Iron­man stay­ing in Whistler

Penticton Herald - - FRONT PAGE - By Pen­tic­ton Her­ald Staff

WHISTLER — Iron­man an­nounced it has signed a three-year con­tract to con­tinue to host the Subaru Iron­man Canada and Subaru Iron­man 70.3 Canada triathlons in Whistler for 2018-2020.

“As we cel­e­brate the 35th edi­tion of Iron­man in Canada, we are thrilled to con­tinue this defin­ing and in­cred­i­bly scenic race in the se­ries of global events,” said Shane Facteau, chief op­er­at­ing of­fi­cer for Iron­man, a Wanda Sports Hold­ings com­pany. “We have had a great part­ner­ship with the com­mu­nity of Whistler since 2013 and look to fur­ther that as we pro­mote the whole re­gion with th­ese events. Our ath­letes truly en­joy ac­com­plish­ing their dreams in B.C.and can ex­pect world-class ex­pe­ri­ences with this amaz­ing des­ti­na­tion for years to come.”

In 2012, Whistler won the right to host Subaru Iron­man Canada for five years (2013–2017) and added Subaru Iron­man 70.3 Canada in 2016. This year, both events were held on Sun­day, July 30.

Whistler mayor Nancy Wil­helm-Morden said that host­ing the Subaru Iron­man Canada events in Whistler has gen­er­ated ap­prox­i­mately $42 mil­lion in eco­nomic ac­tiv­ity over the past four years.

Though Whistler’s econ­omy is cur­rently thriv­ing, the Iron­man events help en­sure eco­nomic re­siliency in the fu­ture, she said, not­ing Iron­man also fits with Whistler’s sport cul­ture and builds on its rep­u­ta­tion as a world-class des­ti­na­tion for events.

Ap­prox­i­mately 2,900 ath­letes from 33 coun­tries took part in the 2017 events in front of around 10,000 spec­ta­tors. The Iron­man Foun­da­tion has pro­vided over $200,000 to in char­i­ta­ble give­back to char­i­ties and not-for-profit or­ga­ni­za­tions in Squamish, Whistler, and Pem­ber­ton.

The race con­sists of a 2.4-mile swim in Alta Lake, a 112-mile bi­cy­cle ride on the Sea-to-Sky High­way to the Cal­laghan Val­ley and Pem­ber­ton, and a full marathon through a two-loop run course that fol­lows the me­an­der­ing Val­ley Trail past Lost Lake and Green Lake in Whistler. The race ends with an elec­tric fin­ish line in Whistler’s Olympic Plaza.

Iron­man Canada was held in Pen­tic­ton from 1983 un­til 2012 when the City formed a new part­ner­ship with Chal­lenge Fam­ily.

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