The Canyon Lake Triathlon and Fitness Club kicked off its triathlon season with a Super Sprint Triathlon on Saturday, Mar. 24. Seventeen people lined up at the starting line, including a few people who had never participated in a triathlon before. Racers ran 1.5 miles, biked six miles and then swam 150 yards in the pool.
It was no surprise that Stefanie Cullingford, who last year finished 13th out of 90 of the top-ranked females ages 25 to 29 at the World Finals in Rotterdam, Netherlands, came in first place. Close behind Stefanie was top male finisher Ben Wells. Everyone finished the course and enjoyed muffins and stories afterward.
Canyon Lake Triathlon and Fitness Club invites all fitness enthusiasts to get involved. The club’s next event is the 7th Annual Tour de Canyon Lake on Saturday, Apr. 14 at 9 a.m. This event is a non-competitive 15-mile group ride through the community, starting from the lodge and continuing to each of the gates and the campground.
The event is open to all members of the community and there is no cost to participate. Participants are asked to bring pet food donations for Animal Friends of the Valleys in exchange for a free Tour de Canyon Lake T-shirt.
The Triathlon and Fitness Club was founded in 2010 with a vision of promoting a healthy lifestyle through swimming, cycling, running and other cross-training activities. Its mission is to help club members achieve their goals through free monthly races and group practices. The club hosts a number of annual community events including the Community 5K/10K Fun Run, Tour de Canyon Lake and the Paddle N Pedal Regatta, which is scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 11, at Indian Beach. For more information, visit canyonlaketriathlonclub.com or the club’s Facebook page at Canyon Lake Triathlon Club.