A herd of Millers raced towards the finish line Sunday afternoon during the Peach Classic Triathlon in Penticton.
Niels De Vries of Calgary captured the sprint distance title in one hour, six minutes and 13 seconds. He ran in the men’s 16-19 group. He said he hit a wall at the beginning of the run.
“You come in from the bike and a kilometre in you hit this huge hill. It’s the last leg of the race and your lungs are already burning and chest is throbbing. You have to find the gas to race up this hill,” said De Vries.
Alesha Miller was the top Vernon athlete, placing seventh overall. She was the second fastest female and won the 20-24 age group at 1:13.04.
Christa Miller finished third in the same age group with 1:18.38.
Michael Cotie placed eighth in the men’s 50-54 category in 1:22.56.
Russ Miller finished third in the men’s 60-64 age group in 1:32.02.
A 1:33.07 gave Mike Everett second in the men’s 65-69 group.
Coldstream’s Elizabeth Ariano finished 1:29.13 for fourth in the female 50-54.
Victoria’s Shawn Wilyman won the Olympic distance, as he finished in 2:00.11. He was in the 25-29 group.
“I was fourth or fifth out of the water and had a carrot to chase on the bikewhich is always fun. I caught them right near the end of the bike and took the lead heading out on the run,” said Wilyman.
Vernon’s Alex Wallace finished 10th in the men’s 55-59 Olympic distance, in 2:59.50.
Coldstream’s James Cotter and Cathy Cotter placed fourth in their respective divisions.
James finished men’s 45-49 division with 2:43.42.
Cathy ran to fourth in the women’s 45-49 group with 2:50.15.