Challenge Penticton has announced that Steve King, the renowned announcer of iron-distance athletes, will be the voice calling finishers across the line in Penticton again for 2013.
The former announcer of Ironman Canada, when its home was in Penticton, Steve King was the publisher of Tri-Fit Quarterly, a national triathlon magazine. He is also the author of a triathlon training log, the book Rapid Recovery and the co-editor of Running in the Zone, and a CBC colour commentator for the sport of triathlon. He has been the announcer in Penticton for 30 years.
“We are so happy that Steve King has agreed to continue his long-standing tradition of welcoming athletes to the finishing line in Penticton,” said Paul McCann, Chair of the Challenge Penticton board of directors.
“Challenge Penticton is about enhancing the athlete experience, and Steve King plays a huge part in that.”
To triathletes in Penticton, Steve King is best known for his voice, his commitment to the sport and breadth of knowledge regarding the field of athletes. Spectators flock to hear him call out athletes’ names as they emerge from the swim, move through transition and cross the finish line.
“I am honoured to be asked to continue in the commentating role,” said King. “I am very proud of what Penticton has done for triathlon and its commitment to provide a challenging course, support for charities, community involvement and the best possible race experience for the athletes, volunteers, spectators and sponsors alike.”
King is an avid runner and triathlete who has held six national age group records, has raced iron-distance and Ultraman races and has been a member of Canada’s national 100-kilometre team. In 1997, he was the first B.C. runner to finish in the B.C. Marathon Championships, and posted wins in the Kamloops 50K and the Haney-to-Harrison 100K events. In 2001, he became only the second Canadian ever to finish the 135-mile Death Valley race.