Australian brings impressive resume to Ultra520K Canada

Australia's Kate Bevilaqua is a three time Ironman champion who will compete in Ultra520K Canada

ALONG WITH SUPPORT crews

ALONG WITH SUPPORT crews

The South Okanagan and Similkameen will host one of North America’s most challenging endurance events: Ultra520K Canada on the August long weekend, the 15th anniversary of the race.

The three-day individual event consists of 520 kilometres of swimming, biking and running. This year’s race features 25 athletes from 11 countries including Canada (five), United States (seven), Australia, Spain (five),Singapore, Ireland, England, Japan, Kazakhstan, Mexico and Guatemala. The field consists of six women and 19 men. In order to be invited, competitors must complete at least an iron distance race (226.3km) in under 14.5 hours during the past 18 months.

There is one returning athlete this year, Ingrid Hillhouse of Houston Tex, who has completed the course in Canada twice. There are also three athletes who participated in previous events as a crew members.

Ultra520K competitors typically have long lists of athletic achievements and this years’ competitors are no exception. Kate Bevilaqua of Australia in particular has a very extensive resume and is well known as a professional in the Ironman circuit having been crowned the women’s division champion of Ironman Western Australia with a personal best of nine hours, 19 minutes, Ironman Louisville and Ironman Korea. In addition to that, Kate has three Half Ironman victories to her credit, as well as multiple finishes at the Ironman World Championships in Hawaii.

“We are very excited to have an athlete with Kate’s credentials doing Ultra520,” said race director Steve Brown in a press release. “I know she has been training hard for the Ultra while keeping with her other training up so she is going to treat us all to a great show of athletic ability. I would say she will be in the top three overall and in with a shot to win this event outright. While the distance may be a little outside of her comfort zone, she is coming with a great support team behind her.”

Day 1 (Aug 1) begins with a 10km swim in Skaha Lake from Penticton to Sovereign Road near Okanagan Falls. After which, athletes complete a 149.8 km bike ride through the South Okanagan, over the Richter Pass, and ending back in Kenyon Park in OK Falls.

Day 2 (Aug 2) continues with competitors cycling a 274.2 KM bike route from Penticton to Osoyoos. They return to OK Falls, then climb “The Wall” to Willowbrook and Twin Lakes on their way to Princeton where they complete an out and back section to Alison Lake to finish at the Princeton Arena.

Day 3 (Aug 3) completes the event with an 84.4 KM run from Princeton to Summerland along the Old Princeton Summerland Road. The athletes finish at Memorial Park in Summerland.

Local residents are invited to witness the end of all stages as follows: Stage 1, Kenyon Park, Okanagan Falls, approximately 2 p.m.; Stage 2, Princeton Arena, approximately 3 p.m., Stage 3 Memorial Park, Summerland approximately 1:30 p.m.

Alternatively, for the first time we will be offering live streaming of selected portions of the event from our website at www.ultra52kcanada.com Shaw Cable have been instrumental in providing the appropriate connections for our technical and have made the streaming possible.

For further information on Ultra520K Canada and this press release visitwww.ultra520kcanada.com or contact Race Director, Steve Brown at (250) 809-1798.

 

 

 

Just Posted

Skeena MLA Ellis Ross. (Photo by Peter Versteege)
BC Liberal leadership candidate condemns ‘senseless violence’ of Okanagan church fires

Skeena MLA Ellis Ross says reconciliation isn’t about revenge for past tragedies

(Black Press file photo)
EDITORIAL: Curtailing attempts at scams

The true total of losses from all scams and frauds could be much higher than the figures on file

Penticton Indian Band Chief Greg Gabriel speaks to the Sacred Hearts Catholic Church burning down early Monday morning, June 21, 2021. (Monique Tamminga Western News)
Penticton band chief condemns suspicious burning of 2 Catholic churches

Both Catholic church fires are deemed suspicious, says RCMP

(Drive BC photo)
Vehicle incident closes Highway 3 east of Osoyoos

Drive BC says to avoid the area until the road is clear

Osoyoos chef Murray McDonald was ecstatic upon realizing he scored the $1 million guaranteed prize in the June 2, 2021 Lotto 6/49 draw. (Contributed)
Osoyoos chef ecstatic after bagging $1 million Lotto 6/49 win

Chef Murray McDonald was at home and ready to doze off to sleep when he got a text from his wife

The border crossing into the United States is seen during the COVID-19 pandemic in Lacolle, Que. on February 12, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson
VIDEO: Border quarantine to soon lift for fully vaccinated Canadians

Eligible travellers must still take multiple COVID-19 tests

Chilliwack secondary school’s principal is apologizing after a quote equating graduation with the end of slavery in the U.S. was included in the 2020-2021 yearbook. (Screenshot from submitted SnapChat)
B.C. student’s yearbook quote equates grad to end of slavery; principal cites editing error

Black former student ‘disgusted’ as CSS principal apologizes for what is called an editing error

A coroner’s inquest will be taking place at the Capitol Theatre in Port Alberni for the next week. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)
Teen B.C. mom who died following police custody recalled as ‘friend to many’

Police sent Jocelyn George to hospital after intoxication had gone ‘beyond the realm’ of normal detox

FILE - In this Nov. 29, 2020, file photo, Las Vegas Raiders defensive end Carl Nassib leaves the field after an NFL football game against the Atlanta Falcons in Atlanta. Nassib on Monday, June 21, 2021, became the first active NFL player to come out as gay. Nassib announced the news on Instagram, saying he was not doing it for the attention but because “I just think that representation and visibility are so important.” (AP Photo/John Bazemore, File)
Nassib becomes first active NFL player to come out as gay

More than a dozen NFL players have come out as gay after their careers were over

Photograph By MICHAEL POTESTIO.KTW
Former Kamloops security gaurd wants job back after kicking incident caught on video

Rick Eldridge quit when a video surfaced of him kicking a man outside a facility for homeless

People participated in a walk to honour the 215 children found at a former Kamloops residential school, as well as residential school survivors. (Twila Amato/Black Press Media)
Kelowna marks National Indigenous Peoples’ Day with walk to remember Kamloops 215

“Let’s speak the truth and deal with the truth, and heal.”

COVID-19 daily cases reported to B.C. public health, seven-day moving average to June 17, 2021. (B.C. Centre for Disease Control)
B.C.’s COVID-19 infections drop to 90 on Sunday, 45 Monday

Pandemic spread dwindles as 77% of adults receive vaccine

A home on Cameo Drive sustained major damage due to an early morning fire Monday, June 21. (Roger Knox - Morning Star)
UPDATE: Fire sparked during Vernon home renovation

Heavy black smoke from Cameo Drive home, no one inside

The new Civic Memorial Park will incorporate pieces of the 80-year-old arena it replaces. (Artists rendering)
Pieces of Civic Arena reclaimed for new Vernon park

City centre space to incorporate wood from the historic arena

Most Read