On the day of the 2012 London Olympics closing ceremonies, eight Thompson athletes participated in the annual Thompson Triathlon.
The event started bright and early on Aug 12 at the Norplex Pool, and wrapped up at the same location with a light breakfast and bottled water for the participants.
ďI always like to have some food and stuff for the athletes when they finish,Ē said Cory Sparkes, who co-ordinates the dayís event.
This yearís entries worked out in such a way that every participant received a gold medal, due to the varying ages of those involved.
Craig Finlay, a perennial winner, who works for the City of Thompson as manager of infrastructure and assets, finished with a time of 1:10:28 in the menís age 40-44 years, Don Wood came in with at 1:22:51 in the menís age 45-49 and Randy McKay clocked in with a time of 1:27:20 in the menís 50-54 years old category.
In the womenís duathlon, Carmen Ho finished with a time of 1:17:55. The duathlon substitutes the swimming section for running, so participants begin with a run, then bike ride, then finish with a second run.
Marina Merasty took part in the womenís try-a-tri category, a triathlon with a shortened sprint. Merasty came in with a time of 1:19:44.
The lone team that participated in Sundayís triathlon was T-Town Triple Threat, made up of Julie Desjardins, Jeanette Kimball and Anissa Dawson. The three women combined for a time of 1:32:15. It was Kimballís third gold medal in as many years in her category.