Age Group Ex­cel­lence

Triathlon Magazine Canada - - Feature Triathlete Of The Year Awards -

Whenit comes to rac­ing over 60, Canada is quickly be­com­ing the world’s Iron­man su­per­power. Things got rolling for Canada at the Iron­man 70.3 World Cham­pi­onship in Hen­der­son, Nev. ( just out­side of Las Ve­gas) in Septem­ber, where Delta, B.C.’s Carol Peters took the women’s 60– 64 crown. North Van­cou­ver’s Cullen Goodyear took the 65– 69 ti­tle, beat­ing Amer­i­can leg­end Cherie Gru­en­feld, an 11-time world cham­pion, in the process. Not to be out­done by the ladies, Pen­tic­ton, B.C.’s Mur­ray MacPher­son and Al­ton, Ont.’s Bob Knuckey took the men’s ti­tles in the two 60– 69 cat­e­gories. Last year’s TMC Triath­lete of the Year, Mi­los Kos­tic (the pride of Regina), wasn’t able to de­fend his 70–74 world ti­tle in Ne­vada, but still man­aged an im­pres­sive third place fin­ish.

A month later the Cana­dian se­nior dom­i­na­tion con­tin­ued as Bev­erly Wat­son of Prid­dis, Alta., Goodyear and Kos­tic all cap­tured age group wins at the Iron­man World Cham­pi­onship in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii.

Wat­son came from be­hind dur­ing the marathon and, by the 11 km mark, as­sumed the lead where she kept it right to the fin­ish line to claim the women’s 60– 64 age group. She swam 1:13:07, biked 5:57:50 and ran 4: 26:39 for a to­tal time of 11:50: 41. Goodyear clinched the age group win by tak­ing the early lead dur­ing the bike ride and she stayed strong the rest of the way to win the women’s 65– 59 age group by close to seven min­utes. She swam 1:15: 44, biked 6: 23:35 and ran 5:05: 49 for a win­ning time of 12:57:17. Kos­tic won his sev­enth Iron­man age group ti­tle with a come-frombe­hind per­for­mance on the marathon. He took the lead at the 8 km mark and ran 4:08:03 to win the age cat­e­gory by a whop­ping 67 min­utes. He swam 1:39:17 and biked 6:01: 48 for a 12:03:38 fin­ish.

The Cana­dian pres­ence on the podium in Kona was huge. Lon­don, Ont.’s Rose­mary Wed­lake took sec­ond in the women’s 60– 64 cat­e­gory (12:08: 46) and Chicoutimi, Que.’s Pierre Lavoie did the same in the men’s 50– 54 di­vi­sion ( 9: 23:30). Kenora, Ont.’s Edie

Fisher posted a 10:59: 41 fin­ish to clinch third in the women’s 55– 59 cat­e­gory, while Ottawa’s Len Ire­land took fourth among men 60– 64 (10: 42:35) and Syd­ney, N. S.’s Julie Curwin placed fifth among women 45– 49 (10: 24:52).

Two weeks later, in Maui, Hawaii, for the Xterra World Champs, Wat­son added another amaz­ing per­for­mance to a year that in­cluded an age-group win at Iron­man Texas when she took the 60– 64 cat­e­gory in 4:15:06 to take her sixth world ti­tle.

Just as our toy panel was get­ting com­fort­able with pick­ing all our award win­ners this year, Bob Knuckey crossed the line in an other-worldly 10: 44:09 to take the men’s 65– 69 cat­e­gory by a whop­ping 68 min­utes.– KM

op­po­site top Bob Knuckey on his way to win­ning the 65– 69 age group at the 2013 Iron­man Ari­zona in Tempe, Ariz. Carol Peters rac­ing the 2013 Iron­man 70.3 World Cham­pi­onship in Hen­der­son, Nev. Bev­erly Wat­son fin­ishes the 2013 Iron­man World Cham­pi­onship lef

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