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New-trition Partner

    PhD Nutrition Inc. is happy to be sponsoring Challenge Penticton and the 2016 Canadian National Multisport Championships.  PhD Nutrition Inc., known for premium sports nutrition products and internationally recognized for quality and innovation, will be... read more

Jeff Symonds Camp

    Ready to get Ugly? REGISTER NOW   Jeff Symonds and his special guests will be hosting the first ever Get Ugly Triathlon Camp July 14-17th 2016 in beautiful Penticton, B.C. The camp will be a fun filled weekend that will culminate with The Peach... read more

2015 Pro Champions

    Valley First Challenge Penticton today crowned two new champions in the first Professional race held over the Half Distance. Victoria BC’s Brent McMahon and Peoria, Illinois’s Jennifer Spieldenner won hotly contested races in both mens and women’s... read more

All Change in 2016

    Valley First Challenge Penticton today announced changes to the 2016 event as Penticton prepares to host the ITU World Triathlon and Multisport Festival the following year. The 2016 Valley First Challenge Penticton will be run across one single distance;... read more

Team 211 Relay Challenge

    A triathlon relay team, which consists of one swimmer, one cyclist and one runner, with a combined age of 211, is challenging other teams in the Valley First Challenge Full distance triathlon, on August 30th. A quick calculation reveals an average age of... read more

2015 Professional Competition

  The 2015 Valley First Challenge Penticton Triathlon will see the professional race move from the traditional Full distance to the Half distance event, to attract more top-level competitors. The Full Distance triathlon consists of a 3.8km Swim, 180km Bike and... read more

Jeff Symonds Interview

In the inaugural Valley First Challenge Penticton, in 2013, hometown boy Jeffrey Symonds survived a high speed bike crash in the bike to post a Sub 8 1/2 hour finish in just his second Full Distance race.

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PIB Partnership

  Story from Nearly 200 attended the Valley First Challenge Penticton open house at the Ramada Inn April 9. Most liked what they heard from co-race directors Kevin Cutjar and Michael Brown and their plans  going forward. There was... read more

Students take on weekly marathons

  by  Emanuel Sequeira – Penticton Western News posted Apr 30, 2015 at 1:00 PM Penticton’s middle school students are on the run. As part of Challenge Penticton, students are taking part in the Middle School Marathon Challenge for nine weeks. Challenge... read more

Challenge Americas Appointment

    Challenge Family is continuing to strengthen its position as ‘the quality leader in global long distance triathlon’ with the appointment of a new management team to develop further growth in North, South and Central America. The Challenge Americas team... read more

New Run Course

Valley First Challenge Penticton announces new run course. Flatter run course for North America’s oldest full-distance triathlon. Valley First Challenge Penticton has announced a new run course for both the half- and full-distance races incorporating the Okanagan... read more

Valley First Partnership

    Challenge Penticton is delighted to announce Valley First has renewed its commitment as the triathlon’s title sponsor. The 2015 event will be the second consecutive year that Valley First Challenge Penticton has been supported by the... read more

Long Course Legends

    Valley First Challenge Penticton will introduce the Penticton Long Course Legends program to recognize and honour those athletes who have finished ten or more Full Distance triathlons in Penticton, since the first race was held in 1983. Over the past 32... read more

Jeff Symonds in Bahrain

    Jeff Symonds yesterday placed seventh at the Challenge Bahrain triathlon among a star-studded field of the world’s most decorated triathletes. The Challenge Penticton triathlon co-owners this morning extended their congratulations to the locally... read more

Challenge Penticton triathlon enters transition of its own

  Challenge Penticton, the oldest long-distance triathlon in North America, has changed owners. The City of Penticton sold the event to a partnership of experienced race directors Kevin Cutjar and Michael Brown. The transaction is now complete and the new owners... read more

Challenge 2015 Promo Video

Ready for the Challenge? Bask in the stunning cinematography of Chris Stenberg as he leads you from the shores of Lake Okanagan through to the fields, valleys and roads that make up the legendary Penticton course.

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Jeff Symonds Doubles Up

Jeff Symonds didn’t cross the finish line bloodied and bruised this time, but the Penticton resident insisted his second straight Valley First Challenge Penticton Canada triathlon was anything but easy. The 28-year-old knocked three minutes off his winning time at the... read more

Challenge Adds Half Distance

Challenge Penticton Canada is pleased to announce the addition of a half distance race for 2014. “Penticton set the bar for long-course triathlon in Canada and the United States, and we’re thrilled to roll out a half distance triathlon in 2014 so a whole new group of... read more

He came, crashed, conquered.

Symonds (Canada) took a nasty spill on his bike in the inaugural Challenge Penticton race in 2013. He made a miraculous comeback in the iron-distance event crossing the finish line bloodied, bruised and battered to win the top male title. His race was defined by some... read more