August 11, 2009
At age 65, Sammamish resident Tony Canlis has never done a triathlon. But in 2008, after helping repair bicycles during the Beaver Lake Triathlon, and after the coaxing of Pacific Bicycle owners Kristie and Scott Frericks, Canlis decided he wanted a challenge.
He took up the task of training for the 2009 race.
An avid swimmer — he swam competitively for much of his life — Canlis isn’t worried about the quarter-mile dip in Beaver Lake. While swimming for the University of Hawaii, he used to swim 3.5-miles in the open ocean for training.
“I was a good swimmer,” he said. “I just want to see what it’s like to be in one of these things.”
Canlis, the oldest registered Sammamish resident, is confident he’ll finish the race. Read more