On the weekend, Canada’s best triathletes faced-off to determine who was Canada’s top triathlete. Amelie Kretz won her second straight title in the women’s race. Meanwhile, Kyle Jones won the men’s championship for the third straight year.
The men’s race featured a talented pool of athletes including, American Allen Webb, who holds the nation’s fastest mile time of 3:46.91. Additionally, Canadian Alexander Hinton, last year’s U23 Champion was there as well and Francis Lefebvre and Alexis Lepage who were previously winners of the Canadian Junior Championships.
The swim was fast with the men coming out of the water in 9 minutes and 10 seconds. The cycling portion of the course was hilly with lots of tough turns. After the race, Hinton commented that, “there were lots of attacks on the bike. Everyone kept trying to break off the front.” Despite a competitive bike section, a group of 15 athletes headed to the second transition off-the-bike together.
From there, Jones ran with the leaders and pulled ahead during the second lap of the 5 km run. Jones completed the 5 km run in a blissfully fast time of 14:24. Americans Allen Webb and Kaleb Vanhort finished the race merely seconds behind Jones.
Coming in fourth place in the men’s race was Alexander Hinton. While this wasn’t quite the overall position that Hinton was hoping for it did earn him the title of U23 Canadian Champion. Hinton is hoping to compete next at the World Triathlon Championships in Edmonton. However, at the time this post was authored, the Canadian team had still not been selected.
In the women’s race, Amelie Kretz broke ahead after the bike, where she managed to get a 30 second lead. After that, she exploded onto the run and no one would catch up to her. She ran her 5 km in 17:24, finishing 30 seconds ahead of Canada’s Johanna Brown and American Summer Cook.