Ironman Returns with a Bang

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While he was first to cross the finish line, professional triathlete Jeff Symonds was not Sunday’s Subaru Ironman Canada champion.Because the event was age-class only and just for amateurs he did not receive any prize money or placing for future events.Symonds described his decision to take part was an affair of the heart for his hometown.Each first-place finisher in their respective men’s and women’s age division were winners under the rules governing the competition.The first person to cross the finish line behind Symonds was Cory Mayfield of Pasadena, Calif. in the mens 25-29 group in a time of 08:59:14.The first female was Jessica Cullen of Waterloo, Ont. In a time of 10:08:04.“It was a good race, pretty straight forward,” said Mayfield. “The crowd was incredible, incredible everywhere the people were cheering.”Ironman race director Susie Ernsting was extremely pleased with the number of people lining the routes throughout the course.“Everybody is happy Ironman is back. I know people have missed it, I sure have,” she said. “Tons of spectators and we have more volunteers than we know what to do with which is a problem I’ve never had before.”Ironman events in Penticton will continue until 2024.

Mark Brett, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Penticton Herald