Ian Krebs' kids â€” Jake and Sasha â€” cheered him on with a home-made poster at the Apple Triathlon in downtown Kelowna on Sunday. The encouragement helped push Krebs, as he finished much better than in 2012.
Sarah MacArthur of Calgary had the fastest women's time in the marquee Olympic-length event at Sunday's 31st annual Kelowna Apple Triathlon, but only by two seconds.
"I knew there was someone right behind me," said the 22-year-old who finished in a time of two hours, fifteen minutes and 28 seconds.
"Two seconds is so close when you consider that you've done the whole course (of 1.5 kilometre swim, 40 kilometre cycle and 10 kilometre run)."
The woman hot on her heels was Kelowna's own Malindi Elmore with a time of 2:15:30, who competed in the 1,500 metre run at the 2004 Olympics in Athens.
MacArthur, who's also won Olympic-length triathlons in Nelson and Invermere so far this season, found the Kelowna Apple difficult.
"The swim seemed long, the bike was OK, but then the run was hot and hard and there was some other girl in front of me until the last kilometre when I passed her and then Malindi was right behind me," she said.
However, Elmore did snag the B.C. Triathlon Championship as the fastest B.C. woman.
Since MacArthur is from Calgary, she didn't qualify for that title.
The overall mens winner on the Olympic-length course was Nathan Champness of Vernon with the only time of the day under two hours at 1:59:39.
However, due to the new format of sending racers out at different times according to event, sex and age, Champness appeared to finish in the middle of the pack.
Therefore, there wasn't the same fanfare as in the past when elite racers were sent out first and there was the drama of the first over the finish line being first overall.
Champness also cut out before the awards ceremony, so no one saw him pick up his medals and B.C. championship either.
It didn't look like Champness, 30, would win the Olympic-length tri because he was slower out of the water (elite athlete speaking) at 24:03.
Overall second place winner Carlos Lesser of Victoria (in 2:00:49) was quickest out of the water at 20:02, but Champness prevailed with the best cycling and run times.
Depending on who you talk to the rivalry between Penticton training buddies Tom Evans and Dave Matheson is either non-existent or fierce.
"It was all just friendly fun," said Evans, who won the mens age 45-49 category with 2:03:05.
"Definitely I'm competitive with Tom, even if we are in different age groups," added Matheson, who was first in the mens age 40-44 with 2:04:30.
Evans, a former professional triathlete who won Ironman races in 2008, now trains and races for fun and is a dentist in Penticton.
Matheson, an accountant, won the Ultra Man Canada three-day endurance triathlon a couple of weeks ago in Penticton.
Really, you only trained for 10 days?!
"Yes, it hurt. I wanted to give up right after it started at about the 150 metre mark in the swim," said Chris Hildebrandt, who won a raffle for a place in the sprint event Aug. 7.
The sprint is half the distance of the Olympic-length with a 750 metre swim, 20 kilometre cycle and five kilometre run.
Hildebrandt, whose only exercise was jogging over two years ago, got ready by swimming 750 metres in Okanagan Lake every morning for 10 days and cycling the actual race course on a 1970s-era
10-speed on his way to work at Sun-Rype.
He didn't bother running because he'd done that in the past.
However, that decision came back to bite him in the race because the five kilometres was painful.
The end result?
Hildebrandt plans to do the Apple next year.
'Yah, Go Daddy Go,' read the sign Sasha and Jake Krebs were waving for their father Ian.
"I heard them and saw the poster on the first lap of the bike and at the finish line," said Ian, 43.
"I think it did really help because I finished in a way better time than I did last year."
Crowds and money
A total of 1,200 athletes competed in various events (kids camps, swims, Try a Tri, youth races) over three days.
Athlete spending along with the cash dropped by family, friends and spectators during the Kelowna Apple long weekend is estimated to be $8 million.