Bala Falls Post-Race Report 2015

Quick link – Get the full Bala Falls Race Results.


The tradition continues at the 21st Bala Falls

The Bala Falls Triathlon first started on Saturday August 12, 1995, in memory of Lisa Hamman, a passionate triathlete who lost a battle with cancer at the age of 31.

From one of the original participants, Tony Chisholm:

“What I remember, is a fun cottage race with a group of good friends and very competitive athletes. The race was a bit different than the Tri s we’d been doing because it was handicapped.

Everyone’s time was based on results from previous races which made them rough estimates at best. If anyone has done a handicap race they know how brutal this format can be. You’re killing yourself trying to catch the person ahead while always looking back to be sure someone who is supposedly slower than you, isn’t catching  and humiliating you.

We all raced in Lisa’s memory, which was still very fresh at the time, and it was a wonderful celebration in her name.”

This classic Ontario race continued this year at the cozy Jaspen Park.

Thanks to all of you for supporting our Series at the fifth stop of the 2015 Recharge With Milk Triathlon Series.

Bala Falls Local Presenting Sponsor

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We would like to thank our Local Presenting Sponsor Ontario Trysport for their support. Please visit them on race day in the Recharge Zone. Please also visit their website for details on their products, services and the work they do with athletes. Details are on their website.

Sunday July 26, 2015

The men’s race saw Toronto’s Mikael Staer Nathan and Waterloo’s Edward Cyr closely battling each other over the first two segments. Staer Nathan led Cyr out of Moon River with a 10:24 swim over the 750 m course (leaving Cyr 21 seconds behind), then with a quick transition and a 46:20 ride, Cyr snagged the lead over Staer Nathan (Staer Nathan rode 46:29).

Cyr took a 6 second advantage onto the relentlessly hilly 7.5 km run course, but Staer Nathan, a member of the Recharge With Milk Ambassador Team, asserted his control over the race by hammering out a race best 26:28 run to pass Cyr to take the overall win in 1:24:10. Cyr held on for second (1:28:53), and Scott Hill of Thunder Bay finished third (1:31:32) with the second best run (26:52) of the day.

Mikael Staer Nathan with the overall victory

Bala Falls Triathlon (750m Swim – 30km Bike – 7.5km Run) – Top 5 Men

1. Mikael Staer Nathan (Toronto, ON) 1:24:40

2. Edward Cyr (Waterloo, ON) 1:28:53

3. Scott Hill (Thunder Bay, ON) 1:31:32

4. Steve Vandermolen (Bracebridge, ON) 1:31:57

5. Nathan La Brie (Midland, ON) 1:34:18

Frankford’s Rachel Faulds completed the swim in 10:50 and became the target for the rest of the women to chase. Trailing by 90 seconds, Toronto’s Fiona Whitby chased her down with a 53:06 ride over the rolling 30 km bike course. Whitby, ran 32:58 to secure the women’s victory in 1:40:15 in her first appearance at Bala Falls. Faulds ran a women’s best 29:35 to claim second (1:41:02), and Toronto’s Phaedra Kennedy finished third (1:43:54).

Fiona Whitby with the victory in the women’s race.

Bala Falls Triathlon (750m Swim – 30km Bike – 7.5km Run) – Top 5 Women

1. Fiona Whitby (Toronto, ON) 1:40:15

2. Rachel Faulds (Frankford, ON) 1:41:02

3. Phaedra Kennedy (Toronto, ON) 1:43:54

4. Amanda Yates (North Bay, ON) 1:45:21

5. Jordie Seaton (Thornhill, ON) 1:46:34

Bala Falls Triathlon 2015 – Top 5 Men and Women Overall

Swim/Bike Race Winners

Relay Winners – Dogs not included

* Get the full Bala Falls Race Results from all the race categories.

Bala Falls Retro Day

One of the cool and unique components of this race is the annual Retro Day. The Retro Day is about having some fun and bringing back the early days of triathlon. Prizes are awarded for the best male and female “retro” outfits and best “retro” bike. Thanks to Timex Canada for providing the prizes.



Retro Bike Winner

Retro Outfit Competitors

Retro Outfit Competitors – Thanks to all who took part. We hope to see more of you next year


Congratulations to our Bala Falls Racers of the day:

Celine Leger-Nolet, Luis Torres, Sergei Chizhikov, Jessica Barber, Melissa Gillard.

Skechers Racer of the Day


The winner of this prize gets a pair of Skechers Performance Running Shoes

Men’s Skechers GOmeb Speed 3

Ignition Fitness Racer of the Day

The winner receives an Ignition Fitness Tri Top from Champion Systems along with additional opportunities to win more.

Share a picture of you in your ROTD kit on social media and Ignition Fitness will send you a Clif prize pack. Share another pic of you racing in your ROTD kit and we’ll send you another Clif prize pack. The more races you wear your ROTD kit, the more you win!

Nineteen Wetsuit Racer of the Day 

The winner receives a Nineteen Pipeline FS wetsuit (MSRP $300).


2XU Racer of the Day


The winner receives a 2XU Prize Pack worth $310

Recharge With Milk

Make sure to stop by the Recharge With Milk Recovery Zone to get your post-race Chocolate Milk, swag, recover, and to have to fun with your fellow racers. RWMBala2015aRWMBala2015b

Racing Retro


Cool Shots From the Day

You just can’t beat a Family Finish

Some guys just need to be dragged across the finish line.

Father and Son (Prem and Caymen Hall racing together)

Some Usain Bolt inspiration for the swim.

Thanks to all of our Volunteers!

Big thanks to all of our volunteers and water safety staff. You all make it possible for the athletes to do what they do. Athletes, show your appreciation and make it a practice to thank every volunteer to meet along the course at any race.

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Thanks and See you again soon

Thanks for joining us at Bala Falls and congratulations to all of our first timers.

We hope to see you at our next stop of the 2015 Recharge With Milk Triathlon Series:


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