Local triathlon doc out

A feature documentary on a small group of athletes preparing for the ITU Multisport Championships in Penticton last year has been released to the public.

“The Last Mile” follows Penticton’s own Jeff Symonds and Jen Annett, two professional triathletes, as they fight for their place among world elites. The film also features age-group athletes Daisy Tse, 44, and George Zradicka, who at 65 years old, strives to finish the race within the allotted 12 hours.

The filmmakers followed all four athletes for eight months leading up to the event to capture the ups and downs that took place within the year.

“Following characters for such a long period of time creates a lot of challenges,” says Pamela Tomlinson, Producer of The Last Mile. “When we first pitched this show in September of 2016, it had a completely different story line. One of our characters passed away and another had to withdraw due to prostate cancer. That being said, the story that is told in this documentary is captivating, inspiring and better than we could have expected.”

Through breakdowns, finish-line tears and near DNF’s, the 90-minute film showcases a truly extraordinary event.

“The film accurately shows how everyone, myself included, who chases big dreams is going to fail and go through tough times at some point,” says Jeff Symonds. “Ultimately, I hope the film helps liberate you from the fear of failure and inspires you to keep moving forward through the challenges on your path to crushing your goals.

The Last Mile will premiere on March 9 at Peloton Cycling in Calgary. It is available for streaming on demand on Youtube (embedded above).

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