Local athletes complete fitness challenge fundraiser

Record Staff

Locals Joshua Bray and James Andrews completed their sprint triathlon Monday morning in roughly two hours and raised over $2,500 in donations for Mental Health Canada and the Cancer Research Society of Montreal.
The pair started the day off with a 750 metre swim in Lake Massawippi, hopped on their bikes for a 20 kilometre ride to the BCS campus in Lennoxville and completed the sprint with a run up and down Mont Pinnacle.
They originally planned to run through North Hatley, but the bridge closure currently in place forced them to consider an alternate path. In an email to The Record, Bray said the triathlon is a step towards greater challenges and opportunities to raise awareness.
“A fulfilling act that I am grateful to have taken part in […] thank you to all those who showed such welcoming and wholehearted support,” he said.
According to Andrews, the lake wasn’t busy to start the triathlon with little current and relatively warm water. However, they ran into trouble while completing the bicycle portion of the triathlon.
“We found the cross-winds challenging on the bike throughout the ride and found ourselves being blown either into a ditch on the ride out, or into a lane of traffic on the ride back,” he said.
By the end of the sprint, the athletic duo realized that although they were short of breath, they could push themselves even further. They are waiting to see what unfolds in the coming months.
“Onwards and upwards to the next big one,” Andrews said.
Anyone interested in helping Bray and Andrews in their fundraising efforts can use the following links to donate:
Josh https://raceroster.com/events/2020/24011/tamarack-ottawa-virtual-race-weekend-2020/pledge/participant/9641546
James https://www.gofundme.com/f/james039s-campaign-for-cancer-research

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