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In 2013, World Triathlon Corporation (WTC) announced Whistler, British Columbia as the new venue of the IRONMAN Canada triathlon. IRONMAN Canada in Whistler builds on the legacy of the 2010 Winter Olympics, while offering athletes a beautiful, challenging experience in a world-class venue.
The race begins with a two-loop, 2.4-mile swim in the clean, shallow waters of Alta Lake. The average water temperature in late July is 67 to 72 degrees Fahrenheit, making it a perfect and comfortable wetsuit-legal swim.
Athletes transition to their bikes at a lake side transition area before beginning a unique one-loop bike course. The 112-mile course compares to the challenging but spectacular routes at IRONMAN Lake Placid and IRONMAN Coeur d'Alene. The course begins on the Sea-to-Sky Highway before climbing into the Callaghan Valley (the site of the Nordic skiing events during the 2010 Winter Olympics). After descending back to the highway, athletes pass through the town of Whistler on their way north to Pemberton. A flat out-and-back section opens to breathtaking views of snow-capped peaks before returning to Whistler over rolling terrain.
The two-loop run course follows the meandering Valley Trail past Lost Lake and Green Lake, allowing spectators plenty of opportunities to cheer for their athletes. At the halfway point through Whistler Village, competitors will get a boost right where it matters most. The day ends in Whistler's Olympic Plaza, a central and festive location to cross the finish line, secure your medal, and celebrate your accomplishment.
Spectators can view the swim start by accessing Rainbow Park via the Valley Trail. It is 3 kilometers (2 miles) walk/bike ride from Whistler Village to Rainbow Park. Additionally, a live video of the swim start will be broadcasted on the large screen at Whistler Olympic Plaza. The bike course passes through Whistler Village three times, a great place to watch the athletes. The run course also passes through Whistler Village two times, then again at the finish.
Visit the official IRONMAN Canada website for all your race details.