International Day of Peace

Monday September 21, 2015 is International Peace Day.

Each year the International Day of Peace is observed around the world on 21 September. It is sometimes unofficially known as World Peace Day. The day was first celebrated on Tuesday 21 September 1982. The theme of the first International Day of Peace was the Right to peace of all people.

International Peace Day is dedicated to world peace, and The United Nations “invites all nations and people to honour a cessation of hostilities during the Day.”

As individuals we can take a moment on Monday to do a random act of kindness, simply something to brighten someone’s day. Speaking a kind word, writing a note of gratitude to someone you love, holding a door open for someone, lighting a candle, buying a coffee for the person in the vehicle behind you at your local cafe drive-thru, or simply acknowledging someone with a smile, are things we’re all capable of. The smallest act of nurturing inner peace can change the world one person at a time.

http://www.un.org/en/events/peaceday/

2016 ULTRA520K Canada registration is NOW OPEN!

Welcome to registration for next year’s ULTRA520K Canada event taking place from July 30th to August 1st, 2016.

If you’re considering the 2016 event, register today to secure your spot. We will select 35 (Thirty-five) on a first-come, first-served basis from the applications received by January 31st, if they are otherwise qualified. For more information: ultra520kcanada.com.

If you have additional questions about registration and acceptance after reviewing the Application Information Kit, please email info@ultra520kcanada.com.

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Challenge Penticton is only days away…

Sunday August 30, 2015

Join us for this year’s Valley First Challenge Penticton, Canada – Individual and Team full distance, Individual and Team Half distance triathlon event!

Get ready athletes…the Challenge is only days away…

Enjoy the NEW 2015 flatter, faster run course. For those who have raced the course in the past, we hope you run a PB!

We’ll be out there on the course cheering and supporting you all race long. We wish you all the best and will see you at the finish line!

The essence of the Ultra520K event captured in words…

Ingrid wrote:

Making Magic Happen! It was truly an honor to race in the Inaugural Ultra520 Canada last weekend. This event has a special place in my heart as Ultraman Canada was my first ultra-distance triathlon in 2011. I am thankful to Steve Brown, Alexis Carmela and the entire Ultra520 crew for organizing and running this super event, and I am thankful to Rick Kent and his crew for beautifully capturing in pictures, the essence of our cherished memories from the race. I am thankful to all the participants, crews, volunteers, and past-participants for a fun-filled, magical week catching up, making new friends and racing hard in beautiful BC. And I am thankful to my family and friends for their prayers and support as I trained and raced this event. Many months ago, the day after I registered for Ultra520 Canada, I received a copy of a press release for Ultra520 TEXAS! I knew it was coming, but I thought I had a schedule conflict. When the official dates were released and I checked my calendar, I knew I just had to support this new event, so I considered withdrawing my entry for Ultra520 Canada to transfer over to Texas. But I love the race in Canada… And I love that Ultra520 is coming to Texas…so, what to do, what to do? BOTH! I applied for entry and was invited to race in events, and so it shall be! From September 25-27, I will be taking on the challenge of the Inaugural Ultra520 Texas race in Marble Falls, Texas. I am honored and thrilled to have the opportunity to race again and I am in need of support crew for Marble Falls. My Mom, Ramona Wofford, is my crew chief and paddler and we will need one to two additional land crew to complete the team. The time commitment is from September 23-29 to include pre-race meetings and the post-race party. No experience is necessary, just a positive attitude, a happy heart, a belief in magic, and a desire to help me and the other participants swim, bike, and run the course safely while touring through our beautiful Texas Hill Country in the first-ever Ultra520 Texas! Please let me know if you’re interested!”

If you’d like to experience volunteering on a whole new level and are interested in becoming a member of Ingrid’s support crew, contact her through Ultra520K Texas at info@ultra520ktexas.com. For athletes volunteering as a crew member, who want to participate as a competitor in the future, you will receive preference in the invitees selection process.

Ultra520K Texas is still accepting participants for the September 25 -27, 2015 event! Register today at www.ultra520ktexas.com.

Registration for Ultra520K Canada 2016 will be open sometime in September after a review of the 2015 event. Please check back at www.ultra520kcanada.com.

      

First-ever Female Wins ULTRA520K Canada

It is unusual for a female athlete to come in first in an ultra-distance triathlon such as the ULTRA520K Canada, but that’s exactly what happened this past weekend in Penticton, British Columbia Canada.

Kate Bevilaqua, pro triathlete hailing from Australia, had completed Ironman New Zealand, Ironman Western Australia, Ironman Korea and Ironman Louisville prior to undertaking the Ultra520K challenge.

Kate’s day one performance placed her securely in the lead. Her 10 km swim of 2:37:57 not only set the the women’s course record, but also the swim course record overall. Along with her 149.8 km (93.0 mile) bike split of 4:48:41, her day one total time was 7:26:38. Kate was in the lead by just over 46 minutes. She was on her way…incredible!

Kate’s day two 275.8 km bike ride of 9:17:43, for a two day total of 16:44:21, was enough to keep her in the lead by just over 40 minutes.

On day three Kate managed to hold off second place finisher, Juan Arroyo, on the double marathon (84.4 km) with a time of 7:32:06 to Juan’s 7:17:32 to finish the three day event with a total of 24:16:27 hours, winning first place overall by just over 25 minutes. Wow – what a race!!

Congratulations to all 2015 ULTRA520K Canada athletes on your personal achievements! Simply amazing.

PRESS RELEASE

ULTRA520K Canada 2015

Once again over the August long weekend, the South Okanagan and Similkameen will play host to one of North America’s most challenging endurance events: Ultra520K Canada. Ultra520K Canada is a unique, individual, three-day event consisting of 520 km of swimming, biking and running. This years’ event marks the 15th running since its inception in 1993.

This year’s race features 25 athletes hailing from 11 different countries including Canada (5), United States (7), Australia (1), Spain (5),Singapore (1), Ireland (1), England (1), Japan (1), Kazakhstan (1), Mexico (1), and Guatemala (1). The field consists of 6 women and 19 men. In order to be invited to this demanding endurance race, competitors must complete at least an iron distance race (226.3km) in under 14.5 hours during the past 18 months.

There is only 1 returning athlete this year, Ingrid Hillhouse of Houston Texas who has completed the course in Canada twice previously. There are also 3 of the 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 know as a professional in the Ironman Circuit having been crowned the Women’s Division Champion of Ironman Western Australia with a personal best of 9hours 19 minutes, Ironman Louisville, and Ironman Korea. In addition to that, Kate has 3 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 Steve Brown, Race Director of the event, “I know she has been training hard for the Ultra while keeping 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 3 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 including her partner Guy Crawford also a professional triathlete, best friend Ruth Chang her Physiotherapist, Jeff Shilt her coach and Marian Brennan another great friend and accomplished cyclist.”

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 PM; Stage 2, Princeton Arena, approximately 3:00 PM, Stage 3 Memorial Park, Summerland approximately 1:30 PM.

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.

The local community has been incredibly supportive of this event, most notably the IGA in OK Falls, Jack Kelly Coffee, The Bike Barn, District of Summerland, Town of Princeton, OK Falls Parks & Recreation, Speedo, Hammer Nutrition, Hoodoo Adventures, Peach City Runners, Impact Canopy, Black Iron Grill and Cannery Brewing.

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

Volunteer at the Ultra520K CANADA

The 2015 Ultra520K Canada is less than 3 weeks from now!

With the growth in popularity of the event we are in need of volunteers in all capacities from set-up and take-down, equipment transportation, direction control & course communication, life guarding, and motorcycle escort.

Volunteers can help from a few hours to all three days depending on your time and interest. Some positions require that the volunteer travel with the event in which case we include them in the meals and accommodations required as part of the event.

All volunteers are supplied with a souvenir race shirt and are included in our Finish Line Party at the end of Day 3 so they can enjoy the final finish of the athletes and take part in the celebrations.

Crew and Volunteer information is available in more detail by contacting Steve Brown at 250-809-1798 or e-mailing info@ultra520kcanada.com.

Don’t delay if you’d like to experience volunteering on a whole new level…be prepared for a serious tug on your heartstrings!