Abbotsford Sprint Triathlon participants hit the water at Albert Dyck Park the start of the event on Sunday.

Abbotsford Sprint Triathlon participants hit the water at Albert Dyck Park the start of the event on Sunday.

Bowen, Greshake victorious at Abbotsford Sprint Triathlon

The second annual Abbotsford Sprint Triathlon, held under sunny skies on Sunday morning, was hailed as a success.

The second annual Abbotsford Sprint Triathlon, held under sunny skies on Sunday morning, was hailed as a success.

The event drew 97 athletes to Albert Dyck Park for a 750-metre swim, 20-kilometre bike ride and 5-km run. The triathlon doubles as a fundraiser for Habitat for Humanity Upper Fraser Valley, and generated about $5,000 for the local charity.

“For our second one, it went phenomenally well,” said Jeff Bonham, a volunteer with Habitat for Humanity Upper Fraser Valley.

“We got positive feedback from all the athletes we talked to, and our sponsors loved it. And it was a beautiful day. Everything kind of just clicked.”

The race itself was hotly contested, particularly on the men’s side, where Whistler’s Chris Bowen (1:06.36) edged Jeremy Isaak of Yarrow (1:06.37) in a photo finish. Bowen surged to the lead by recording the fastest bike leg (33:56), while Isaak made up ground with the fastest time in the run (17:27) and challenged him all the way to the finish line.

Ricarda Greshake of Telgte, Germany was the women’s winner, clocking in at 1:14.50.