Athletes leave Okanagan Lake in the 2016 Kids Triathlon at Kin Beach. (Photo Submitted)

Paradigm Kids Triathlon entries soar

Washed out in June due to flooding, the Paradigm Naturopathic Kids Triathlon goes next Sunday

Washed out in June due to high waters at Okanagan Lake, the Paradigm Naturopathic Kids Triathlon goes next Sunday morning at Kin Beach.

More than 200 entrants have registered, 15 more since the originally scheduled June race.

“We have since added a U23 category and are excited to welcome a number of athletes from Victoria, Alberta, and throughout the Interior of B.C.,” said race chair Laura Medcalf.

“We just got a registration from Saskatchewan so I guess it’s now legit to say we have participants from across Western Canada. We have decent talent coming for this race: Brennen Smith and Colette Reimer, who both won medals at World Championships in Penticton last week.”

Reimer struck silver in the Junior Women Aquathlon, while Smith garnered gold in the U23 Aquathlon for a world title.

“The community support we have received from both residents in the area, as well as the local business community, has been outstanding,” said Medcalf. “The support we received when we postponed the event from June 24 due to flooding was extremely reassuring.”

Road closures are in effect from 7:45-11:45 a.m. in the area:

n Tronson Road (from Scott Road at the Airport, to Bella Vista).

n Lakeshore Road (from Cummins to Tronson).

Local residents have been notified of detours and accesses available.

“We appreciate residents reducing necessary travel in the area on the morning of Sept. 10, and offer a thanks in advance for co-operation with traffic control professionals.”

Medcalf said several residents have expressed concern regarding road closures and say they are annoyed by the number of events that take place in the area and suggest she use the new running track. Once she explains that this is a swimming/biking/running event so they need the water, and that the Kids Tri is the only one of these events with traffic control and road use permits in place, the residents “tend to understand a little better.”