Although the number of participants was down from some past years, Mother Nature cooperated in full measure to ensure the 38th annual Deep River Triathlon was a big success.
Christine Armstrong, the town’s recreation and program coordinator said 74 participants took part in this year’s iteration of the event, and chalked that up to a couple of things.
“It’s a non-Summerfest year, and people are coming back from COVID,” Armstrong said, adding that many people are now interested in spending time with their families at this time of year now that the pandemic is over.
But the weather conditions for the event, Armstrong noted, were “fantastic,” and that included the water temperature in the Ottawa River.
As in past years, the traditional course consisted of a 750 metre swim, followed by a 27 km cycle and an 8 km run.
The Sprint course, meanwhile, encompassed the same 750 metre swim, but was followed by an 18 km cycle and a 5 km run.
The longer course was won this year by Max Guerout, who led the pack with a time of 1:25:47.
Guerout not only beat the 1:29:53 mark set by last year’s triathlon winner, Len Gushe, but he also shaved 15 minutes off his 2022 own result, when Guerout placed third in the event…
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