Susie Ernsting never gets old when she sees hundreds of young aspiring triathletes cross the finish line after grueling races.
“That’s my favorite part. They can cross the finish line before the adults finish tomorrow,” said the Ironman Canada race director. “A great way to start the weekend, get everyone excited and give the family something to do together.”
Ahead of the anticipated Sunday morning return of IRONMAN in Penticton, Canada, the kids will be given the chance to take center stage at Lakeshore Drive on August 27, taking part in a weekend of the nation’s premium triathlon event. was given the opportunity to
Whether it was a 500m, 1km or 2km run, “Ironkids” competitors had the choice to race in one of three distance categories.
But kids weren’t the only ones taking advantage of the Iron Man pre-event.
The French tourist and avid triathlete couldn’t miss this weekend’s festivities in Peach City. Especially when she was meant to race with her granddaughter at her Ironkids event on Saturday morning.
The grandmother and daughter duo successfully completed the race and crossed the finish line.
It’s these stories that made Ironman Canada such an unforgettable event for Ernsting.
“This is a very family affair,” said the North Vancouver resident. “It’s nice to see this and to be back in Penticton. It was the first place I attended myself in 2010.”
Ironman Canada kicks off at 7am Sunday morning as thousands of competitors head to Lake Okanagan. The race features his 3.8-kilometer swim on Lake Okanagan, his 180-kilometer bike ride through Osoyos and Keremeos, and his 42.2-kilometer run along Lake Shore in downtown Penticton.
“Be here for the start and be here at midnight for the finish line party,” said Ernsting.
“If you haven’t seen the finish line of Ironman, the whole community is rooting for the athlete’s return…that’s special. That’s when they start Ironman.”
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Family matters: Young triathletes shine at Penticton ahead of Ironman Canada
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