Tourism Whistler has confirmed that the Olympic city was selected to host Ironman Canada (IM Canada) in 2013. The Whistler Ironman or Ironman Canada Triathlon will take place on August 25th, 2013, the same day as the Challenge Penticton race, which was the former host of the Iron man competition.
With the 10th Anniversary of the Redbull Crankworx event finishing the week prior (August 9-18, 2012) to Ironman Canada, the month of August will be an extremely busy month for Whistler Mountain. Hosting the Ironman Canada event in Whistler is another formidable pitch to make Whistler a year-round global mountain resort that makes them much more than just a world-renowned ski destination.
Posted on the Tourism Whistler website, they say “Whistler’s natural beauty is the perfect setting for the race with winding mountain roads, sparking lakes, and mountain views all part of the unique and challenging course.” Whistler won the bid over other potential host cities, including Huntsville Ontario and Kelowna B.C.
The triathlon race begins with a 2.4 mile swim in the glacier fed Alta Lake that averages temperatures of 67 to 72 degrees Fahrenheit in late August. The race continues through a lakeside transition on to a 112 mile, two-loop bike course.
Whistler Ironman Canada 2013 Course Outline.
Ironman athletes will head south along the Sea-to-Sky Highway before climbing into Callaghan Valley. Descending into Whistler, the athletes will pass through Whistler on their way to Pemberton before looping back to Whistler to begin the 26 mile run. Triathletes will run a two-loop course along the Valley Trail passing Lost Lake and Green Lake before returning back to Whistler Village and finishing at the adjacent Whistler Olympic Plaza.
Athletes that want to register for the Subaru Ironman Canada 2013 race can visit the Ironman Canada website. It may be nearly 10 months out, but Whistler Accommodations will certainly go fast for August 2013 with mountain resort hosting both Iron man Canada and the 10th Anniversary of the Redbull Crankworx event.