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Ironman Canada coming back to Penticton?
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The city of Penticton has just issued a press release that they had been in negotiations to host Ironman Canada on the last weekend of August starting in 2020! They have been in talks for several months, but had a NDA.

https://www.penticton.ca/...amp;utm_medium=email
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Re: Ironman Canada coming back to Penticton? [Trygal] [ In reply to ]
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I thought Whistler was renewed through 2020, did I miss something?
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Re: Ironman Canada coming back to Penticton? [Trygal] [ In reply to ]
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Dang, lots of movement for Ironman lately. I wonder if this is related to the St George Ironman rotation. Either Penticton is in the every 3 years rotation or if they have the yearly ‘Ironman Canada’ and Whistler is part of the rotation

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Re: Ironman Canada coming back to Penticton? [Pun_Times] [ In reply to ]
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the city is talking about a 5 year agreement for a full distance each year. So it dosnt look like part of the rotation

vote is happening tuesday night at 6pm and from what we see currently, i think it s highly likely that it will pass

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Re: Ironman Canada coming back to Penticton? [Pun_Times] [ In reply to ]
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I was wondering the same. Would kind of make sense, I heard ST Geroge numbers were starting to drop due to heat, Whistlers are dropping due to climbing (other factors as well) so if those are going to be looked at as the "hard races" might as well make them the NA champs and only do them every 3 years. Question is where will number 3 be??
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Re: Ironman Canada coming back to Penticton? [walie] [ In reply to ]
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walie wrote:
I thought Whistler was renewed through 2020, did I miss something?

Whistler could be converted to be a 70.3 only, while Penticton reclaims the 140.6. Just speculating...
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Re: Ironman Canada coming back to Penticton? [Trygal] [ In reply to ]
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If I was a resident I would be pissed about giving half a million to WTC every year.
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Re: Ironman Canada coming back to Penticton? [walie] [ In reply to ]
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Probably the fine print.
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Re: Ironman Canada coming back to Penticton? [NordicSkier] [ In reply to ]
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NordicSkier wrote:
If I was a resident I would be pissed about giving half a million to WTC every year.

Based on their history, they should have been able to make a knowledgeable decision about this. If IM's coming back, Penticton (and St. George) should know what they're signing up for. Fool me once and all...
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Re: Ironman Canada coming back to Penticton? [NordicSkier] [ In reply to ]
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NordicSkier wrote:
If I was a resident I would be pissed about giving half a million to WTC every year.

Sometimes you gotta give to get. I imagine the bed and sales taxes generated by the event greatly exceed that contribution else the council would not do it.
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Re: Ironman Canada coming back to Penticton? [NordicSkier] [ In reply to ]
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The financials are not just as straightforward as writing a check and saying goodbye to the money. Most cities have is a resort tax on lodging which will go right back into the funds the city pulled from. If done right, the economic benefit of the race should far outweigh the cost.

The first year Ironman Canada was in Whistler they reported $17.3 million in economic benefit including $3.2 million in providence and federal taxes
https://www.whistler.ca/...onomic-activity-2013

Matt
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Re: Ironman Canada coming back to Penticton? [Trygal] [ In reply to ]
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OMG - I saw this too
I'm totally in for 2020
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Re: Ironman Canada coming back to Penticton? [NordicSkier] [ In reply to ]
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but you are not ;) so far....i would say most of us would be happy if we consider the $$$ coming in.... it s a investment

the survey of the city show clearly the local want it back and willing to pay for it...

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Re: Ironman Canada coming back to Penticton? [jonnyo] [ In reply to ]
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hope the forest fires aren't an issue

August is perfect! I can do Oliver in June and Penticton in August.
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Re: Ironman Canada coming back to Penticton? [y_nigel] [ In reply to ]
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with the current climate change, it's a safe bet to say all western canada and usa will be greatly affected by forest fire for extended period in the summer. we all expect it will happen again this year and are learning to live with it.

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Re: Ironman Canada coming back to Penticton? [jonnyo] [ In reply to ]
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It was getting awfully lonely out on the run to Ok Falls on those training runs. Now Maybe Jen and Dave will have some more company?

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Re: Ironman Canada coming back to Penticton? [Hydrosloth] [ In reply to ]
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Anyone know who the race director would be? I'd say draft Joe Dixon from Dynamic Race Events. Knows the area super well and was the previous Ironman R.D.

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Re: Ironman Canada coming back to Penticton? [Trygal] [ In reply to ]
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I hope they:

  • Keep the original swim, bike, and run courses
  • Keep the 70.3 in Whistler


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Re: Ironman Canada coming back to Penticton? [Cycling nation] [ In reply to ]
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Glad I’m getting whistler full in this year

I have a place I whistler so this makes me sad if true
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Re: Ironman Canada coming back to Penticton? [Trygal] [ In reply to ]
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Calgary blew the Olympics! Penticton can save the country! 🤪🤪🤪 Bring back Ironman Canada to its rightful place. There will be a race, and rest assured any Ironman athlete who has ever experienced IMC in Penticton from 1 to 30 years will always and forever want it back. All the volunteers in 2012 who wanted a crack at preregistration for 2013 can now register first! Well. Immediately after me and the 30 people I know! 🤪🤪🤪 Thank you Penticton and Thank you Ironman. Who is this JonnyO guy ever body is talking about? Sounds smart? Side note! Have a great day in St. George everyone
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Re: Ironman Canada coming back to Penticton? [Trygal] [ In reply to ]
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It was my dream to do Ironman Canada every 10 years. I did it in 2002,2012. But after the race went to Vancouver, I lost interest. I'm a local, so I guess thats why. Stoked about the possibility of doing it again in 2022!
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Re: Ironman Canada coming back to Penticton? [Trygal] [ In reply to ]
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Great news.

This has been rumored for some time.

For newer people to the sport it's worth knowing that, IMC was one of the original 4 or 5 IM races around the world started up just after Ironman Hawaii got going.

It was also the template and the model that Graham Fraser used when he launched the expansion of IM races around North America in 1999 and 2000.

The original single loop swim/bike/run courses were challenging and epic taking in the best of the Okanagan Valley and surrounding areas.

Back in the late '80's and for the next 10+ years, the very best triathletes in the world - Professionals and Age-Groupers, came to Penticton to race at IMC!

What other host IRONMAN city and race location honored all it's race winners (women & men) with prominent bronze plaques in the park that serves as the Transition Area! Not even IRONMAN Hawaii, the World Championships does that!!

It's also a place for world class wines! :-)

On a personal note it's where both my wife and I had a few of our absolute best races ever as triathletes. It's a race that I had close business ties to working in the sport for a leading brand in the business. It's where I got my start Race Announcing alongside the legendary Steve King (Thanks, Steve), and Live Stream Commentary work.


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Cycling nation wrote:
I hope they:

  • Keep the original swim, bike, and run courses
  • Keep the 70.3 in Whistler

Agree. An iconic course. Highly recommended! If they need to add a 70.3 to get the numbers required to keep the full there on the original course, add a 70.3.
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Re: Ironman Canada coming back to Penticton? [Mark Lemmon] [ In reply to ]
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to get the numbers

I think for the first few years, Mark, they will not have a challenge with the numbers for the full. With nostalgia and curiosity running high, I'm predicting that the race will "sell out" at whatever number they pick for that.


. . . and yes, I hope they go with the original single loop courses!


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Fleck wrote:

Great news.

This has been rumored for some time.

For newer people to the sport it's worth knowing that, IMC was one of the original 4 or 5 IM races around the world started up just after Ironman Hawaii got going. (& was also an "Iron Distance" race prior to the branding)

It was also the template and the model that Graham Fraser used when he launched the expansion of IM races around North America in 1999 and 2000. (indeed, for better or for worse, in hindsight, I'd say... for better)

The original single loop swim/bike/run courses were challenging and epic taking in the best of the Okanagan Valley and surrounding areas. (great views all day regardless of the weather that mother nature threw at us). Single loop courses are a luxury most IM races can not afford, partly I suspect because of VOLUNTEERS. Penticton is the home of the original IRON-ARMY. I still see senior citizens at the Cherry Lane Mall sporting their volunteer t-shirts from the 1990s!

Back in the late '80's and for the next 10+ years, the very best triathletes in the world - Professionals and Age-Groupers, came to Penticton to race at IMC! (this used to be a regular stop for Tinley, Erin Baker won here, Thomas Helriegel, CHUCKY V!)

What other host IRONMAN city and race location honored all it's race winners (women & men) with prominent bronze plaques in the park that serves as the Transition Area! Not even IRONMAN Hawaii, the World Championships does that!! (I think there's room for a few more plaques in the park!!)

It's also a place for world class wines! :-) (now that is a compliment, coming from someone from Ontario!!)

On a personal note it's where both my wife and I had a few of our absolute best races ever as triathletes. It's a race that I had close business ties to working in the sport for a leading brand in the business. It's where I got my start Race Announcing alongside the legendary Steve King (Thanks, Steve), and Live Stream Commentary work. (talked to Steve last night, of course he's hyped about this development, it's only fitting that if the race "comes home" Steve brings us home)

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Re: Ironman Canada coming back to Penticton? [Hydrosloth] [ In reply to ]
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Single loop courses are a luxury most IM races can not afford, partly I suspect because of VOLUNTEERS. Penticton is the home of the original IRON-ARMY. I still see senior citizens at the Cherry Lane Mall sporting their volunteer t-shirts from the 1990s!


Agreed.

For the most part now other then a few exceptions, they are a thing of the past.

The big single loop courses are considerably more work, more costly, and less engaging for spectators, sponsors and other stakeholders.

Guessing - but I can see them going to a two loop swim, hopefully keeping the bike the same (single loop) and a two loop run - more or less in town.


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Re: Ironman Canada coming back to Penticton? [Fleck] [ In reply to ]
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I did it in 2009, and absolutely LOVED it!! Great city, great course, great people, and I got to hear "Oh Canada....." at the banquet dinner. I would go back in 2020 in a second. Just please include Richter Pass and Yellow Lake on the bike course to keep it challenging. Oh, and yes the last 10 miles back to town on the massive downhill highway/interstate, where you easily hit 50mph and pass the cars. Fun times!!!!

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Re: Ironman Canada coming back to Penticton? [Trygal] [ In reply to ]
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Thanks God, best news I have heard in a while, sorry Ironman Canada's true home is Penticton, that awful 3 loop bike course in Whistler last year was a travesty.
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Penticton is a great town, I enjoyed my three races there. Whistler is great as well, I would say it's better (much better) in terms of lodging availability and family fun. I'd prefer it stay in Whistler.

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Re: Ironman Canada coming back to Penticton? [jonnyo] [ In reply to ]
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jonnyo wrote:
with the current climate change, it's a safe bet to say all western canada and usa will be greatly affected by forest fire for extended period in the summer. we all expect it will happen again this year and are learning to live with it.

Yeah, it was pretty bad last August. My little girl was only about five months old last summer, we kept her inside for a solid week. Been trying to figure out how to hermetically sealed the house.

My buddy went to do one of the famous Alpine rides in Whistler, but couldn't see anything from the top.

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Re: Ironman Canada coming back to Penticton? [CCF] [ In reply to ]
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last summer was bad anywhere in bc, alberta, wa, cal, ore, idaho. with little kids, it s difficult as they get affected. But this is a new reality we will have to deal with for many years to come. I took off in high mountain a few times with the kids and camp to escape the smoke!

whistler as much better lodging option. it s such a fun weekend there with family etc so i hope both races stay. I m always looking forward to that race and my athletes love it.

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Re: Ironman Canada coming back to Penticton? [jonnyo] [ In reply to ]
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I really hope they keep something in whistler
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Re: Ironman Canada coming back to Penticton? [Animalmom2] [ In reply to ]
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Do most people fly into Vancouver for Penticton? Looks like a 4.5 hour drive.
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Re: Ironman Canada coming back to Penticton? [70Trigirl] [ In reply to ]
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70Trigirl wrote:
Do most people fly into Vancouver for Penticton? Looks like a 4.5 hour drive.

I was living in Vancouver the past few years and did the 4 hour drive or so for the Multisport world champs and Superleague, but if I was coming from further a field would look at flying into Penticton. You could also fly to Kelowna which is a bigger town pretty close by!

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Re: Ironman Canada coming back to Penticton? [42point2] [ In reply to ]
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Thanks, I just looked on Orbitz out of curiosity and flights are not bad into Kelowna (flying from Montreal). I'm signed up for Whistler this year but am intrigued about Penticton. Maybe in the near future :-)
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Re: Ironman Canada coming back to Penticton? [70Trigirl] [ In reply to ]
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As a Penticton local, I rarely fly out of Penticton. Flights are usually cheaper and more direct out of Kelowna (YLW) or Vancouver. I would say I probably fly 70% from Kelowna 30% Vancouver if I had to guess. I have flown Southwest out of Spokane before, so depending on where you are connecting from that might be a good option as well. If you haven't spent much time here, the drive from Vancouver to Penticton is quite beautiful if you go through Manning Park, Coquihalla is alright but faster.

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Re: Ironman Canada coming back to Penticton? [Trygal] [ In reply to ]
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Penticton has a great course and is a great area, BUT...they were the absolute worst at price gouging for race accommodations. Better start saving now if you want any chance to afford the probable astronomical accommodation costs :-)
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Re: Ironman Canada coming back to Penticton? [Pun_Times] [ In reply to ]
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Pun_Times wrote:
The financials are not just as straightforward as writing a check and saying goodbye to the money. Most cities have is a resort tax on lodging which will go right back into the funds the city pulled from. If done right, the economic benefit of the race should far outweigh the cost.

The first year Ironman Canada was in Whistler they reported $17.3 million in economic benefit including $3.2 million in providence and federal taxes
https://www.whistler.ca/...onomic-activity-2013

Shouldn't it be "incremental" economic benefit. I'm sure Whistler/Penticton have fairly high occupancy rates during the summer from tourism.
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Re: Ironman Canada coming back to Penticton? [IntenseOne] [ In reply to ]
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No kidding! You had to go through a single point of contact for all hotels. It was a five night minimum. And for the price I paid the hotel (Days Inn) was very run down and in serious need of updating. Maybe its better now. They could get away with that when the race sold out in an hour, but I'm not sure that would fly these days.
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Re: Ironman Canada coming back to Penticton? [Symonds] [ In reply to ]
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Symonds wrote:
As a Penticton local, I rarely fly out of Penticton. Flights are usually cheaper and more direct out of Kelowna (YLW) or Vancouver. I would say I probably fly 70% from Kelowna 30% Vancouver if I had to guess. I have flown Southwest out of Spokane before, so depending on where you are connecting from that might be a good option as well. If you haven't spent much time here, the drive from Vancouver to Penticton is quite beautiful if you go through Manning Park, Coquihalla is alright but faster.

For 2017 ITU @ Penticton, my wife and I flew Southwest from Tampa to Spokane and drove the rest of the way. It was vastly cheaper than any other option and a pleasant drive. On the way back, we took the time to tour the Grand Coulee dam.
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summitt wrote:
Shouldn't it be "incremental" economic benefit. I'm sure Whistler/Penticton have fairly high occupancy rates during the summer from tourism.

I can't comment about Penticton, but my experience in Whistler in the summer has been very reasonable. Every winter my wife and I say something like "Hey, we should do a Whistler trip". It has basically become a joke, things are booked SO far in advance and they are so expensive as to make it comical. But summer has been totally different. We've been three times in the past two summers (twice in 2017, once for course recon and once for the 70.3, once in 2018 for MTB) and it's always very easy to find a reasonably priced place. There are just so many places to stay, and I guess MTB isn't (yet) as big a draw as the snow.

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No kidding! You had to go through a single point of contact for all hotels. It was a five night minimum. And for the price I paid the hotel (Days Inn) was very run down and in serious need of updating. Maybe its better now. They could get away with that when the race sold out in an hour, but I'm not sure that would fly these days.

Can't agree more. I've been to Penticton for the race four times (once to volunteer, thrice to race) and each time lodging was a nightmare. Once we camped outside of town, and we ended up staying in Oliver the other three years. Couldn't find a place in town, silly night minimums, jacked prices (especially considering what you got for the price). Haven't been since racing in 2011, so I hope it's better now.

Going to the south Okanogan always felt like taking a trip back in time. Little dated motors inns running at full capacity for most of the summer. It was fun, especially when staying in Oliver or Osoyoos (I did the Oliver and Osoyoos halves each time I races IMC, so it was nine trips in three years). But for the big show in Penticton lodging just felt like another obstacle.

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Re: Ironman Canada coming back to Penticton? [CCF] [ In reply to ]
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Thanks for this insight. I love racing in Whistler and Tremblant every year, but Penticton does not check all the boxes for me, for these reasons and the logistics of getting there.
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Re: Ironman Canada coming back to Penticton? [70Trigirl] [ In reply to ]
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Kelowna is common. Connecting flights via Vamcouver or Calgary.

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IntenseOne wrote:
Penticton has a great course and is a great area, BUT...they were the absolute worst at price gouging for race accommodations. Better start saving now if you want any chance to afford the probable astronomical accommodation costs :-)

Lake Placid is like that too. But sharing in 2017 with a couple other athletes wasn't too crazy for housing costs. LP does have that reputation to price gouge for the Ironman week.

I just quickly looked at AirB&B for Penticton and there are a few rentals. Book early is my advice. Not sure if the prices will get jacked up that week. I have a nice AirB&B condo booked for Whistler in the village that wasn't too pricey. Can't wait! :-)
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Re: Ironman Canada coming back to Penticton? [70Trigirl] [ In reply to ]
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70Trigirl wrote:
IntenseOne wrote:
Penticton has a great course and is a great area, BUT...they were the absolute worst at price gouging for race accommodations. Better start saving now if you want any chance to afford the probable astronomical accommodation costs :-)


Lake Placid is like that too. But sharing in 2017 with a couple other athletes wasn't too crazy for housing costs. LP does have that reputation to price gouge for the Ironman week.

I just quickly looked at AirB&B for Penticton and there are a few rentals. Book early is my advice. Not sure if the prices will get jacked up that week. I have a nice AirB&B condo booked for Whistler in the village that wasn't too pricey. Can't wait! :-)

Experienced this first hand at LP this year shelling out nearly $500 a night at the High Peaks resort.

Quick look at Whistler for this July and real nice hotels are sub $300 a night, which is great. Lodging in Penticton looks pretty bleak.

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Re: Ironman Canada coming back to Penticton? [TriSpencer] [ In reply to ]
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Whistler as so many hotels and summer is low season so they have to drop the price. Penticton as limited hotel to start with and high season so it's a very different reality. market dictate the price.

what i recommend my athletes is using Airbnb and renting condo/house as you get decent pricing and much nicer accomodation in penticton.

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Re: Ironman Canada coming back to Penticton? [jonnyo] [ In reply to ]
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is the council vote today? are you going to watch Johnyo?
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Re: Ironman Canada coming back to Penticton? [y_nigel] [ In reply to ]
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Vote at 6:30 pm and yep, I will be there as other for the sport community!

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Re: Ironman Canada coming back to Penticton? [y_nigel] [ In reply to ]
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For those that couldn’t make it, this is the speech that JonnyO delivered to Penticton city council today.

“From the oldest of times, the city of Penticton hosted Ironman for a number of reasons. They hosted Ironman in prayer or so that their crops would be plentiful or so their hunt would be good. And they hosted Ironman to stay physically fit and show their community spirit. And they hosted Ironman to celebrate. And that, that is the Ironman that we’re talking about.

Aren’t we told in Psalm 149: ‘Praise ye the Lord. Sing unto the Lord a new song. Let them praise His name in the Ironman’?…It was King David. King David, who we read about in Samuel, and, and what did David do? What did David do? What did David do? ‘David finshed an Ironman before the 17 hour cutoff with all his might, leaping, leaping and finishing Ironman before the 17 hour cut off.’ Leaping and finishing Ironman!

Ecclesiastes assures us that there is a time to every purpose under heaven. A time to laugh and a time to weep. A time to mourn and there is a time to host an Ironman. And there was a time for this feud, but not anymore. See, this is our time to host an Ironman. It is our way of, of celebrating life. It’s the way it was in the beginning. It’s the way it’s always been. It’s the way it should be now.”


Then JonnyO stormed out of the room. I’ve never seen anything like it. Not even in Footlose ;)

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Re: Ironman Canada coming back to Penticton? [jonnyo] [ In reply to ]
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Whistler as so many hotels and summer is low season so they have to drop the price.


I believe that at some point in the last two year's Whistler's Summer Business, surpassed it's Winter Business.

Last year, I heard that many folks who had been to IMC in Whistler were noting a significant increase in Hotel Room prices!

Here's the other thing about Whistler after being there last year to see it first hand. No question that it's a fabulous location - stunning actually, and the event was very well organized, but I had the sense that many people in the town either had no idea about it or didn't seem to care. Whistler hosts SO MANY events now, they all start to become a blur if they are not on the level of say CrankWerx or the WorldCup Downhill, they get kind of lost in the shuffle - and that's how IMC in Whistler felt to me. I heard they had difficulty getting the volunteer numbers they needed in Whistler - due to volunteer fatigue within the Whistler community.

Contrast that with IMC in Penticton, which while it was there, really put Penticton on the map! The town, historically REALLY cared about it. In Penticton again, historically you NEVER had any issues getting volunteers.


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Re: Ironman Canada coming back to Penticton? [Trygal] [ In reply to ]
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As someone who did 18 Ironman Canada from the late 1980's to 2008 I think it would be a wonderful idea to return to Penticton, I loved going there for the race from southern CA every year it was so much fun, the town was great, the people looked after you really well, yes there was the issues of hotels etc. implementing the four or five night rule in the mid 90's. but I guess I was lucky to meet some wonderful folks that after the initial years in hotels we stayed with a couple who ran a B and B and therefore got to live the Penticton life with them for a week, then we would go off for another week after the race, exploring around BC or Alberta, such happy times. The course was one thing that attracted me being one loop swim, and bike, yes it changed over the years but it was a great course with plenty of volunteers, I was lucky enough to qualify quite a few times for Hawaii there and as much I loved that race for different reasons it was hard to beat Penticton. I just wish I would be able to go back and race there if it returns.
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Re: Ironman Canada coming back to Penticton? [Symonds] [ In reply to ]
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well play diamond......!!!!

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Re: Ironman Canada coming back to Penticton? [jonnyo] [ In reply to ]
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Council has approved (as expected), it’s official!
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Re: Ironman Canada coming back to Penticton? [randomtriguy] [ In reply to ]
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YAYYYY!
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Re: Ironman Canada coming back to Penticton? [Furiosa] [ In reply to ]
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awesome news - i'm totally in
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Re: Ironman Canada coming back to Penticton? [y_nigel] [ In reply to ]
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 Great news! When will we have dates? Wouldn't it be cool to book hotels now before they change their prices!
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Re: Ironman Canada coming back to Penticton? [jonnyo] [ In reply to ]
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Anyone know what they’re going to do with Whistler? I’m assuming a 70.3 probably in the usual late July date.

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The GMAN wrote:
Anyone know what they’re going to do with Whistler? I’m assuming a 70.3 probably in the usual late July date.

I was going to ask the same question. I hope they at least keep the 70.3 in Whistler. We are heading there in July for the full (me) and the half (my husband). Glad I signed up for Whistler this year. That being said I think we would sign up for Penticton in the future. I love races steeped in history and love that the whole town is excited to host the athletes.
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Re: Ironman Canada coming back to Penticton? [70Trigirl] [ In reply to ]
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I will be inconceivably bummed if they shelve whistler.
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Re: Ironman Canada coming back to Penticton? [Trygal] [ In reply to ]
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So what's the outcome? I got the sense that it was just a Council vote to support a bid.
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Re: Ironman Canada coming back to Penticton? [davetallo] [ In reply to ]
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If I am reading this correctly, Penticton approved to accept a bid but I haven't heard that Ironman has approached them....is this correct?
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Re: Ironman Canada coming back to Penticton? [MadisonMan] [ In reply to ]
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Ironman staff was in town yesturday to present the negotiated contract to the city with details of what will happen. The city voted on the go ahead to finalize the negotiation. So it s a done deal. Penticton will be the only Ironman in western canada and Ironman will keep the old classic one loop bike course. They will also keep the old tradition of the race with banquet, etc. The race is In August 2020 for 5 year contract. Ironman want to sign contract now as it s quick turnaround.

The city is very excited to get te race back and community support is very high currently

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Re: Ironman Canada coming back to Penticton? [jonnyo] [ In reply to ]
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Are you saying Whistler full is done?

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Re: Ironman Canada coming back to Penticton? [mauricemaher] [ In reply to ]
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Well, they said Penticton will be ironman canada and they will only be imc and tremblant in canada. So you go ahead with conclusion....

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Re: Ironman Canada coming back to Penticton? [Trygal] [ In reply to ]
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Any idea what that course would look like elevation wise on the bike/run based on the previous course? I did St. George this year and it was fun but definitely challenging. I'm ready for something a little flatter!
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Re: Ironman Canada coming back to Penticton? [Animalmom2] [ In reply to ]
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I will be inconceivably bummed if they shelve whistler.

Agree. Hopefully the half lives on. Thank god nobody is taking the bike park, though. :)

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Any idea what that course would look like elevation wise on the bike/run based on the previous course? I did St. George this year and it was fun but definitely challenging. I'm ready for something a little flatter!

I think the classic course is about 1200-1300m (4000 ft?) with 2 long climbs (6 and 10 miles long). So, not flat but a lot flatter than the Whistler course(s); Last year, IMC bike it was about 9500 ft.

Not sure what the run will end up looking like.
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CyclingClyde wrote:
trm08b wrote:
Any idea what that course would look like elevation wise on the bike/run based on the previous course? I did St. George this year and it was fun but definitely challenging. I'm ready for something a little flatter!


I think the classic course is about 1200-1300m (4000 ft?) with 2 long climbs (6 and 10 miles long). So, not flat but a lot flatter than the Whistler course(s); Last year, IMC bike it was about 9500 ft.

Not sure what the run will end up looking like.

Nice! I don't mind a hilly bike but getting off that and then heading uphill on the run hits hard. I should probably up my training though ha!
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Re: Ironman Canada coming back to Penticton? [jonnyo] [ In reply to ]
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Oh great, let's replace a fantastic race with one that harder to get to, more expensive to stay in, is significantly flatter and likely another place for the ever increasing draft fests.... Count me out, thank goodness for StG....



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CCF wrote:
Animalmom2 wrote:
I will be inconceivably bummed if they shelve whistler.


Agree. Hopefully the half lives on. Thank god nobody is taking the bike park, though. :)

Personally I am bummed about the full leaving Whistler (hopefully the half remains) especially as this year's bike course looks to be fixed - you can thank/blame Pemberton for the last couple of years.

As my first full, I feel that Penticton is a special course: exciting/chaotic mass start, although these days with the swim initiative I imagine they'll do a rolling start, fantastic single loop bike course and a great run, unless you're out there alone after dark. In Penticton you KNOW Ironman is in town whereas in Whistler it just fits in with everything else going on. However availability and unbelievable price gouging for truly miserable (read: sh!thole) accommodations is a serious turnoff as is the late August date.

In truth I'll probably sign up for it again eventually but would take a rotating Whistler over that. Full disclosure: I have a place in Whistler so there's a major convenience factor at play here too.

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Re: Ironman Canada coming back to Penticton? [CPT Chaos] [ In reply to ]
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So did Whistler just go "eff it, I'm out. We make more money with Crankworx anyway"?
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I'm also hoping that Whistler keeps the half. That could solve some of the issues with the post-Pemberton course, enabling a single loop and fully opening the roads by noon. I am much more likely to sign up for another race in Whistler vs. Pemberton just due to the additional things for the family to do (not to mention differences in accommodation quality/cost and travel time).
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I'm also hoping that Whistler keeps the half. That could solve some of the issues with the post-Pemberton course, enabling a single loop and fully opening the roads by noon. I am much more likely to sign up for another race in Whistler vs. Pemberton just due to the additional things for the family to do (not to mention differences in accommodation quality/cost and travel time).

Did you mean to say Penticton?

Pink? Maybe. Maybe not. You decide.
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getting super ahead of myself - but would staying in Oliver be practical?
i'd rather spend a week at Lakeside Resort than in-town in Penticton
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So did Whistler just go "eff it, I'm out. We make more money with Crankworx anyway"?

Pemberton really effed the full IM in Whistler and signup numbers were declining a lot after that.
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getting super ahead of myself - but would staying in Oliver be practical?
i'd rather spend a week at Lakeside Resort than in-town in Penticton

Yeah, it's not terrible. I did it two of the three times I raced there, largely due to the lack of options in Penticton.

It was nice because Oliver has good places to swim/bike/run, and also grocery, places to eat, etc. So everything on those fronts is covered. Driving back and forth to Penticton did get tiring, bike check, registration, etc. Also race morning I had to leave pretty early, but I was up anyway, so that wasn't really an issue.

If you're going to do it, I would just say plan your trips into Penticton well, make sure you get everything done, know how long it will take, and then just sit back and relax.

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Re: Ironman Canada coming back to Penticton? [japarker24] [ In reply to ]
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mike_w wrote:
I'm also hoping that Whistler keeps the half. That could solve some of the issues with the post-Pemberton course, enabling a single loop and fully opening the roads by noon. I am much more likely to sign up for another race in Whistler vs. Pemberton just due to the additional things for the family to do (not to mention differences in accommodation quality/cost and travel time).


Did you mean to say Penticton?

Yes
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Did Whistler last year. Probably my favorite triathlon venue to date. Hate to see it go.
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Re: Ironman Canada coming back to Penticton? [y_nigel] [ In reply to ]
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y_nigel wrote:
getting super ahead of myself - but would staying in Oliver be practical?
i'd rather spend a week at Lakeside Resort than in-town in Penticton

Oliver is a 40km drive and doesn't have a lot of accommodation. Most visitors to Oliver stay in Osoyoos or Penticton.
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Re: Ironman Canada coming back to Penticton? [CPT Chaos] [ In reply to ]
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It s impossible to please everyone. I love whistler and hope they keep a 70.3. But Penticton is a iconic course that was selling out in hours until it s demise in 2012. Imc is going back where it was born and in my completely subjective opinion, the best course in the world.

Penticton is everything but a flat course. It s not a easy ride and those 30-50min climb sure can break groups apart.

But as I said, it s impossible to please everyone

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CCF wrote:
y_nigel wrote:
getting super ahead of myself - but would staying in Oliver be practical?
i'd rather spend a week at Lakeside Resort than in-town in Penticton


Yeah, it's not terrible. I did it two of the three times I raced there, largely due to the lack of options in Penticton.

It was nice because Oliver has good places to swim/bike/run, and also grocery, places to eat, etc. So everything on those fronts is covered. Driving back and forth to Penticton did get tiring, bike check, registration, etc. Also race morning I had to leave pretty early, but I was up anyway, so that wasn't really an issue.

If you're going to do it, I would just say plan your trips into Penticton well, make sure you get everything done, know how long it will take, and then just sit back and relax.

awesome - thanks for the reply
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Shall we wager on whether it sells out past year one? I think you will find that the 'iconic' race there is of not huge appeal to many/most of the people not rooted in their emotional history there. I hope it is successful, but cannot see how a race so hard to get to, will be a big interest.

One question, best in the world? Have you done the European IMs or the Asian/S. Pacific IMs?



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Re: Ironman Canada coming back to Penticton? [jonnyo] [ In reply to ]
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in my completely subjective opinion, the best course in the world.

You're probably a wee bit biased.
It's a pretty nice course, but always disappointed me that because of logistics and course difficulty it couldn't use some of the minor roads.
I'd love to see it go up Green Lake Rd, Willowbrook to Fairview, or maybe down to Oliver and over to Black Sage.
Also, Twin Lakes to White lake Rd on the last portion
That would push the elevation gain well north of 2100m. FUN!
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i have no clue how it will turnout. Only time will tell. But whistler started at 2600 participant in 2012 and was down to about 1100 last year. And the city wasnt overly excited about the event on a logistic and closing highway standpoint. So WTC had to do something.


I been in the sport of triathlon for 20+ years....race professionally on almost all continent and/or been involved with many races as working force etc... i do have a idea of the races around.... lots of great races and as i said, not one single races please everyone. I love whistler, go every single year to the race and hope it goes on... but people didnt want to register for the full anymore.... or at least not in big numbers.


Penticton isnt exactly hard to get to... it s like getting to lake placid. if that is consider complicated...then....

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Re: Ironman Canada coming back to Penticton? [NordicSkier] [ In reply to ]
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jonnyo wrote:
in my completely subjective opinion, the best course in the world.


You're probably a wee bit biased.
It's a pretty nice course, but always disappointed me that because of logistics and course difficulty it couldn't use some of the minor roads.
I'd love to see it go up Green Lake Rd, Willowbrook to Fairview, or maybe down to Oliver and over to Black Sage.
Also, Twin Lakes to White lake Rd on the last portion
That would push the elevation gain well north of 2100m. FUN!

i m not sure how much more clear i could have made it that i was biais

personally... i prefer richter pass to white lake, black sage etc. I dont know why but i do. I m not from penticton, i felt in love with the place so move here but there is something about those big climb on the course that make it special. a great biker course where you can make big time and ride away from groups.

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Re: Ironman Canada coming back to Penticton? [CPT Chaos] [ In reply to ]
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Oh great, let's replace a fantastic race with one that harder to get to, more expensive to stay in, is significantly flatter and likely another place for the ever increasing draft fests.... Count me out, thank goodness for StG....

+1. Just signed up for Whistler because of this news, third year in a row. Couch to Ironman in 10 weeks, what could go wrong.
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 1200m of elevation gain is not really a bikers course.

I just prefer to be off provincial highways with the heavy summer traffic.
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I side from all the other stuff.

Why Ironman (full) is better in Penticton then Whistler. For Local triathletes West coast to Calgary. You get the best Training prep for the race in that city.

Late August means you can go and ride the course and train in Penticton a lot during July and august. And while you are there do another local race like the peach, apple, etc.

You can start your training season a bit late and enjoy better weather and more time to travel and do other lead up races.

Whistler is not a great training location for biking. Pool is fine and lake takes a while to heat up.

This is a win for the local triathletes over the world. But I am bias too.

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Re: Ironman Canada coming back to Penticton? [Triathletetoth] [ In reply to ]
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Not familiar enough with the old course and how it would tie-in, but the road the portion of Willowbrook Road that the Oliver half used last year was amazing.
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jonnyo wrote:
i have no clue how it will turnout. Only time will tell. But whistler started at 2600 participant in 2012 and was down to about 1100 last year. ....

Are you sure about that? I thought it sold out with some large numbers.
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not 100% accurate but 1180 finisher last year.(sportstats results) add the DNF and DNS and you have the full meal

2012 was over 3000 if you add DNF and DNS

the 70.3 as help greatly in making the race financially viable

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Re: Ironman Canada coming back to Penticton? [CPT Chaos] [ In reply to ]
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I feel the same way, unfortunate they are moving away from Whistler. Think you summarize pretty well the cons.
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I'm also hoping that Whistler keeps the half. That could solve some of the issues with the post-Pemberton course, enabling a single loop and fully opening the roads by noon. I am much more likely to sign up for another race in Whistler vs. Pemberton just due to the additional things for the family to do (not to mention differences in accommodation quality/cost and travel time).

God yes and I have a place in whistler. Having a home course is fabulous.

So glad I’ve been to training for my first full this July. I’d have hated to miss it
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Re: Ironman Canada coming back to Penticton? [NordicSkier] [ In reply to ]
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NordicSkier wrote:
jonnyo wrote:
in my completely subjective opinion, the best course in the world.

You're probably a wee bit biased.
It's a pretty nice course, but always disappointed me that because of logistics and course difficulty it couldn't use some of the minor roads.
I'd love to see it go up Green Lake Rd, Willowbrook to Fairview, or maybe down to Oliver and over to Black Sage.
Also, Twin Lakes to White lake Rd on the last portion
That would push the elevation gain well north of 2100m. FUN!

The very last think i want in an Ironman full is hard to get to and painful logistics once there
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Re: Ironman Canada coming back to Penticton? [CPT Chaos] [ In reply to ]
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Shall we wager on whether it sells out past year one? I think you will find that the 'iconic' race there is of not huge appeal to many/most of the people not rooted in their emotional history there. I hope it is successful, but cannot see how a race so hard to get to, will be a big interest.

One question, best in the world? Have you done the European IMs or the Asian/S. Pacific IMs?

It's probably unfair to compare any race now to high water IM participation rates in 2012. So yeah, I don't think Penticton is going to hit the numbers it achieved in the past even in year one (or is it 31). I did the ITU Long Course race there in 2017 and I've done 4 European IMs. Regardless of course differences between ITU and the so-called 'iconic' course back in the day, Penticton cannot hold a candle to any of the European venues. I've done IM South Africa too, and that one also squashed Penticton as both a destination event and in crowd support.

On the plus side, I did not consider getting to Penticton difficult (coming from Tampa, FL). I think many of the people who say it is hard to get to predominantly race only the venue closest to them. And I did like the swim there. But that's about it. Penticton certainly doesn't merit a repeat visit unless you are into wineries which are admittedly not my thing. However, like all IMs, I want to see it succeed. I just didn't see the big deal when I went. Jonnyo is right though, everyone is different.
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Not hard to get to huh...from Austin, it is faster and easier to fly to Nice than Penticton! :)



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Re: Ironman Canada coming back to Penticton? [Triathletetoth] [ In reply to ]
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Triathletetoth wrote:
I side from all the other stuff.

Why Ironman (full) is better in Penticton then Whistler. For Local triathletes West coast to Calgary. You get the best Training prep for the race in that city.

Late August means you can go and ride the course and train in Penticton a lot during July and august. And while you are there do another local race like the peach, apple, etc.

You can start your training season a bit late and enjoy better weather and more time to travel and do other lead up races.

Whistler is not a great training location for biking. Pool is fine and lake takes a while to heat up.

This is a win for the local triathletes over the world. But I am bias too.

I have done extensive training in Whistler and Penticton. Whistler, IMHO, is a far better location to train. Alta Lake is a great place to swim, and there are many other excellent choices nearby if you want to change things up. The road riding is mostly on the hiway, but there are large lanes to ride in, I always felt 100% safe (except the descent and climb to and from Pemberton, which is no longer an issue), and the running options are amazing.
In Penticton, and throughout the Okanagon, I NEVER felt safe riding. Narrow or no shoulders on most of the roads, tons of fast traffic, and poor sight lines for drivers due to the abundant curves. The lakes get much more wind and chop, and they are so big it is hard to get perspective on distance. I never found any good running trails, but I am sure there are some, just not as many or as obvious as at Whistler.
AND- I found the Okanagon to be beautiful, but BORING.
I never raced IM in Penticton due to the many logistic issues that have been noted, and the outrageous price gouging, but I trained there 2 summers, and rode the course several times. Even without considering the white knuckle traffic issues, I far prefer the riding in Whistler.
From a course perspective, Penticton would not make my top 10- sorry
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Re: Ironman Canada coming back to Penticton? [CPT Chaos] [ In reply to ]
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I just flew to Spokane and had a pleasant drive up from there. It was straightforward and interesting to see how the geography changed so much on the drive.

I hear you on Nice. I flew direct from Tampa to Zurich for IM Switzerland - super simple, but getting to Ironman Norway was complicated although well worth the effort. Compared to going to Norway or South Africa (OMG - 3 flights including one over 15 hrs) traveling to Penticton is a nothing-burger.

But my "local IM" is IM Florida - a 6 hour drive with no need for TBT or a bike bag. I believe that is the sort of standard by which people are judging getting to Penticton.
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jonnyo wrote:
Penticton isnt exactly hard to get to... it s like getting to lake placid. if that is consider complicated...then....

Penticton is FAR easier to get to than Lake Placid.

Coming from the West Coast to Lake Placid for this years IM, I am flying from LA to Chicago, Chicago to Albany, and driving 2+hrs from Albany to Lake Placid.

As long as you can fly to Vancouver (most major airports fly direct), you can then get to Penticton or Kelowna pretty easily.

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Why did you reply to my post?

And Penticton is not hard to get to. Fly to Vancouver, Seattle or Kelowna. Rent a car. Easy.
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Not hard to get to huh...from Austin, it is faster and easier to fly to Nice than Penticton! :)

Nope.

Westjet flies direct to Calgary, then connect to Kelowna.
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Shall I show you the screenshot. Westjet does not fly from Texas so it's a 3 stop trip (15 hour) or 2 stop with a 4.5 hour drive. Nice is a 13 hour 1 stop trip and no car is ever needed...



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Sorry to hear that you didn't enjoy your time in Penticton. Next time you are up this way you will definitely have to check out the Run to the Tunnel past Naramata, the trail on the westside of Skaha Lake (or the better the loop of skaha), the KVR run to the summerland tressel or the trans Canada trail out in Summerland. All are pretty awesome routes. There are some more technical trails out here as well, but I find those are the best for Ironman training.

Swimming wise, the city shelters the lakes from the wind. So if the wind is coming from the North, Skaha will be calm enough to swim. If the wind is coming from the south, Okanagan will be calm. I agree that it can be hard to judge distances in the open water, that why I really like swimming in Okanagan Lake. The Peach to the Sicamous is about 1km (and easy to sight) and there are buoys spaced roughly 40m apart. Its great for measuring out workouts. (i.e 3 hard, one easy)

If anyone else is up in Penticton and wants some advice on training routes, swing by the Bike Barn on Saturdays and I would be thrilled to talk triathlon and tell you my favorite routes or what routes I think would work best for whatever training you have planned.

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I go up to whistler and train too. I don't mind it at all. I didn't mean it was bad due to safety I mean boring to do the same rides each day. Limited road options ROAD options.

you sure contradict yourself a lot though

quote I never raced IM in Penticton due to the many logistic issues. Penticton would not make my top 10- sorry .

This is a bit like 'I Hated the movie preview on my phone on the toilet so I am guessing the movie on the giant screen with 400 people and a full length movie will be just as exciting. '

I have trained in Both never seen so many people helping with aid stations and sharing the road as Penticton.

You are right they are price gouge.

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Re: Ironman Canada coming back to Penticton? [Animalmom2] [ In reply to ]
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Easy logistics once you get here is one of the big advantages to Penticton. It's a big enough city that you have every thing you need, but small enough that everything is closeby. It takes less than 10mins to drive all the way across town.

The big plus though is that it is a single transition course with a fair amount of parking and hotels around. Easy to drop your bike off and get your race package. And super easy race morning. Its pretty rare these days to not have to get on a shuttle or walk to the race start.

There are also plenty of great safe riding and options from right from town for pre race workouts. And you can swim in either Skaha or Okanagan lake anytime you want.

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Re: Ironman Canada coming back to Penticton? [Triathletetoth] [ In reply to ]
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I think with Air bnb around now, prices will be lower. Although it wasnt as big as the IMC projections, I don't remembe hearing too many complaints about price gouging with ITU world in 2017.

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Re: Ironman Canada coming back to Penticton? [CPT Chaos] [ In reply to ]
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CPT Chaos wrote:
Shall I show you the screenshot. Westjet does not fly from Texas so it's a 3 stop trip (15 hour) or 2 stop with a 4.5 hour drive. Nice is a 13 hour 1 stop trip and no car is ever needed...

Here is what I get for flying Alaska Airlines out of Austin.

Austin -> Seattle
Seattle > Kelowna
6 hours, 35 minutes
plus 1 hour drive to Penticton

Total: 7 hours, 35 minutes

Austin -> Seattle
Seattle > Vancouver
6 hours, 25 minutes
plus 2 hour drive to Whistler

Total 8 hours, 25 minutes

Winner: Penticton
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I haven't had to pay for accommodations in Penticton or whistler so I am not sure just going to clients examples and info. BUT

The comments on here are which is better. SO stupid why can both be great . Society keeps picking one side and then arguing.
Whistler has better x,y,z
Penticton has better a,b,c

THE MARKET, triathletes, has spoken Penticton was move successful. The numbers tell the story. Will they still ??? We will find out.

Also Penticton has come to find 'YOU DON'T KNOW WHAT YOU GOT TILL IT IS GONE.'

SIDE NOTE if in the last two years the US to Canadian dollar was closer I think a lot of western US athletes would not have come to whistler. I think it will help a lot come to Penticton if it is still the same. Cheaper race and cheaper exchange. If money is an issue while riding a $10,000 bike?

A western US racer can do Whistler for About $500. I think Zona was $880. Plus your dollar is worth so much more.

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Shall I show you the screenshot. Westjet does not fly from Texas so it's a 3 stop trip (15 hour) or 2 stop with a 4.5 hour drive. Nice is a 13 hour 1 stop trip and no car is ever needed...

Are you just being deliberately obtuse? Westjet does indeed fly to Austin.

https://www.westjet.com/...uide/discover/austin

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tons of awesome training around penticton as symonds has mentioned. While we want to support the local Penticton economy, other options include staying north up in Summerland, West Kelowna or Kelowna. I have done the commute from Kelowna to Penticton the morning of the race. Glad to see Ironman is coming home! (sung in the tone of england's football's coming home).
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One perspective that I don't think really has been brought up in this thread has been that of the spectator.

And I'm not talking the "I'll sit on the patio of this cafe sipping my latte whilst watching those poor bastards suffer" sort of disengaged, casual spectator.

I'm talking the "Dutch Corner" calibre of spectator who is motivated and maybe rabid, and wants to see the suffering en masse.

The kinds of spectators who came in the hundreds to the Yellow Lake climb in the 90's and early 2000's and parked their cars and blasted their tunes and gave us their energy, an experience as close as most of us would/will ever come to Solar Hill.

What a showcase for the sport, what a spectacle, and an inspiration.

Having done the Whistler course, even on the Callahan & Pemberton climbs, nary a soul to be seen or heard. How sad.

If having an "easy & convenient" Ironman spectating experience is what you value(d) - I'd say yeah, what a shame that Whistler is gone. Well, the full distance anyway.

But if you spectate like you race, and you really want to experience the magnitude, and at times, the solitude, of the Ironman experience, the South Okanagan is the real deal.

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I lived for 3 years in Whistler before they had the Ironman and also did IMC in Penticton on 3 occasions and in my view, the IM belongs in Penticton. It was my first Ironman and I loved everything about the race. Okanagan Lake is a nice place to swim, I loved the rolling hills and the entire course set up by the lake.

Whistler was a great place to live but after biking the roads there every single day, really wanted something different and Penticton checked all the boxes. I won't be racing there as I stopped triathlons but it's a great move so thank you for all the work you did to bring it back where it belongs.
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So signed up for IM Canada this year, injured, unlikely to get better in time.

Was going to defer to 2020.

Does this mean I am now going to be racing Pentiction rather than Whistler?
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Two more things for my IMC Penticton wishlist:

  • Have Steve King call the race

  • Keep the mass start for the swim


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I did the race 10 times between 2000 and 2012 and agree with everything you say!
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I think with Air bnb around now, prices will be lower. Although it wasnt as big as the IMC projections, I don't remembe hearing too many complaints about price gouging with ITU world in 2017.

This! Penticton has a number of great and reasonably priced AirBnb's... When I was down for 2017 Multisport Worlds, we did an AirBNB that was fantastic, a fraction of the hotel prices, and minutes away from the T-zone (Pros close to transition, the neighbours were literally a vineyard... Con, post race, had to go up Vancouver ave. hill to get back...)... In terms of flying, I flew to Vancouver, and then Vancouver to Penticton (my wife flew to Vancouver a few days later and drove to penticton to catch my race, and then we drove back to vancouver, did a couple of days in whistler and a few days in Vancouver before flying back).

If you want a post race recovery recommendation, OK Wine Tours... we did that the day after my race at Worlds, and did 9 vineyards in half a day or so... (thankfully I shipped my bike up by ground, and left my gear bag near empty to be able to send back all of the wine we bought with the bike...)
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I haven't had to pay for accommodations in Penticton or whistler so I am not sure just going to clients examples and info. BUT

The comments on here are which is better. SO stupid why can both be great . Society keeps picking one side and then arguing.
Whistler has better x,y,z
Penticton has better a,b,c

THE MARKET, triathletes, has spoken Penticton was move successful. The numbers tell the story. Will they still ??? We will find out.

Also Penticton has come to find 'YOU DON'T KNOW WHAT YOU GOT TILL IT IS GONE.'

SIDE NOTE if in the last two years the US to Canadian dollar was closer I think a lot of western US athletes would not have come to whistler. I think it will help a lot come to Penticton if it is still the same. Cheaper race and cheaper exchange. If money is an issue while riding a $10,000 bike?

A western US racer can do Whistler for About $500. I think Zona was $880. Plus your dollar is worth so much more.

I'm not sure what your overall point is but I agree that it is okay to like one over the other because they are very different places. I happen to prefer the amenities in Whistler as a destination to travel to, but I see why others would prefer Penticton, particularly people who live in the region.
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Shall we wager on whether it sells out past year one? I think you will find that the 'iconic' race there is of not huge appeal to many/most of the people not rooted in their emotional history there. I hope it is successful, but cannot see how a race so hard to get to, will be a big interest.

One question, best in the world? Have you done the European IMs or the Asian/S. Pacific IMs?

By that logic Kona should be shelved as well. Hard to get to-check! Expensive accomodations-check! Deeply rooted emotional history-check! Granted, the two cities I've lived in during my Ironman racing days are Anchorage and Bend. So...I have a different perspective on what's hard to get to compared to Austin, TX.

johnnyo is right. There is no one race or type of course that pleases everyone. Personally, I loved the original Penticton course. I felt it fit 2000+ racers on the same course better than the multi-loop courses. At the same time, my family only saw me three times during the race and that is unappealing to others.

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Re: Ironman Canada coming back to Penticton? [jpk_phx] [ In reply to ]
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no point.

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Triathletetoth wrote:
I side from all the other stuff.

Why Ironman (full) is better in Penticton then Whistler. For Local triathletes West coast to Calgary. You get the best Training prep for the race in that city.

Late August means you can go and ride the course and train in Penticton a lot during July and august. And while you are there do another local race like the peach, apple, etc.

You can start your training season a bit late and enjoy better weather and more time to travel and do other lead up races.

Whistler is not a great training location for biking. Pool is fine and lake takes a while to heat up.

This is a win for the local triathletes over the world. But I am bias too.


I have done extensive training in Whistler and Penticton. Whistler, IMHO, is a far better location to train. Alta Lake is a great place to swim, and there are many other excellent choices nearby if you want to change things up. The road riding is mostly on the hiway, but there are large lanes to ride in, I always felt 100% safe (except the descent and climb to and from Pemberton, which is no longer an issue), and the running options are amazing.
In Penticton, and throughout the Okanagon, I NEVER felt safe riding. Narrow or no shoulders on most of the roads, tons of fast traffic, and poor sight lines for drivers due to the abundant curves. The lakes get much more wind and chop, and they are so big it is hard to get perspective on distance. I never found any good running trails, but I am sure there are some, just not as many or as obvious as at Whistler.
AND- I found the Okanagon to be beautiful, but BORING.
I never raced IM in Penticton due to the many logistic issues that have been noted, and the outrageous price gouging, but I trained there 2 summers, and rode the course several times. Even without considering the white knuckle traffic issues, I far prefer the riding in Whistler.
From a course perspective, Penticton would not make my top 10- sorry




Ill agree. Having done Penticton and the original whistler IM I would say whistler wins for overall experience. Especially if you are taking your family. There is so much available in whistler for family and they can watch your race at mutiple times. Penticton is pretty much see you when Im done and have fun playing on the beach or hanging out in a not great hotel.

Given that, for the IM experience...Penticton is pretty sweet. The bike is huge. The mass start off the beach. the run along the lake. ( i hate the finish of the run though...through gross commercial area then back and forth along lakeshore)...

I will do penticton again though as it is my home race coming from lower mainland.
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One more thing for my wishlist: keep a 7am start time for all participants and a midnight cutoff for all participants.

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Pemberton is probably stoked they got to stick it to Whistler
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Re: Ironman Canada coming back to Penticton? [JRSL] [ In reply to ]
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Or you can move to Seattle from Austin like I did and drive straight to Penticton 😉 see you there next year.


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Not until you posted it. No comments on the piece there as of nine on saturday.

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Re: Ironman Canada coming back to Penticton? [Hydrosloth] [ In reply to ]
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Still no comments on it but the last para in the article is interesting:

"With the information that's out there, there are, in my mind, only two likely scenarios explaining what happened: Either local officials were completely unaware that Ironman had been in discussions with Penticton behind its back (unlikely, given that Dave Christen, Ironman's regional director for Western Canada, has since told Pique the RMOW has been aware of the negotiations since the jump, though the RMOW said it found out in April), or the municipality signed a toothless contract that has potentially allowed one of Whistler's largest events to back out scot-free."

I can think of other scenarios that explain what happened. The author seems like he has an axe to grind with the municipality.
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Re: Ironman Canada coming back to Penticton? [Durhamskier] [ In reply to ]
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I wasn’t really clear. The article seemed to describe Ironman as both a minor event and one of Whistler’s biggest events.

It’s almost as if the landscapes of both Ironman and whistler shifted in different directions. and someone wanted to present their anger with RMOW.

I live in van. I love whistler. But whistler’s summer direction and Ironmans over the last 5 years have not been focussed on the same things. Even if Ironman had grown in the last 5 years, that would be the case.
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Re: Ironman Canada coming back to Penticton? [ferretnt] [ In reply to ]
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I have had a place in whistler for 6 years and been in whistler during Ironman every time.

Everyone seemed to love it. It brought lots of money in the shape of fans and competitors. It was not annoying in any way except I suppose for the very short time you couldn’t DRIVE on 99 but you never need to drive anyway

You can just walk or ride your bike on the valley trail

Whistler is ideally set up for IM. Crap tons of cheap accommodations, beautiful, friendly other than pemberton locals.

I’ve never heard of anyone saying they didn’t like it. Obviously I was wrong?

You get BC day then Ironman then wanderlust then crankworks. It’s a great month of fun
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Re: Ironman Canada coming back to Penticton? [Animalmom2] [ In reply to ]
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anyone have any idea what the 2020 race date will be?

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Re: Ironman Canada coming back to Penticton? [DonP] [ In reply to ]
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my $ is on the day that God intended a Canadian Ironman race to be held, last Sunday in August.

I was wrong about Harper, too though...

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Re: Ironman Canada coming back to Penticton? [Hydrosloth] [ In reply to ]
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https://www.facebook.com/...ts/10162182748290551

1 more week!
(pretty obviously this is the KVR in Naramata)
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y_nigel wrote:
https://www.facebook.com/...ts/10162182748290551

1 more week!
(pretty obviously this is the KVR in Naramata)

New run course to Naramata? SWEET.
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Re: Ironman Canada coming back to Penticton? [NordicSkier] [ In reply to ]
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Lol - thats what I thought too!
Not sure anyone would love the hill getting up there though ;)
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Ahhh. Hence the comments on negative splits. Should be good for treadmill sales across the country.

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Re: Ironman Canada coming back to Penticton? [Hydrosloth] [ In reply to ]
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So who's going to the party in Penticton tomorrow? Symonds? JohnnyO?

I see they are having on-site registration too
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Re: Ironman Canada coming back to Penticton? [y_nigel] [ In reply to ]
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Yep! I'll definitely be there!

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I'll be there!!
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https://www.facebook.com/...6chWvI&__tn__=-R

Ironman is going to stream the announcement at 5:15pm
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Re: Ironman Canada coming back to Penticton? [y_nigel] [ In reply to ]
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Missed the live stream was in traffic

Any word on when registration opens other than the one at the event today?
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Re: Ironman Canada coming back to Penticton? [randomtriguy] [ In reply to ]
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July 22 12pm Eastern time. Online registration opens
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randomtriguy wrote:
Missed the live stream was in traffic

Any word on when registration opens other than the one at the event today?

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Sorry if I missed it but was just wondering if the 70.3 will be left in Whistler?
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July 22 12pm Eastern time. Online registration opens


Today if you're AWA

ETA: With the Aug 30 date, it appears to be an early qualifier for 2021 Kona. For those interested or fast enough for that kind of thing (not me!)

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Ironman sent out an email with link to the event page on their site yesterday.

http://www.ironman.com/...tQdCJ9#axzz5tORMBj52
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lols that its at tier 2 and basically nobody has had a chance to register unless you live in Penticton
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I've never done the Tri-Club early registration thingy before.I checked my profile in Ironman.com, seems like everything is good to go and I have the email preferences all turned on. So I guess I wait till Friday morning......when it will probably be at like Tier 4 ;)

Anyone think it will sell out pretty fast into the General Registration date on Monday?
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Doesn’t seem like there is a 70.3 Canada anymore. At least it’s not mentioned at all for 2020
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Wow! IM Penticton officially back! When I did it in 2001 and 2003 (my first 2 IM finishes) I lucked out and got in through the lottery. Man, I hope they keep the old course! Richter Pass and Yellow lake climbs kept things honest, and the downhill back into town definitely gave you a psychological shot in the arm prior to the run!

Someone mentioned about dryness and potential fire danger. Well, in 2003, there were huge fires! Flying into Kelowna it looked like pictures of flak from a WWII air raid! They changed the run to a 3-looper, and advised anyone with respiratory issues to sit this one out. They also made the swim 2 loops, as 1/2 their lifeguards were first responders, and they were out fighting the fires.

But the town came together and pulled it off- epic experience! I'd love to go back. I thought the AUG 30 date used to apply to IM in THAT year- does anyone have any inkling that it'll be for the following year? no matter, I'm going to race it either way...curious...and feeling that cool nervous buzz whenever I get the urge to sign up for another IM...
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lols that its at tier 2 and basically nobody has had a chance to register unless you live in Penticton

No, it's at tier 2 because AWA registration opened this morning. When I clicked on it two hours ago, it was still at tier 1. If you aren't AWA but in a WTC registered triclub, you may want to ensure your team contact member gets a link out because that's usually the next step in early registration.

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Not sure what the point is of keeping the tier system for Penticton if it sells out immediately once registration is open to the public.The tier system is supposed to motivate people to sign up sooner so Ironman gets your money sooner.

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Doesn’t seem like there is a 70.3 Canada anymore. At least it’s not mentioned at all for 2020
They still have Victoria.
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Rumour has it, Victoria is getting moved to an earlier date.
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triguy1981 wrote:
Rumour has it, Victoria is getting moved to an earlier date.

Later?

Beginning of June is pretty early for that race already.

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TriClub and IRONMAN Florida athletes will receive priority entry starting on Friday, July 19.

Originally from: http://www.ironman.com/...n.aspx#ixzz5txddxZ5L

I can kinda understand TriClubs getting priority entry, but why would IM Florida athletes get it as well?

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It was part of an incentive offered in the last month or two to encourage IM Florida sign-up.
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triguy1981 wrote:
Rumour has it, Victoria is getting moved to an earlier date.


Later?

Beginning of June is pretty early for that race already.

Maurice

Agree, would be strange to move it earlier, but even later would conflict with Coeur d'Alene, I think? unless they move Victoria to the last weekend in July spot that Whistler currently has

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No, it's at tier 2 because AWA registration opened this morning

obviously. i was kinda joking

I see people on the facebook page saying its up to Tier 3 now
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i got a Tier 1 this am (~9:20 ET)
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I showed up in person and got a tier 1 spot :p

Glad I don't have to wait!
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I did it in 2009, and absolutely LOVED it!! Great city, great course, great people, and I got to hear "Oh Canada....." at the banquet dinner. I would go back in 2020 in a second. Just please include Richter Pass and Yellow Lake on the bike course to keep it challenging. Oh, and yes the last 10 miles back to town on the massive downhill highway/interstate, where you easily hit 50mph and pass the cars. Fun times!!!!


From what I have seen it looks like the original single loop swim and bike will be the plan for 2020 when IMC returns to Penticton. The run is TBA - my gut tells me they will go with a 2 loop run that will have them weave around a bit in Town for more spectator interaction. That's fine - I liked the Run Out-and-Back to OK Falls - but keeping it in town with more spectator interaction, less volunteers needed etc . . is a win/win, and that I'm personally fine with.

Some of the discussion on the Facebook page dedicated to the return has been getting VERY nostalgic ( "They better do this" . . "They better do that" . . "It won't be IMC in Penticton with out this . .") . .. - and that is completely understood and OK. That nostalgia will be a BIG and important part of the return to Penticton. However, it's important to keep in mind that IMC was last in Penticton in 2012. The sport, and perhaps more importantly the business of the event management side of the sport is VERY different than it was 7 years ago! Everyone will need to go into this with an open mind and keep expectations in check!


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I’m in!
Where should I book hotel?
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mauricemaher wrote:
triguy1981 wrote:
Rumour has it, Victoria is getting moved to an earlier date.


Later?

Beginning of June is pretty early for that race already.

Maurice

Thinking about this again, Victoria was announced as a Women For Tri race with extra 25 slot to Taupo, so it can't be any later than June. I doubt they would move it later in June without making a change to Coeur d'Alene as well, so perhaps he was right about it being earlier, if only by a week or two?

Either way, I am anxious about this because I am really hoping it is June 7th or 14th such that I can race it after coming back from Hawai'i 70.3.

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Who else is in?
Judging from facebook posts, lots of old timers are coming out of retirement. This first year back in Penticton should draw a pretty good crowd of racers.
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I got mine in this morning!
It will be my first full distance
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test wrote:
Who else is in?
Judging from facebook posts, lots of old timers are coming out of retirement. This first year back in Penticton should draw a pretty good crowd of racers.

I've done the Penticton IMC twice, in 2002 and again in 2012. I had hopes of doing it every ten years as kind of an excuse to stay in shape. When the race moved to Whistler I completely gave up on that idea since its not very convenient. I'm a local "Cawston" athlete so I enjoy the outandback section the most, riding by my house. Now that Pen has the race back, seriously thinking about doing it again in 2022. I sold my bike though and don't want to spend much money so thinking of just going really old school. No wetsuit, cheap 10 speed bike, etc. Good times.
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Penticton Lakeside Resort is right by the swim start, the nicest that is right near the start. It is also the most expensive. There are other places along Lakeshore drive that are just as close and probably a few bucks cheaper.

I'd book soon if I were you. I called last week and the lady at Lakeside Resort said the phone had been ringing off the hook all day after the announcement. All of the cheaper rooms were already sold out.
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Thx. That’s exactly where I booked. 2 rooms.
This will be my 7th IM and I have to say I am most excited for.
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Where does everyone fly into?
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Penticton has an airport (YYF) but I almost always fly in and out of Kelowna (YLW) and sometimes Vancouver (YVR). The drive is about 70 minutes from YLW and about 4 hours from Vancouver.

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Symonds wrote:
Penticton has an airport (YYF) but I almost always fly in and out of Kelowna (YLW) and sometimes Vancouver (YVR). The drive is about 70 minutes from YLW and about 4 hours from Vancouver.

Hey are you racing IMC Penticton next year?
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Re: Ironman Canada coming back to Penticton? [devashish_paul] [ In reply to ]
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Yep! Because I grew up Penticton, racing here and doing well motivates me on a even deeper level than Kona. It's the one I go to bed and wake up dreaming about. There is also a huge contingent of awesome locals already signed up for 2020 and I want to be a part of the year long journey building towards it! And hen I say locals I am talking about the Pentictonites and also the amazing people I have met along the way from other parts of Western Canada.

I'll figure out Kona after. But between now and then I'll focus on keeping the rubber side down and my collarbones in one piece! ;)

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Re: Ironman Canada coming back to Penticton? [Symonds] [ In reply to ]
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Symonds wrote:
Yep! Because I grew up Penticton, racing here and doing well motivates me on a even deeper level than Kona. It's the one I go to bed and wake up dreaming about. There is also a huge contingent of awesome locals already signed up for 2020 and I want to be a part of the year long journey building towards it! And hen I say locals I am talking about the Pentictonites and also the amazing people I have met along the way from other parts of Western Canada.

I'll figure out Kona after. But between now and then I'll focus on keeping the rubber side down and my collarbones in one piece! ;)

Well we are cheering for you....it will be 9 years after you podium'd with Crowie and Kienle at 70.3's worlds Vegas so no doubt you can figure out Kona, but winning at home will be awesome. My first Ironman was IMC 1991 Penticton. Just starting jogging and biking again after 4 years of my own sets of accidents etc and just did my first Olympic tri in 4 years 2 weeks ago. Sticking to Olympics but having an eye on Penticton 2021 which would be the 30 year date for a rendez vous. Hopefully by then you are defending champion.
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Re: Ironman Canada coming back to Penticton? [devashish_paul] [ In reply to ]
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I was wondering if you would try and come back for this race Dev, I never thought the race would come back to Penticton, I thought it was all just a memory of glory days, I also said that Whistler this year would be my last full distance race, but then the link for priority entrance came.... I imagine there will be a good crowd there next year.
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Re: Ironman Canada coming back to Penticton? [Woodchuck] [ In reply to ]
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Dev, we in the local (Penticton) area are all chipping in somewhere between 20 & 25 $ to bubble wrap Jeff S for the months of June, July, and the first part of August next year so he is able to make it to the START line of the 2020 Penticton Ironman Canada race uninjured.

All contributions will be gratefully accepted. Based on his face and his pace yesterday during the Peach Classic tri, the dude is back!

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Re: Ironman Canada coming back to Penticton? [Symonds] [ In reply to ]
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26 people in my tri group registered. Amazing. Normally like 5 for whistler

It’s gonna be a special day
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Re: Ironman Canada coming back to Penticton? [randomtriguy] [ In reply to ]
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Does anyone see a link for general registration yet?
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Re: Ironman Canada coming back to Penticton? [frosty] [ In reply to ]
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frosty wrote:
Does anyone see a link for general registration yet?

https://www.active.com/...man-canada-2020?int=

I just registered through Active.com direct. IM site is always slow to update
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Re: Ironman Canada coming back to Penticton? [frosty] [ In reply to ]
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https://www.active.com/...-ironman-canada-2020

I just registered and got in no problems. Active says there are 373 people viewing the event currently, not sure if that's real or not.
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Re: Ironman Canada coming back to Penticton? [randomtriguy] [ In reply to ]
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ok, I'm in.

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Re: Ironman Canada coming back to Penticton? [Hydrosloth] [ In reply to ]
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kinda funny how they still have almost no information (just that 1 little page) about the 2020 Race

all the other "new" races had some sort of standard race site set up when registration opened
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Re: Ironman Canada coming back to Penticton? [CyclingClyde] [ In reply to ]
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Thanks Clyde and 421.8. I'm in!
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Re: Ironman Canada coming back to Penticton? [frosty] [ In reply to ]
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https://www.facebook.com/IRONMANWhistler/posts/1205186962996720


they said 300 signed up right out of the gate
Last edited by: y_nigel: Jul 22, 19 9:27
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Re: Ironman Canada coming back to Penticton? [ In reply to ]
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Just registered - 3pm CDT. IMC #4, 3rd time on this track!
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Re: Ironman Canada coming back to Penticton? [lakercr] [ In reply to ]
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Well, I'm in.

Grew up in Coeur d'Alene watching and volunteering the full, but by the time I got my life sorted to participate, they 86d the full.

Moved down south, ran Chattanooga last summer; no swim.

Moving to Seattle next week, and this seems like the perfect way to resolve never racing in the PacNW and not getting my swim last year. Nice clear, cool lake swim sounds great to me. I'm excited.

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Re: Ironman Canada coming back to Penticton? [justinhorne] [ In reply to ]
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the race is within hours of selling out on it s first day of registration! only 200 spot left a few hours ago. Impressive.

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Re: Ironman Canada coming back to Penticton? [jonnyo] [ In reply to ]
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jonnyo wrote:
the race is within hours of selling out on it s first day of registration! only 200 spot left a few hours ago. Impressive.

Well yeah, but are you going to race Symonds and if so you better get to work getting your pro card back if not you'll be shut out of those 200 slots....no pressure man!!!!
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Re: Ironman Canada coming back to Penticton? [devashish_paul] [ In reply to ]
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Dev, just like the return of Ironman to Penticton, JC's return to triathlon is part of a wisely crafted & long term plan. As you can see in the link Johnny is already back in the press!
https://www.pentictonnow.com/...TcsSWV5lV6RRU2CIYWvM

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Re: Ironman Canada coming back to Penticton? [ In reply to ]
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Less than 100 spots left earlier this morning.

https://mobile.twitter.com/.../1153648704710217729
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Re: Ironman Canada coming back to Penticton? [test] [ In reply to ]
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SOLD OUT
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