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Whistler Platinum would like to congratulate Platinum guest Marino 'Bink' Vanhoenacker of Belgium on winning the 2014 Subaru IRONMAN Canada competition in the men's category and Bree Wee of Hawaii in the women's category.
Vanhoenacker finished the Subaru Ironman Canada course in a time of eight hours, 16 minutes, 10 seconds to claim the pro men's title. Wee won the pro women's title in a time of nine hours, 46 minutes, 58 seconds.
Congratulations to all the triathletes who came from across the world to participate in the race. We loved being on the sidelines cheering you on!
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. This summer is Whistler's second year hosting the event which will be the 33rd running of IRONMAN Canada.
"We are absolutely thrilled, and honoured, that Whistler has been chosen from among some of the country's most spectacular destinations to host IRONMAN Canada," said Breton Murphy, Tourism Whistler's Director of Partnerships and lead for the Whistler Organizing Committee, which responded to the request for proposals by WTC.
The race starts with a two-loop, 2.4-mile (3.86 km) swim in Alta Lake at Rainbow Park. Athletes enjoy a lakeside transition before starting a one-loop 112-mile (180.25 km)bike course that is comparable in difficulty to the bike route at IRONMAN Lake Placid, IRONMAN Coeur d'Alene, and the previous IRONMAN Canada.
Athletes will travel south on the Sea-to-Sky Highway before climbing into the Callaghan Valley, site of the Nordic skiing events during the 2010 Winter Olympics. After descending back to the highway, athletes pass through Whistler on their way north to Pemberton. An out-and-back section allows athletes breathtakingly beautiful views of glaciated peaks, while racing on a completely flat section of road.
Athletes return to Whistler via the Sea-to-Sky Highway over rolling terrain where they will transition to the run. The two-loop run 26.2 miles (42.2km) course follows the meandering Valley Trail past Lost Lake and Green Lake allowing spectators to reinvigorate athletes with a return through Whistler Village at the halfway point of the run before finishing adjacent to Whistler Olympic Plaza.
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.