Students from Ponoka Secondary Campus swim, run and bike during a triathlon on June 10. Photos submitted

Swimming, biking and running to victory

PSC student complete triathlon race

A group of 17 dedicated athletes from Ponoka Secondary Campus (PSC) experienced their first triathlon on Monday, June 10.

After nine weeks of training for an hour and 20 minutes, five days a week, it was all worth it when each of them crossed the finish line.

“They were dedicated to their training and it was just a great way to finish the option,” said physical education teacher Liane Amdam.

The students were in Amdam’s triathlon option class.

“It went awesome,” she said, adding that although some students struggled, they all completed the race.

The race began with a 350 metre swim (14 lengths) at the Ponoka Aquaplex, then an 8 km bike and a 3 km run. The route went through the east side of town in Riverside, with the run portion going along the Battle River walking trail.

Training included a lot of swimming, biking and running, of course, as well as weight training, stretching out after each session and keeping a journal of their experience.

The race was a good way for them to experience how it felt to do all the events together and get a true triathlon experience, although doing each event consecutively was harder than some of them expected, says Amdam.

Two teams entered the race. The winning team was Laura Wilson, Courtney Spelrum and Emily McMillan with a time of 47 minutes and 50 seconds.

The individual winners were Wyatt Avery for the males with a time of 48 minutes and 56 seconds and Haylee Louis-Smallboy at 55 minutes and three seconds for the females.

Community sponsors and donations helped to purchase T-shirts and water bottles for the students and prizes for the winners, such as gift cards and gift baskets.

“Every student went home with a prize.”

After the success of the event this year, Amdam hopes to expand it next year to include more students and staff.

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