1491 (OVERALL PLACE) 12:54:27(TOTAL TIME) DALTON,
Dalton daughter overtakes father in Ironman race
ST. EDWARD - A little tap on the shoulder near the halfway mark of the marathon in the recent Subaru Canada Ironman triathlon in Penticton, B.C., signalled a shift in ranking for the father-daughter team of Paul and Paulette Dalton.
Never before had Paulette bested her father in a race.
The marathon run - 42 kilometres - is the third and last leg of the Ironman race, which starts with a 3.8-kilometre swim and is followed by a 180-kilometre bike race.
Paulette, 26, who is a nurse in Toronto, finished the three-event race with a combined time of 12 hours 48 minutes 12 seconds (12:48:12). Her father, a 52-year-old bus driver from St. Edward, finished six minutes 15 seconds later.
"I'm very proud of her, big time," Paul said of his daughter's result.
Paulette finished 36th overall in the women's 25-to-29 age category - 99th overall for the age category.
Paul was 145th in the men's 50-to-54 category.
Close to 3,000 people from around the world started the swim, and 2,606 finished the run.
"I knew she was coming," Paul said of his daughter's run. "It was nice to see her pass me."
He started the run three to four minutes ahead of her.
"She tapped me on the shoulder," said Paul. "She asked me how I was feeling. I said, 'Good luck and keep her going.'"
"She tapped me on the shoulder. She asked me how I was feeling. I said, 'Good luck and keep her going.'" - Paul Dalton
The bus driver, who is now in training for November's world Ultraman championship in Hawaii, said he was satisfied with the times both he and his daughter put up. He said he suffered through the transition from the swim to bike this year, taking almost twice as long as last year.
Had it not been for the seven extra minutes in transition, he would have been on target to equal the finish time he set last year. Paul said his swim and run times were personal bests for the course, but strong head winds took its toll during the bike event.
Paulette will be part of the support crew when her father competes in the world ultraman championship. Dad's keeping his fingers crossed that she might catch the ultraman bug.