Triathlon Magazine Canada

GERARD CHARLTON

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The Reluctant Hero Mid-1980s to Mid-1990s

Some people use an Ironman race as a one-time, bucketlist adventure, but other athletes use it as a springboar­d to dive deeper into endurance events. Charlton, who was an air force pilot and trainer, did his first Ironman Canada race in 1985, placing sixth overall. After years of high-level success as an amateur, the challenge of the full-distance waned and, on the advice of Steve King, Charlton entered the world of ultra triathlons. He won Ultraman Canada in 2005. Years later, the Vancouver resident, became only the third person to have completed the 21-mile swim, 400mile bike and 135-mile run that comprise the Uberman Ultra Triathlon. Nowadays, if Charlton decides to toe the line, it won’t be “to chase a time,” but rather, to support a cause such as Covenant House or Canuck Place.

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