Enthusiastic athletes from across Canada and the United states flocked to the scenic city of Kelowna in British Colombia, Canada for the 33rd annual Kelowna Apple Triathlon.

 

The late August weekend had a total of 1,200 participants taking part in three days worth of events in Kelowna’s downtown centre.

 

Races begin Saturday morning with the Try-a-tri, corporate and youth categories. Organisers really encouraged all ages and abilities to get involved. The Try-a-tri once again proved a hit with newcomers enjoying their first taste of triathlon.

21-23 August, 2015
Kelowna, Canada


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Sunday’s races included the sprint distance as well as the Olympic distance. Competitors were not deterred despite a grey smoke haze from wildfires in the U.S on the Sunday. Athletes took on the International Triathlon Union recognized course with vigor, finishing in the picturesque Kelowna Waterfront Park.

 

The male sprint distance race was a particular highlight for locals with two local men making it into the top three. Kelowna’s Jack Van Allen and Chad Reid took first and third place. The cherry on top of a wonderful weekend came with fellow local Carmelle Guidi-Swan coming in second in the woman’s Olympic distance.

Northland, New Zealand is home to the ASB Kerikeri Half Marathon.

 

Near the top of the North Island, Kerikeri is both historically significant and stunningly beautiful. Home to New Zealand’s oldest building, the Stone Store, Kerikeri has long been on the map as a tourist destination. There is no better way to see a piece of glorious landscape than to run through it.

 

The Half Marathon, now in its 26th year is an iconic feature on the Northland events calendar and is the final event in the Sport Northland Run/Walk Series each year.

Starting in Okaihau, the first 7km of the course is a gradual climb with two distinct hills. The remaining 14km is a gradual decent through rolling countryside to the finish on Kerikeri Domain.

 

After finishing the event, chill out on the domain and enjoy some lunch while grooving away to live music.

 

Then stick around for the Kerikeri street party where you can sample wonderful food, wine and many other local specialties or just dance the evening away. 

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