Hot summer encourages new triathletes

Sunday's Long Lake Triathlon may have benefited from the hot, dry days in recent weeks, with a record amount of participants coming out for the sixth annual event.

Sunday’s Long Lake Triathlon may have benefited from the hot, dry days in recent weeks, with a record amount of participants coming out for the sixth annual event.

“I’ve known about it for years and often I’ve been out of town or just not up to the task,” said first-time participant Bill Parry. “And to be honest, I don’t like jumping in the local lakes unless it’s nice, and with this summer—it’s just my rough theory—there was no problem jumping in there.

“With all the sun we’ve been having, I guess it’s been two months in a row without rain, it really does heat up.”

“It still looked like it was cold to me,” added team-participant Sue Bogle, who undertook the running leg of the race. “But that probably helped.”

About 50 triathletes participated in the event, up from last year’s 36. Starting at the Long Lake boat launch, athletes began with a one-kilometre swim, followed by a 15.5-kilometre cycle on Riverdale trails, and ended with a six-kilometre run on trails in the Long Lake area.

Competing in the master men’s division, Parry completed the course with the fastest individual time, coming in at one hour, 41 minutes and 20 seconds. The Whitehorse resident credits his performance to having trained for, and competed in, a half-Ironman triathlon in Osoyoos, BC, in July, finishing third in his age category. Nonetheless, as a 54-year-old, he was not expecting top results.

“That kind of surprised me,” said Parry. “I was pretty happy about that. My advantage is definitely training for the Ironman in July. It really set it up nicely going into the Long Lake one. I qualified for the (full) Ironman, but I’m not ready to go. I’m hoping to go in it down the road.”

Coming out of the swimming leg of the race, Parry was more than three minutes behind last year’s winner, Tim Sellars, who finished second on Sunday. Parry, who finished fifth overall in last weekend’s River Trail Marathon, managed to catch Sellars midway through the final leg of the race.

“I have been a runner most of my life,” said Parry. “Everyone has a strong suit—running would be my most comfortable leg.

“I think Tim is a very strong swimmer.”

Despite Parry’s surprise at winning, Jan Polivka, who won first-place in the open men’s category, says age is not always much of a factor in endurance events.

“When you are older, it’s a better age for longer distances,” said Polivka. “So if you’re over 40, it’s often better than being 28.

“The best marathon runners are around 36. If the event is over an hour and a half, usually the older people win.”

Polivka, who finished with a time of 1:47:33, led his division for most of the race but still credits his win to bad luck experienced by the open-men’s second-place winner Lars Johansson.

“I can tell you why I won,” said Polivka. “Lars Johansson broke his (bike) chain, almost at the end of the bike leg. He was like five minutes ahead of me.”

As fast as the individual competitors were, the fastest time was had by the winners of the team event, “Haley’s Comet,” which consists of Haley Braga, Sue Bogle and Jerome McIntyre. The trio completed the course in 1:34:27.

Braga, who was the youngest competitor at the age of 12, turned out to be an asset.

“Haley did amazing in the lake,” said Bogle. “She was second out of the water and Jerome had about two-and-a-half minutes to overtake the (leading cyclist) and he overtook her after about 10 minutes.”

As a member of the Whitehorse Glacier Bears Swim Club, Braga competed in an open-water competition early last month in Victoria, BC, finishing 3rd in the girls 12-and-under division.

“I think we’ll do next year as well,” said Bogle. “Until Haley thinks we’re getting too old and dumps us.

“She’s going to get better and better. And we’re going to get older and older.”

Laura Salmon won the open women’s division with a time of 1:53:25.


Men’s masters

1st Bill Parry – 1:41:20

2nd Tim Sellars – 1:43:49

3rd Marcus Waterreus – 1:46:34

4th Steve Burrows – 1:54:04

5th Sandro Holzinger – 2:02:40

6th Kyle Janzen – 2:19:18

7th Randy Lamb – 2:46:26

8th Rick Janowicz – 3:11:27

Cory Goraon – DNF

Open men’s

1st Jan Polivka – 1:47:33

2nd Lars Johansson – 1:48:51

3rd Petr Polivka – 1:52:36

Desh Seieraberg – DNF

Thomas Luxemburg – DNF

Jonathon Kerr – DNF

Open women’s

1st Laura Salmon – 1:53:25

2nd Julia Gerlach – 1:53

3rd Grace Menning – 1:55:10

4th Miriam Lukszov – 2:05:59

5th Holly Goulding – 2:11:05

6th Lorna Luxemburg – 2:28:24

Nadele Flynn – DNF


1st Haley’s Comet – 1:34:27

2nd Menage a trios – 1:53:18

3rd Sausage Party – 1:53:22

4th Philipping Out – 1:55:56

5th Wendy’s Team – 2:03:58

Contact Tom Patrick at

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Fines for contravening the fire ban start at $1,150 and could go as high as $100,000. File photo
Yukon campgrounds will open on May 1 this year. (Black Press file)
Yukon campgrounds to open early

Yukon campgrounds will open on May 1 this year. The early opening… Continue reading

Yukonomist Keith Halliday
Yukonomist: The aesthetics and economics of highway strips

One of the many cultural experiences you enjoy while driving from Whitehorse… Continue reading

Artwork by Grade 2 student Faith showing her thanks for everyone.
Artwork by Grade 2 student Faith showing her thanks for everyone. (Submitted)
Yukon kids express gratitude for nature, pets and friends in art campaign

More than 50 children submitted artwork featuring things they are grateful for

Team Yukon skip Laura Eby, left, directs her team as Team Northern Ontario skip Krysta Burns looks on at the Scotties Tournament of Hearts in Calgary on Feb. 22. (Jeff McIntosh/CP)
Team Yukon reports positive experience at Scotties

Team Yukon played their final game at the national championship in Calgary on Thursday afternoon

A sign indicating a drop-off area behind Selkirk Elementary school in Whitehorse on Feb. 25. (Haley Ritchie/Yukon News)
Parking lot proposal for Selkirk Elementary criticized

Parents and school council are raising concerns about green space and traffic woes

Tom Ullyett, pictured, is the first Yukoner to receive the Louis St-Laurent Award of Excellence from the Canadian Bar Association for his work as a community builder and mentor in the territory. (Gabrielle Plonka/Yukon News)
Tom Ullyett wins lifetime achievement award from the Canadian Bar Association

Ullyett has worked in the Yukon’s justice ecosystem for 36 years as a public sector lawyer and mentor

The Blood Ties outreach van will now run seven nights a week, thanks to a boost in government funding. Logan Godin, coordinator, and Jesse Whelen, harm reduction counsellor, are seen here on May 12, 2020. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)
Blood Ties outreach van running seven nights a week with funding boost

The Yukon government is ramping up overdose response, considering safe supply plan

Ranj Pillai speaks to media about business relief programs in Whitehorse on April 1, 2020. The Yukon government announced Feb.25 that it will extend business support programs until September. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News)
Government extends business relief programs to September, launches new loan

“It really gives folks some help with supporting their business with cash flow.”

Whitehorse City Hall. (Joel Krahn/Yukon News file)
A look at decisions made by Whitehorse City Council this week

Bylaw amendment Whitehorse city council is moving closer with changes to a… Continue reading

Susie Rogan is a veteran musher with 14 years of racing experience and Yukon Journey organizer. (Yukon Journey Facebook)
Yukon Journey mushers begin 255-mile race

Eleven mushers are participating in the race from Pelly Crossing to Whitehorse

Legislative assembly on the last day of the fall sitting in Whitehorse on Nov. 22, 2018. As the legislature prepares to return on March 4, the three parties are continuing to finalize candidates in the territory’s 19 ridings. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)
Nine new candidates confirmed in Yukon ridings

It has been a busy two weeks as the parties try to firm up candidates

David Malcolm, 40, has been charged with assaulting and attempting to disarm a police officer after an incident in Whitehorse on Feb. 18. (Phil McLachlan/Capital News)
Man resists arrest, assaults officer

A Whitehorse man has been charged with assaulting and attempting to disarm… Continue reading

Yukon Energy in Whitehorse on Aug. 4, 2020. A site on Robert Service Way near the Alaska Highway has been selected as the future home of Yukon Energy’s energy storage project. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)
Site selected for Yukon Energy battery project

Planned to be in service by the end of 2022

Most Read