The 25th Anniversary of the Triathlon of Compassion was a success by all measures.
Donations topped $30,000 for the 2018 edition of the race with top fundraiser, Jules Wilson, raising over $8000 and continuing his incredible support of the Victoria Sexual Assault Centre.
When race day dawned athletes were treated to perfect conditions as the first of our three youth heats took to the pool at 7:30.
This was the 3rd and final race of The Island Savings Greater Victoria Youth Triathlon Series where 28 athletes received their series finisher sweatshirts. Congratulations to all of the kids who show us what having fun is all about and providing inspiration to the adults who were to follow.
On the racing front, Human Powered Racing athletes had a clean sweep with Barbara Rober taking the OVERALL victory while Richard Boxhall was hot on her heels and finished as the first overall male and second overall. Racing in her old neighborhood, Colette Hopkins also made the overall podium with a 3rd place finish. Not to be outdone was Melanie Cunningham who took 3rd place in the 60+ category. HPR Alumni Erin Glazier was also rocking the Human Powered Racing kit had a strong race and finished with an age group victory in the 35 – 39 age group.
The Human Powered Racing relay team (aka Team McCARFAST) consisting of Liz McCarter (swim), Nancy Carleton (bike) and David Carleton (run) finished a strong 2nd place in the relay division.
Congrats to everyone on a fantastic day and a special event. For many triathletes, The Triathlon of Compassion is a first time race and the sense of accomplishment at the finish line and in the transition area after is something that is not seen at many other races.
We would also like to thank all of the volunteers, sponsors and the Victoria Police Department for giving all of the athletes such a great experience.
For full results you can go the Triathlon of Compassion Website.