On Saturday, August 11th, Leighton Overson competed at the 9th Annual Lake Tye Triathlon in Monroe, WA, in the Olympic Division, which consists of a 1500m swim, 27 mi bike, and a 6.2 mi run. 1st place male was Patrick Trabert of Silverdale, WA, followed by 2nd place’s Sean Hunter of Seattle, WA. Leighton took 3rd (crushing the bike leg, where he was 1st OA). Full RESULTS!
Fresh off last weekend’s 3rd place finish, Leighton attempted the big daddy of big daddy Tri’s – the Super League Canada Triathlon – in Penticton, British Columbia on Friday, August 17th to Sunday, August 19th. Unfortunately the race was cancelled Saturday due to poor air quality, with an Air Quality Health Index of 10+ for the South Okanagan. The race was an Age Group Championship Qualifying Event for the 2019 ITU World Triathlon Grand Final in Lausanne, Switzerland. “Pitting the world’s best triathletes across unique short course formats for big prize money in a closed league series. Super League Triathlon provides pulse-pounding action, superstars to cheer for, and a spectator experience without parallel.” The race director, Chris McCormack compared “the conditions to the dystopian film Blade Runner, with the smoky haze limiting visibility to 500 metres. ‘You can defintiely tast the burnt wood in the air,’ McCormack said.” “As racers could not ride, swim, and run on Sunday, Super League organizers said the top 10 male and female professional triathletes racing in Pendicton would be graced spots in the first round of the world championship series being held in New Jersey, U.K., in late September.” See “Heavy smoke and poor air quality force cancellation of two Okanagan triathlons,” by CBC News
The Super League Canada was to be in the following format, had it not been cancelled –
Friday, August 17th – Equalizer (Stage 1) – Bike (15km) – The Equalizer is a (2) stage event. Stage 1 is a stand-alone cycling time trial. 15km of full-on bike action.
Saturday, August 18th – Equalizer (Stage 2) – Swim (300m) >Run (2.5km) >Swim(300m) >Bike (16km) > Run (2.5km) – Stage 2 of the Equalizer adds in two lots of swim and run’s, joining the bike.
Sunday, August 19th – Enduro – Swim (750m) > Bike (20km) > Run (5km) > Repeat – In the traditional Sprint format, the Enduro has a “sting in the tail,” by going through not once, but twice.