Inaugural White Lake Triathlon hits the ground running

85 competitors take part in community family friendly event

The first-ever White Lake Triathlon took place last weekend with healthy attendance from onlookers and participants.

On Sunday, June 23, more than 200 people gathered together to celebrate community, physical activity and the surroundings of White Lake.

Read more: Kelowna Apple Triathlon and Triathlon Canada cancel Sunday’s races

Read more: Video: Okanagan man and his feline cycling companions

The event began with the call of the loons echoing over the lake, welcoming all 85 participants to the area. Some participants completed all three events while others were divided into teams and each took one sport to complete.

The White Lake Triathlon was organized by the White Lake Residents Association with the goal of building community in a fun and active way. One of its main goals was to attract community members who had never tried a triathlon to participate in a community event and in a new sport.

Volunteers of all ages came to help out, young children were handing out Gatorade to athletes or selling pizza to hungry spectators, teens were patrolling the waters on kayaks and dozens of seniors were involved with timing or directing traffic for the bikers.

“We had amazing volunteers,” said Aron Zuidhof, head organizer for the event. “Their infectious energy and positive spirit is what we cherish about living in this community.”

Read more: Cycling as an Okanagan community in focus for Vernon Tourism

Read more: Revelstoke swimmer headed to World Junior Swimming Championships

A participant in the triathlon was happy to see the community come together over the event.

“One of the biggest highlights is seeing families participate together,” said Mel Brandsma. “We had over a dozen families who decided to be active together and those are memories that they will have for a lifetime.”

A statement from the triathlon’s organizers highlights four boys ages 8 and 9 years old who were the youngest participants to complete the Tri-Tri event, and Lea Lea King for earning the White Lake Spirit Award as well as the Lady Striders for being the oldest participants.


Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.


More than 200 people attended the first annual White Lake Triathlon on Sunday, June 23. (Aaron Zuidhof photo)

Some participants completed all three events while others were divided into teams and each took one sport to complete at the White Lake Triathlon on Sunday, June 23. (Aaron Zuidhof photo)

Just Posted

Man arrested in Kelowna following Shuswap vehicle thefts, pursuit

Suspect wanted in Alberta allegdly also stole several vehicles near Sicamous over the weekend

Guess Who has started a band in the Shuswap? Legendary guitarist Donnie McDougall

Band to play pair of shows in the Malakwa area before setting out on tour

Okanagan-Shuswap weather: mix of sun and clouds

Environment Canada is predicting a 30 per cent chance of showers and a risk of thunderstorms this afternoon across the Okanagan

Salmon Arm artists spread paint at home and abroad

Rebecca Shepherd and Roxi Hermsen apply experience to local mural painting business

Cherries ripening for the picking in Salmon Arm

U-pick owner says it’s not all doom and gloom as it might be for some Okanagan growers

West Kelowna vet saves turtle from hook

Dr. Moshe Oz removed fish hook lodged in the turtle’s throat

RCMP investigating alleged ‘sexual misconduct’ by cyclist on BCIT campus

BCIT said they were reviewing video evidence of the incident

New home cost dips in B.C.’s large urban centres

Victoria, Kelowna, Vancouver prices decline from last year

Parking price hike could free up spots in downtown Kelowna

By-the-hour parking in evenings aimed to boost vehicle turnover in popular spots

Snapshot: Puppy-dog eyes for Shuswap Children’s Association

Secure shredding fundraisersponsored by H&R Block

Graphic suicide scene edited out of ‘13 Reasons Why’ finale

Suicide prevention groups support the decision

Nine kittens and cats rescued after being locked in bins in northern B.C.: SPCA

SPCA says cats were starving, and matted with feces and urine

10th year for South Okanagan Cherry Pit Contest

The event is a fun-filled way to celebrate the local harvest

Most Read