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Symonds Gets ‘Ugly’ At Challenge

Contributed/Okanagan Sports Page Staff

Jeff Symonds didn’t cross the finish line bloodied and bruised this time, but the Penticton triathlete insisted his second straight Valley First Challenge Penticton Canada triathlon was anything but easy.

The 28-year-old shaved three minutes off his winning time in the inaugural Challenge, clocking an 8:26:58 to breeze to a comfortable 20-minute victory and a $12,000 first-prize cheque on Sunday.

“I didn’t feel great, but you can’t make excuses, you just have to go hard and get it done,” said Symonds, a four-time winner of the Peach Classic Olympic-distance triathlon. “I had to get ugly on the run. It was tough out there.”

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