2017 NATIONAL RACE CALENDAR
Coast-to-coast Canadian Multisport
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.