Castlegar’s Deb Johnson

LETTER: Gratitude from a late finisher

Huge shout out to the race organizers and all the volunteers on this course.

Re: Cyswog’n’fun triathlon

Huge shout out to the race organizers and all the volunteers on this course.

In the running/triathlon world, there’s been a few blog posts gone viral lately about races dropping the ball taking care of later finishers. Many races even run out of water, or don’t man aid stations, even within cut off times. Late finishers often cross a finish line with minimal acknowledgement while it’s being taken down.

This was not the case at all at Cyswog. As a less fast triathlete already, I had a mechanical issue on the bike that left me carrying my bike with three km left to go. There was an awesome volunteer (Vince) who actually traded bikes with me and carried my bike the remaining km to the transition zone while I rode his in. I then completed the run as the third last finisher.

I have done over a dozen triathlons, and at least as many stand alone running races. I have never before received such an awesome level of support at every aid station.

When I know I am a late finisher, I am always mentally prepared to feel alone on a course. I can’t say how much it meant that I instead heard cheers, had water sprayed, and never got the sense that the volunteers were annoyed at those of us that were still on the course so late. Thank you. I’ll be back next year.

Deb Johnson, Castlegar

 

Just Posted

Police ask city for $100K budget increase

The extra money is needed to cover salary costs

Nelson firefighter wage negotiations in year six

Firefighting is an essential service, so strikes are illegal

EcoSociety asks city to become 100 per cent renewable

The plan would have Nelson ditch fossil fuels by 2050

Finding support at Community Connect

The 10th annual event offered free services, clothing and food on Saturday

RDCK calls for reversal of Sinixt extinction

The board opposed a land transfer to the Westbank First Nation this week

Earthquake gently rocks Nelson to sleep

Did you feel the earthquake? (Probably not)

RDCK holds open house on proposed boat launch

RDCK hosted an open house at Blewett Elementary to discuss plans for a boat launch at Taghum Beach

LVR Bombers volleyball team off to provincials

The senior girls’ squad secured a spot with a win over Trail last week

Winter kicks off in Nelson

Over 30 events are set to celebrate the snowy season

Man pleads guilty to Leafs recycling depot theft

Dezmond Waggoner had been charged with theft over $5,000

B.C. family advocating for drug decriminalization following death of son

Federal NDP leader Jagmeet Singh has noted the New Democrats would decriminalize personal possession of all drugs

Most Read