Your Guide to the 2013 Subaru IRONMAN® Canada
For the first time ever Whistler & Pemberton will host IRONMAN® Canada. This massive triathlon series is the most recognized endurance race in the world and attracts thousands of participants everywhere it goes. IRONMAN® Canada is our version of the Canadian National Championship and offers up several qualifying spots for the World Championships that take place every year in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii.
The Race / Course
Three different disciplines will be featured during the triathlon based event; swimming, biking & running. While the swimming & running events will only be held in Whistler the biking event will take place throughout Pemberton. The biking course winds it's way up the Sea to Sky Highway from Whistler where it then passes through the Village of Pemberton and makes it's way up the Pemberton Meadows. When bikers make their way up to a particular point up the valley they will turn around and ride back to Whistler.
Pemberton Cheer Section
During the race several cheer sections will be set up in the Village of Pemberton. Local businesses are encouraged to come out and take part in sidewalk sales, food sales and much more. There will be two main cheer sections one by the Pemberton Visitors Centre and one at the Pemberton Farmer's Market location. Spectators are encouraged to come out and cheer on the athletes as they race by while camping out and enjoying the atmosphere of the Pemberton Cheer Stations. IMPORTANT NOTE the first bikers are expected in Pemberton around 9AM they will continue to flow into town throughout the day until the cutoff at 4PM. The best time to catch the athletes coming through is 10AM - 1PM.
- Did you know that over 2800 athletes will be competing in IRONMAN® Canada? Many of these athletes train year round for this event to be ready for the physical toll it takes to complete.
- If you breakdown the course by each event athletes must complete the following number of Kilometres; Swimming - 3.8KM, Biking - 180KM, Running - 42KM, Combined - 225.8KM.
- Athletes will be competing for 100 available spots at various age categories for the World Championships held on October 12, 2013 in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii.
- Every year hundreds of athletes don't complete the event due to sheer exhaustion or because they haven't completed a stage in the allotted time allowed. Each stage has a cut off time and if an athlete hasn't completed the stage by that time they are disqualified. The swimming portion starts at 6:50AM on Sunday and athletes have until 12PM that night to cross the finish line in Whistler.
For more information on this event visit the IRONMAN® Canada website.
Posted: Wednesday, August 21, 2013