A volunteer with Ultra520K helps Carol Currie in her transition to bike, after leaving the 10-km swim with a slight limp. Currie was the second final athlete to cross both the swim finish and the bike finish on Saturday. Dustin Godfrey/Western News

Record broken in first day of Ultra520K

Jordan Bryden, who finished first overall on Saturday, broke the previous record for the 10-km swim

The Ultra520k triathlon wrapped up its first day of competition, including a record time for a swim, according to volunteers at the event.

Jordan Bryden of Canada was the first to cross the finish line at a time of seven hours six minutes 57 seconds, followed by Canadian Chad Bentley, who finished with a time of seven hours 50 minutes 26 seconds.

Bryden led the pack early on, and even broke a record with his swim at a time of two hours 23 minutes 59 seconds.

Fourteen athletes are competing in this year’s races, which started on Saturday with a 10-kilometre swim in Skaha Lake and a 149.8-kilometre bike from Westside Road north of Okanagan Falls, down to Osoyoos and back up to OK Falls.

Of the 14 athletes competing this weekend, seven are Canadian, two are Mexican, one is Spanish and two are from Japan.

Finish times for Saturday’s leg of the race spanned from Bryden’s shortly over seven hours up to Mexican athlete Ramiro Guitierrez’s 10 hours 11 minutes 15 seconds.

He was beaten by Canadian Carol Currie, who came in at 10 hours three minutes 27 seconds.

Sunday, athletes will hit the road again on their bikes for stage two, biking a total of 275.8 kilometres, beginning in Penticton and ending in Princeton, with a total climb of 1,760 metres.

Monday, the athletes will complete the final running portion of the triathlon, which will take athletes from Princeton to Summerland, at 84.4 kilometres.

Full results can be found on the Ultra520k Facebook page.

 

Athlete Ramiro Guitierrez was the final athlete to finish both the 10-km swim on Saturday, as well as the 149.8-km bike section. Dustin Godfrey/Western News