Peach Classic Triathlon under new organizers, with vision to keep it growing

Changes at Peach Classic

One of the oldest triathlons in Canada has been taken over by a dedicated group of triathletes at the Penticton Triathlon Club.

The club members recently voted in favour of taking the helm of the Peach Classic Triathlon.

“It’s a great opportunity for the club, the city and for the many athletes and community members who have been supporting this race for years,” said Drew Mitchell, president of the Penticton Triathlon Club, which has been taking place since 1983.

“We knew the current organizers were moving on to other endeavours and we wanted to ensure this four-decade-old race could continue.”

Since its beginning, the Peach Classic has been attracted athletes of at all points in their triathlon journeys, from beginners to professional triathletes and Olympians.

The tough, scenic route attracts many repeat competitors.

Long-time race announcer Steve King, one of the originators of the Peach Classic Triathlon, said he is thrilled the race will go on.

“Penticton is one of the meccas of triathlon. It’s on the map for the sport of triathlon.” he said, pointing to a large and constantly growing triathlon community.

“We need to have grassroots events, and this is one of those but it also has prestige.”

The new organizers are maintaining the race’s core Olympic distance event (1.5 km swim, 40 km bike, 10 km run) and sprint distance event (750 m swim, 20 km bike and 5 km run), and have added a sprint (400 m swim, 10 km bike and 2.5 km run) event perfect for those who are new to the sport.

“We really want this to be a family event, and an event that is accessible for everyone,” says long-time Penticton Triathlon Club executive board member, Bob Vincent

“The Penticton Triathlon Club has always supported youth development and removing barriers for anyone who would like to try the sport. The Peach Classic will be a great way for us to continue to drive that mission forward.”

The new organizers are also adding a festive touch at the finish line, with great food, drinks and a lively atmosphere.

“We all do triathlons because they are fun, and we really want athletes and their families to be able to celebrate their accomplishments in true Penticton-style after they cross the finish line,” Mitchell said.

Registration for the 40th annual Peach Classic Triathlon, taking place on Sunday, July 16, 2023, is now open.

For registration and event details, visit peachclassic.ca.

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