‘Any­thing is pos­si­ble’

Lo­cal cou­ple ex­cited for Summerside com­pe­ti­tion Sun­day

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - SPORTS -

The sport of triathlon has had a big im­pact on the lives of one Summerside cou­ple.

Dave Perry and his wife, San­dra, have used the three el­e­ments of the sport - swimming, cy­cling and run­ning - to lose a com­bined 190 pounds over the past six years.

“We started with a work­place chal­lenge to run 5K in 2009, caught the fit­ness bug and now we love tak­ing part in events such as this,” said San­dra this week. “We went from couch pota­toes to an ac­tive cou­ple par­tic­i­pat­ing in as many races as we can.

“When I look back and com­pare my­self then to where I am now, I know any­thing is pos­si­ble.”

The cou­ple en­ters nu­mer­ous road races and triathlons through­out the re­gion.

“I used to dream of own­ing a con­vert­ible,” says Dave, “but now all I ever want is a new pair of sneak­ers.”

Tri-Lob­ster Triathlon

The Per­rys will be two of the en­tries go­ing through their paces at the first ever Tri-Lob­ster Triathlon on the Summerside wa­ter­front on Sun­day. It is part of the Summerside Lob­ster Fes­ti­val.

A large en­try is ex­pected for the event, which will act as a qual­i­fier for the world cham­pi­onships at the Olympic dis­tance. In ad­di­tion to the full race, there are cat­e­gories of­fered in duathlon - run and bike only - a su­per sprint and a sprint, in ad­di­tion to a Kids Of Steel race for those aged be­tween five and 12.

“We are de­lighted and ex­cited to be host­ing the Tri-Lob­ster Triathlon,” said Triathlon P.E.I. pres­i­dent and race di­rec­tor Billy Mac­Don­ald. “Not only will it be an op­por­tu­nity for the se­ri­ous triath­letes to gain a qual­i­fy­ing time for the worlds, it is a chance for ath­letes of all ages and abil­i­ties to par­tic­i­pate in what will be a great event.

“We have worked hard to put this to­gether with the City of Summerside, and we will be ready to host many of the finest triath­letes in the re­gion.”

The start time will be 9 a.m., and the Kids of Steel will com­mence at 2 p.m.

More de­tails on the event, in­clud­ing how to register, can be found at www.trilob­ster.ca, or by go­ing to the Tri-Lob­ster Triathlon Face­book page.

All par­tic­i­pants must be reg­is­tered by Satur­day, July 18, as no regis­tra­tions will be taken on race day.

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San­dra MacKin­non-Perry and her hus­band, Dave, will be two of the par­tic­i­pants this week­end at the Tri-Lob­ster triathlon at the Summerside wa­ter­front. The cou­ple has used el­e­ments of triathlon to em­brace a healthy lifestyle, go­ing from self-con­fessed “couch pota­toes” to en­ter­ing nu­mer­ous road races and triathlon events.

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