Kim Campbell, a Courtenay mother of 13 children, has just completed Ironman Canada.
The event was held July 26 at Whistler. Campbell, a member of the Comox Valley Triathlon Club, completed the event in 14 hours and 52 minutes. Ironman Canada is a national triathlon race consisting of a 3.8 km swim, 180 km bike and a full marathon of 42.2 km.
Another CVTC member, Tom Weber, completed the event in a time of 16:1.
Campbell reflected of the day, stating, “The race was awesome from start to finish, with so many people out there supporting the triathletes by cheering us on. It was incredible for me to finish the race with my youngest son running alongside the course shouting out ‘Mom, mom, mom.’ It’s something I will always remember.”
Three other CVTC members took part in another event held the same day, the Calgary Ironman 70.3. This race distance (sometimes known as the half ironman) has a 1.9 km swim, 90 km bike and a half marathon of 21.1 km.
Cindy Steuart finished in 5:51 Kim Griffiths finished in 6:05 and Lynda Magor finished in 7:04.
Meanwhile, at the Sri Chinmoy Self Transcendence Triathlon in Victoria on Aug. 2, two CVTC members achieved first places in their respective age groups.
Derek Tripp won the Male 65-69 age group for the Olympic distance in a time of 2:35 and Bonny Ervin came first in the Female 65-69 age group for the Sprint distance in 1:31
Three other members also took part in the event. Kerri Brownie and Darcy Walters raced in the Sprint distance, finishing in 1:45 and 1:29 respectively, and Marnie Van Der Vliet raced the Olympic distance in a time of 3:33.
CVTC is holding two Open Water Swim Clinics in August, on Sunday 16 and 30. The clinics will be coached by Comox Valley Aquatic Club head coach Kris Bell. These clinics are both free and open to non-members.
Anyone interested in taking part in the clinics or wanting further information about CVTC can do so by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org
– Comox Valley Triathlon Club