Coast-to-coast Cana­dian Mul­tisport

Triathlon Magazine Canada - - GEAR -

It is go­ing to be quite a year for the sport here in Canada as we cel­e­brate our 150th year. We’re host­ing five dif­fer­ent world cham­pi­onships in Pen­tic­ton in Au­gust. We will have not one, but two World Triathlon Se­ries races (Ed­mon­ton and Mon­treal). Our na­tional cham­pi­onship stan­dard- and sprint-dis­tance races re­turn to Ot­tawa to help cel­e­brate the 150th an­niver­sary. There are six Iron­man and Iron­man 70.3 events across the coun­try, not to men­tion a pair of Rev 3 races in Ni­a­gara Falls, Ont. and St. An­drews, N.B. So, to help you plan your race sea­son this year, here’s our an­nual race guide.

Oliver Half Iron

June 4 Lo­cated in B.C.’S beau­ti­ful south­ern Okana­gan Val­ley, the Oliver Half Iron of­fers a stun­ning course in one of Canada’s most pic­turesque re­gions. The race features a swim in the calm Tuc-el-nuit Lake wa­ters in the heart of Oliver, a bike course fea­tur­ing parts of the fa­mous orig­i­nal Iron­man Canada course past lo­cal winer­ies and ends with a run through quiet res­i­den­tial neigh­bour­hoods and along the banks of the Okana­gan River. Tak­ing place on June 4th, this is a great early-sea­son race boast­ing ideal tem­per­a­tures and pro­vid­ing plenty of time in the rest of the sea­son to tackle an ad­di­tional long-course race.

The race also of­fers an Aquabike op­tion which is be­com­ing in­creas­ingly pop­u­lar for ath­letes who are ready to race but can’t do the run or sim­ply want a shorter, al­most-as­chal­leng­ing race.

Subaru Iron­man Canada

July 30 Iron­man Canada has been in­te­gral to the Iron­man brand for well over 30 years. The race, now si­t­u­ated in Whistler, draws ath­letes from around the world to the rus­tic Western Canada ski re­sort. Now of­fer­ing a 70.3 race along­side the full dis­tance, Iron­man Canada has be­come an even larger race week­end on the Cana­dian triathlon scene.

Triath­letes re­turn to Iron­man Canada each year for a course that is as chal­leng­ing as it is beau­ti­ful. After a swim in the shal­low wa­ters of Alta Lake that’s tra­di­tion­ally wet­suit-le­gal, the bike course takes you on an as­cent into the Callaghan Val­ley, then down along the Sea to Sky High­way be­fore re­turn­ing to the town of Whistler. The run course takes place on a stun­ning trail pass­ing two lo­cal lakes and through the town be­fore lead­ing ath­letes to a fin­ish­ing chute by the Olympic plaza.

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