Teen conquers off-road XTERRA

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CANMORE – It was a cold morning to jump in Quarry Lake on Sunday (Sept. 2).

That’s exactly what was done though for triathletes eager to conquer the XTERRA Canmore triathlon races that finished at the Canmore Nordic Centre.

Fort St. John, B.C.’s Tate Haugan, 18, won best overall time in the off-road triathlon (2:43:00) and Cochrane’s Jeremy Waddell won best time for the road triathlon at 2:28:10.1.

Haugan finished nearly 18 minutes ahead of Shane Besler from Calgary.

The quickest local results came from Canmore’s Michael Manka, who placed eighth overall, in the off-road triathlon at 3:21:05.5, and Canmore’s Gary Mullen placing second in the road triathlon at 2:39:51.3.

Banff’s Hiroshi Komatsu placed third overall in the road triathlon.

In the sprint off-road triathlon, Canmore’s Hope Hunter competed in her first XTERRA Canmore and placed second (1:54.25.3) in the women’s 40-49 division.

She had a few on-course difficulties such as her bike chain popping off and then tripping and falling during the run portion.

“I had hope, Hope had hope,” she said. “I’m quite surprised, I’m very happy and very shocked” at placing second in the category.

“It was such a good experience, the bike part was so gnarly, I pushed it for a quarter of that.”

A local co-ed team, the Grumpy Bears, which was one of two Grizzly Paw Brewing Company teams, placed first at 1:50:05.3.

Three members split up the swimming, biking, and running duties of the event.

“I’m glad I didn’t have to jump in the water that would have been cold,” said Zach Bryant, the runner of the Grumpy Bears trio.

The Grumpy Bears beat out The Mile Long Club from Calgary to claim top spot.

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