WHISTLER IS NEW VENUE FOR IRONMAN CANADA
TAMPA, Fla. (Oct. 11, 2012) - Today, World Triathlon Corporation (WTC) announces Whistler, British Columbia as the new venue of the IRONMAN® Canada triathlon. IRONMAN Canada in Whistler builds on the legacy of the 2010 Winter Olympics, while offering athletes a beautiful, challenging experience in a world-class venue. The event is scheduled for Sunday, Aug. 25, 2013, and will be the 31st running of IRONMAN Canada.
"Whistler is recognized worldwide as a sought-after travel and outdoor recreation destination. As the new host community of IRONMAN Canada, Whistler will immediately earn a reputation as a triathlon destination," said Steve Meckfessel, Managing Director of Global Race Operations for WTC. "With its accessibility to major west coast markets, stunning beauty and tourism infrastructure, Whistler will resonate with our athletes, their families and fans of IRONMAN."
The race will start with a two-loop, 2.4-mile swim in the clean shallow waters of Alta Lake at Rainbow Park, which has an average water temperature of 67 to 72 degrees Fahrenheit in late August. Athletes will enjoy a lakeside transition before starting a one-loop 112-mile bike course that is comparable in difficulty to the bike route at IRONMAN Lake Placid, IRONMAN Coeur d'Alene, and the previous IRONMAN Canada. Athletes will travel south on the Sea-to-Sky Highway before climbing into the Callaghan Valley, site of the Nordic skiing events during the 2010 Winter Olympics. After descending back to the highway, athletes pass through Whistler on their way north to Pemberton. An out-and-back section allows athletes breathtakingly beautiful views of glaciated peaks, while racing on a completely flat section of road. Athletes return to Whistler via the Sea-to-Sky Highway over rolling terrain. The two-loop run course follows the meandering Valley Trail past Lost Lake and Green Lake allowing spectators to reinvigorate athletes with a return through Whistler Village at the halfway point of the run before finishing adjacent to Whistler Olympic Plaza.
"We are absolutely thrilled, and honored, that Whistler has been chosen from among some of the country's most spectacular destinations to host IRONMAN Canada," said Breton Murphy, Tourism Whistler's Director of Partnerships and lead for the Whistler Organizing Committee, which responded to the request for proposals by WTC.
"Whistler is a world-class, all-season resort with a global reputation for producing and hosting international events of the highest caliber," said Murphy. "IRONMAN Canada is a natural fit for our resort - and being selected as its new home speaks to Whistler's ability to deliver an exceptional experience for both athletes and spectators."
"Whistler is an outdoor sport Mecca," said Murphy. "IRONMAN Canada competitors and enthusiasts will marvel at our spectacular mountain ranges, pristine lakes and extensive network of cycling, running and walking trails."
IRONMAN Canada will be a P-2000 race with a $75,000 USD professional prize purse. Additionally, the race will offer 100 age group slots to the 2013 IRONMAN World Championship taking place on Oct. 12, 2013.
Registration for the IRONMAN Canada will open on Thur., Oct. 18, at Noon PT on www.ironman.ca. For more information on the IRONMAN brand and global event series, visit www.ironman.com. Athlete inquiries may be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org. Media may contact email@example.com.
Neither WTC nor IRONMAN Canada is affiliated with the Olympics, the International Olympic Committee, or the National Olympic Committee of any country.
The iconic IRONMAN® Series of events is the largest participation sports platform in the world. Since the inception of the IRONMAN® brand in 1978, athletes have proven that ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE® by crossing finish lines at the world's most challenging endurance races. Recognized for excellence through distinguished events, world-class athletes and quality products, World Triathlon Corporation (d/b/a IRONMAN), owner and operator of the IRONMAN® Series, has grown from owner of a single race to a global sensation with more than 190 events across five unique brands: IRONMAN®, IRONMAN 70.3®, 5150TM Triathlon Series, Iron Girl® and IronKids®. For more information, visit www.ironman.com.
Whistler is Canada's premier year-round leisure and meeting destination located in the Coast Mountains 120 kilometers (75 miles) north of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Consistently rated the top ski resort in North America, Whistler was the Host Mountain Resort of the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. The resort offers an extensive range of accommodations totaling 10,000 bedrooms among 24 hotels as well as townhomes, condos, B&Bs and chalets. Whistler also boasts more than 100 restaurants and bars, 200 retail shops, 25 spas and countless activity options from world-renowned skiing and snowboarding, mountain biking and golf, to hiking, rock climbing, and watersports. The Resort Municipality of Whistler is home to a diverse community of more than 10,000 permanent residents.
About Tourism Whistler
Tourism Whistler is the member-based marketing and sales organization representing Whistler, operating the Whistler Conference Centre, Whistler Golf Club, Whistler Visitor Centre, as well as 1.800.WHISTLER and www.whistler.com - Whistler's official source for visitor bookings and information. As the convention and visitors bureau for the Resort Municipality of Whistler, Tourism Whistler represents more than 7,000 members who own, manage and operate properties or businesses on resort lands including hotels, restaurants, activity operators and retail shops.