Getting Ready for IRONMAN® Canada 2014
Subaru IRONMAN Canada is back for it's second stop in the Whistler / Pemberton area. This elite triathlon series serves as Canada's crown jewel event in the year long chase for the IRONMAN World Championship. Last year the event attracted over 2800 athletes with that number expected to jump even higher this year.
The Bike Course
During the event three disciplines will be featured including swimming, biking and running. The swimming and running events will only be featured in Whistler, however, a large portion of the biking component takes place in Pemberton. Once athletes complete their 3.8KM swim of Alta Lake they will transition to a bike where they will make their way to Pemberton via Highway 99. Athletes are expected to arrive in Pemberton as early as 9AM. Riders will cycle through the town of Pemberton to the Upper Pemberton Valley and loop back. The best time to catch the riders coming through town is between 10AM and 1PM.
Pemberton Cheer Section
Join us at the Pemberton Community Centre throughout the day and help us cheer on these amazing athletes. A large screen will be set up to display live shots of the event. There will also be plenty of fun activities on tap and food and drinks will be served.
- 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 50 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, July 23, 2014