Darren Altmayer/for metro vancouver


Yuen Chow of team Sky to Sea won the mixed team modality at yesterday’s Oceanman competition at Jericho Beach.


The Jericho Oceanman is not your typical triathlon. It even included paddling on air mattresses and something called speed croquet, but those are not the tough parts.

“Running in sand is tough,” said Sasha Brown, who ran eight kilometres for her team in the eighth annual competition yesterday.

On Brown’s team, Jennifer Stanick paddled six kilometres, and Lisa Ogilvie swam one kilometre.

“The tide was down so I had to run through the water before I could swim,” said Ogilvie.

The Jericho Oceanman is a 15-kilometre race where competitors swim, paddle and run. Some finish in less than one hour, others take up to three.

But in between these modalities, there are mystery events, like carrying car tires and something race organizer and longtime Vancouver lifeguard Gary Parsons calls “speed croquet.”

These are the events that make Jericho Oceanman different from others, he said.

“You don’t often get swimming with paddling,” Parsons added.

Many of the 120 athletes were in relay teams, but some went all 15 kilometres on their own.

The sand of Jericho Beach makes it an ideal spot for watchers too, he said. Perhaps even with running through the sand.