Nicole Ellis, left, and Jonathon Hlus of Edmonton put their best foot forward during a stretching session for the Challenge Penticton Underpants Run on Friday in Penticton. The triathlon itself is on Sunday, starting at 6:15 a.m.
"People keep asking me if I'm stressed and I'm not," said Barb Haynes. "I think because I have an amazing team who all know what they're doing. They're executing their jobs in a way that's absolutely fabulous."
Sunday's inaugural triathlon starts early, with the first wave of professional swimmers hitting the water at 6:15 a.m. The total number of athletes participating in both singles and relay portions is about 1,400.
Haynes said on Friday that the final details are falling into place, with the athletes checking in and the athlete's expo at Gyro Park buzzing with activity.
"We're getting really low on merchandise, which is a great thing because people are buying," she said. "People love the product, love the design, and it's going very well."
The mood around the city and for those visiting appears "casual" and "feels very much more connected back to the athlete, back to what it used to be," she added.
Today, the athletes will be checking their bikes into Rotary Park between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. The expo is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and the beer gardens in Gyro Park run from 2 to 10 p.m.
Friday featured a pair of wacky events: the underpants run through downtown in the morning, followed by Walk a Mile in Her Shoes, which saw several males slip into women's high-heeled shoes to raise funds for the South Okanagan Women in Need Society. The fun wrapped up with the athletes' dinner and race meeting, followed by the Street Dance Festival on Main Street.
After months of preparation and planning, Haynes said it's nice to watch everything coming together.
"To see the build actually occur and to see all the pieces come together and folks just having a great time, it feels extraordinarily rewarding," she said.