:37:46 double marathon to take the win in 26:08:24, finishing fifth overall. The USA’s Andi Ramer finished second (28:09:49), and fellow American Consuela Lively was third (28:38:14).
Prior to today, competitors started on Saturday with Stage 1, a 10.0 km (6.2 mile) point to point swim starting in Penticton and finishing in Okanagan Falls, followed by 144.8 km (90.0 mile) bike ride, beginning in Okanagan Falls over the Richter Pass returning to Okanagan Falls. On Sunday, they completed Stage 2, a 273.5 km (170 mile) bike ride, beginning in Penticton and ending in Princeton.
The Swim (Stage 1) had to be completed in 6 hours plus bike in 12 hours total, bike (Stage 2) in 12 hours, and the run (Stage 3) in 12 hours.
Ultraman Canada covers part of the Okanagan/Similkameen regions of British Columbia, Canada. Entry is limited to 30 solo participants and 5 relay teams (made up of either 2 or 3 people) and is by invitation only. The event started in Canada in 1993, following the format of the original Ultraman established in Kona, Hawaii in 1983.
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