Whitehorse champ competes in ironman

Just two months after winning her first triathlon, Kerri Paterson has completed the Mount Everest of sports events. The Whitehorse resident competed in Subaru Ironman Canada in Penticton, B.C.

Just two months after winning her first triathlon, Kerri Paterson has completed the Mount Everest of sports events.

The Whitehorse resident competed in Subaru Ironman Canada in Penticton, B.C., on Sunday.

Paterson completed the 3.8-kilometre swim, 180-kilometre bike ride, and a 42-kilometre run in 12 hours, 33 minutes and 43 seconds.

That time put her in 975th place overall out of 2576 participants and 44th out of 155 for women 35-39.

“It was interesting. I’ve done three half ironmans and it was so different,” said Paterson. “You’d think they’d be the same thing, but they really are quite different. There’s a lot more control involved, making sure you keep your heart rate down and not going out too quickly.”

Paterson’s most recent half ironman was the Vancouver International Triathlon in July, placing 98th overall and 18th out of 65 competitors in her division. She also came 25th overall out of 94 competitors and ninth in her division at the Osoyoos Desert Half Iron Man Triathlon in Kelowna, B.C., last summer.

She won the women’s Olympic division at the Whitehorse Triathlon in June and placed second last year.

Paterson has also twice won the solo women’s division at the Kluane Chilkat International Bike Relay.

“The toughest part was probably the last 10 kilometres of the run,” said Paterson. “I was really scared for the swim, but I positioned myself on the far left and back a bit so I wouldn’t get trampled on. I got a few knocks and bumps because it’s just a massive amount of people that start in the water at the same time.

“The bike was great. I just had to hold back, which was different for me. Normally I’m trying to go faster rather than keeping it under control.

“The run started off really great. I had a few stomach issues, but it continued to go well until the last 10 kilometres. My feet started to get really sore and my knees were really sore from the pounding on the pavement.”

Paterson was one of four Whitehorse triathletes in Sunday’s ironman. All four were within 100 spots of each other.

Stephen Rose finished just four spots up from Paterson in 971st overall and 34th for men 55-59. His time was 12:33:13. His place was 54 spots higher than his placement in 2009 and 439 spots higher than in 2004.

Brian Macdonald crossed the finish line in 12:38:27, putting him 1013th overall and 182nd for men 40-44.

Lawrence Ignace placed 190th out of 350 for men 40-44 and 1071st overall with a time of 12:46:48. Ignace finished 100th – 12th for men 35-39 – at the Osoyoos Desert Half Iron Man Triathlon last summer and won the Tour de Whitehorse’s sport men division last year.

The 30th annual event was the last in Penticton. After three decades the event is moving to a new location that has yet to be selected.

Next year Penticton will host the 2013 Challenge Penticton, sponsored by Challenge Family, which hosts ironman distance races in New Zealand, the Canary Islands, Germany and Spain.

“Both the extraordinary support of my parents, sisters and (partner) Steve (Ball), all of who were in Penticton at the race cheering me on and knowing that I had great friends here at home in the Yukon rooting for me, really made this long grueling event the success it was for me,” said Paterson. “Without the support of these people, this accomplishment wouldn’t feel quite as great.”

Contact Tom Patrick at

tomp@yukon-news.com

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

Just Posted

Premier Sandy Silver, left, and Yukon’s Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Brendan Hanley speak at a COVID-19 update press conference in Whitehorse on Nov. 19. On Nov. 24, Silver and Hanley announced masks will be mandatory in public places as of Dec. 1, and encouraged Yukoners to begin wearing masks immediately. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)
Masks mandatory in public places starting on Dec. 1

“The safe six has just got a plus one,” Silver said.

Dr. Brendan Hanley, Yukon’s chief medical officer of health, speaks at a press conference in Whitehorse on March 30. Hanley announced three more COVID-19 cases in a release on Nov. 21. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)
Three more COVID-19 cases, new exposure notice announced

The Yukon’s Chief Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Brendan Hanley, announced three… Continue reading

Yukonomist Keith Halliday
Yukonomist: COVID-19 strikes another blow at high-school students

They don’t show up very often in COVID-19 case statistics, but they… Continue reading

The Cornerstone housing project under construction at the end of Main Street in Whitehorse on Nov. 19. Community Services Minister John Streicker said he will consult with the Yukon Contractors Association after concerns were raised in the legislature about COVID-19 isolation procedures for Outside workers at the site. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News)
Concerns raised about alternate self-isolation plans for construction

Minister Streicker said going forward, official safety plans should be shared across a worksite

Beatrice Lorne was always remembered by gold rush veterans as the ‘Klondike Nightingale’. (Yukon Archives/Maggies Museum Collection)
History Hunter: Beatrice Lorne — The ‘Klondike Nightingale’

In June of 1929, 11 years after the end of the First… Continue reading

Samson Hartland is the executive director of the Yukon Chamber of Mines. The Yukon Chamber of Mines elected a new board of directors during its annual general meeting held virtually on Nov. 17. (Joel Krahn/Yukon News file)
Yukon Chamber of Mines elects new board

The Yukon Chamber of Mines elected a new board of directors during… Continue reading

The Yukon Hospital Corporation has released its annual report for 2019-20, and — unsurprisingly — hospital visitations were down. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)
Annual report says COVID-19 had a large impact visitation numbers at Whitehorse General

The Yukon Hospital Corporation has released its annual report for 2019-20, and… Continue reading

Whitehorse City Hall. (Joel Krahn/Yukon News file)
City hall, briefly

A look at decisions made by Whitehorse city council this week

City council was closed to public on March 23 due to gathering rules brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. The council is now hoping there will be ways to improve access for residents to directly address council, even if it’s a virtual connection. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)
Solution sought to allow for more public presentations with council

Teleconference or video may provide opportunities, Roddick says

Megan Waterman, director of the Lastraw Ranch, is using remediated placer mine land in the Dawson area to raise local meat in a new initiative undertaken with the Yukon government’s agriculture branch. (Submitted)
Dawson-area farm using placer miner partnership to raise pigs on leased land

“Who in their right mind is going to do agriculture at a mining claim? But this made sense.”

Riverdale residents can learn more details of the City of Whitehorse’s plan to FireSmart a total of 24 hectares in the area of Chadburn Lake Road and south of the Hidden Lakes trail at a meeting on Nov. 26. (Ian Stewart/Yukon News file)
Meeting will focus on FireSmart plans

Riverdale residents will learn more details of the City of Whitehorse’s FireSmarting… Continue reading

The City of Whitehorse is planning to borrow $10 million to help pay for the construction of the operations building (pictured), a move that has one concillor questioning why they don’t just use reserve funds. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News)
Councillor questions borrowing plan

City of Whitehorse would borrow $10 million for operations building

Most Read