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Elizabeth Model

We’re used to see­ing her com­pete with part­ner John Wragg, who has now fin­ished over 210 Iron­man races around the world, but Down­town Sur­rey BIA CEO Elizabeth Model re­cently made his­tory her­self, be­com­ing the first woman in the world to have fin­ished ev­ery Iron­man triathlon. Model joins an elite group of four in achiev­ing this feat, along with Wragg, Mex­ico’s Luis Al­varez and Amer­i­can Jeff Jonas. She’s com­pleted an Iron­man event on six con­ti­nents and even done a marathon in Antarc­tica. Model started do­ing triathlon events at 46. “Be­ing the first woman in his­tory to com­plete ev­ery Iron­man is some­thing I will be for­ever proud of,” says Model. “Since 2006, I have had my mind set on reach­ing this goal. Af­ter suf­fer­ing a se­ri­ous ski­ing ac­ci­dent last De­cem­ber, I had to keep the goal in clear fo­cus dur­ing the re­cov­ery process, but was able to overcome the set­backs in order to fin­ish this year and join the elite Iron­man fin­ish­ers’ club.”

Lac-megan­tic to host Canada Man/ Woman

De­ter­mined to change the way that Lac-megan­tic will be re­mem­bered, a group called En­durance Ad­ven­ture, who have a long his­tory of or­ga­niz­ing ad­ven­ture-rac­ing events, are putting on a new “Xtreme” type full- dis­tance race. Fea­tur­ing a 4:30 a.m. swim start, ath­letes will work through the 3.8-km swim be­fore tak­ing on a tough 180-km bike that in­cludes 2,500 m of climb­ing. Ath­letes will have 15 hours to reach the base of Mont Megan­tic Na­tional Park to take on the last 8.5 km of the run on trails lead­ing to the Mont Megan­tic Ob­ser­va­tory.

Van Bruggen be­comes Tri-can CEO

Triathlon Canada has hired a new chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer. Vic­to­ria res­i­dent Kim Van Bruggen took the new po­si­tion last Novem­ber. Formerly the pres­i­dent and CEO of Acu­men Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Group, a public re­la­tions com­pany based in Vic­to­ria, Van Bruggen brings an ex­ten­sive back­ground of work­ing with all lev­els of govern­ment and non-profit or­ga­ni­za­tions.

An avid triath­lete her­self, Van Bruggen com­peted in her first triathlon more than 30 years ago.

“It’s time to launch a new era and re­build our­selves,” Van Bruggen told TMC. “My goal is to get us back where we need to be. Big things need to hap­pen to build back up, and I strongly be­lieve that you can’t ex­pect ex­cel­lence (in the na­tional pro­gram) if you don’t dis­play it or­ga­ni­za­tion­ally. I want to make sure that from a foun­da­tional stand­point, we have all the pieces and tools in place mov­ing for­ward. This means that our high per­for­mance di­rec­tor and coaches will all be on the same page so we can move for­ward on sta­ble foot­ing. To ex­e­cute this, it’s the sim­ple things like devel­op­ing a strate­gic plan, a road map for the or­ga­ni­za­tion and look­ing at the next four to five years specif­i­cally.”– TMC

LEFT The new En­durance Ad­ven­ture race will fin­ish atop Mont Ma­gan­tic at the ob­ser­va­tory ABOVE Elizabeth Model

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