It took the Government Whip 5 h 59 min 31 s to complete the 1.9 km swim, 90 km cycle and 21.1 km run. He crossed the finish line placing 104th among the 336 participants registered in the 45-49 age category. He placed 939th overall.
"Honestly, my objective was to complete the half-marathon in under six hours. I'm very pleased with my results, especially since I've only been doing triathlon for a year," stated the 45 year old.
The athletes launched the event with the swimming portion off Bayfront Park. Stéphane Billette finished in 55 min 43 s, placing141st in the middle of the pack.
"I have never done competitive swimming before, particularly in open, salt water with currents."
Billette was much more at home on his bicycle, after all, last June he participated in his fourth Grand défi Pierre Lavoie. He finished the 90 km cycle in 3 h 41 min 1 s, maintaining a speed of 33 km/h and placing 96th best time.
The athletes started downtown on Biscayne Blvd at the corner of Flagler St and cycled north west to the entranceway of Everglades National Park. "The route was straight with very few hills. But, the heat and the wind made it quite a challenge," he said.
For the part on foot, the athletes ran beside the ocean making a circuit of Watson Island. Stéphane Billette completed the 21.1 km run in 2 h 15 min 44 s, placing 104th in his age group.
A member of the triathlon club Tri-CAS in Valleyfield, Stéphane Billette devotes some 12 hours a week to training.
"It takes a lot of discipline with my work schedule. The advantage is that I'm an early riser. I'm able to get up to go jogging and cycling at 4:30 in the morning."
For 2017, the MNA for Huntingdon has challenged himself to participating in his first Ironman at Tremblant on August 20. He will also participate in the half-Ironman on June 20 at the same location after having completed the Grand défi Pierre Lavoie the week before.
Until then, he expects to keep training to stay in shape.
Translated by Cathleen Johnston