October 17, 2016 1:01 pm

Okanagan athlete top female in grueling endurance race

Vernon athlete Shanda Hill.

Courtesy: Lennard Winslow
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The race is equal to doing five back-to-back Ironman triathlons and an Okanagan woman is the new female champion.

When Shanda Hill crossed the finish line Saturday in Virginia, the Vernon resident became the first Canadian female to compete in, and win, the USA Ultra Triathlon Quintuple Anvil.

The race is a 19 kilometre swim, 900 kilometre bike ride and 210 kilometre run.

Competitors must finish within 132 hours or five-and-a-half days.

Hill did it in just under 118 hours, sleeping just 10 hours over the five-day stretch.

The 34-year-old says she’s now considering doing a race called the Deca which is the equivalent of 10 Ironmans.

-With files from The Canadian Press-

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