Vernon's Kim Hanson gives the thumbs up as she heads out on the bike course at the Kal RATS Sprint Triathlon Sunday morning at Kin Beach.

Vernon's Kim Hanson gives the thumbs up as she heads out on the bike course at the Kal RATS Sprint Triathlon Sunday morning at Kin Beach.

Champness recaptures Kal RATS Sprint crown

Vernon’s Nathan Champness wins his third Kal RATS Sprint Triathlon in four year Sunday at Kin Beach.

After a one-year hiatus, Vernon’s Nathan Champness regained his Kal RATS Sprint Triathlon crown.

Champness, who missed last year’s event recovering from hernia surgery, recorded his third Kal sprint win in four years, finishing the 750-metre swim, 18.5-km bike and 5-km run in 58 minutes and 43 seconds. He was exactly four minutes ahead of runner-up Kelowna’s Chad Reid (1:02:43), who shaded Kelowna’s Gary Wade by just six seconds.

Kelowna’s Dannica Wade was the top female (1:11:36), finishing ahead of Vernon athletes Laura Medcalf (1:12:43) and Alesha Miller (1:12:55).

North Okanagan racers earning age-group podium finishes include: Craig Goplen (1st, M50-54, 1:09:15), Scott Wallace (1st, M25-29, 1:11:28), Barrie Voth (2nd, M30-34, 1:15:20), Marin Carruthers (1st, U19 Girls, 1:16:08), Andre Ortmayr (3rd, M50-54, 1:19:08), Myra Mattila (1st, F50-54, 1:19:18), Christa Miller (3rd, F20-24, 1:19:48), Lynda Proce (1st, F55-59, 1:20:36), Mike Everett (2nd, M65-69, 1:21:30), Michael Wray (1st, M40-44, 1:25:58), Cathy Mori (3rd, F55-59, 1:28:10), Curtis Wallace (3rd, M30-34, 1:28:24), Terri Gillespie (3rd, F30-34, 1:32:344), Linda Conrad (2nd, F60-64, 1:41:47), Trevor Carpenter (3rd, M40-44, 1:45:36) and Shon Ostafew (1st, M60-64, 1:48:29).

Meanwhile, Vernon’s Heather Wurtele set a new course record in winning Ironman Coeur d’Alene Sunday in Washington.

Wurtele crushed the 180-km bike leg in 5:07:03, and followed it up with a 3:09:02 marathon, setting a new benchmark of 9:16:02.

Already the world’s No. 1 ranked woman in the Ironman 70.3, this was her first full distance Ironman race this season.

Racing on the same day at Ironman 70.3 Mt. Tremblant, Que., Heather’s husband Trevor laid down an exceptional 21.1-km run (1:13:52) to take fourth overall in the pro elites.

Mt. Tremblant will be the site for the 2014 Ironman 70.3 World Championships.