The Challenge Family announced on Thursday, Aug. 25 that they would be making their North America debut in Penticton, BC. The race will take over the Ironman Canada course, which has been an Ironman-branded race for 30 years. Although Penticton appears to be off of the table for Ironman, the World Triathlon Corporation (WTC) says they plan to have Ironman Canada in 2013 in a new location. This year was was the inaugural Ironman Mont-Tremblant, which takes place across the country in the Quebec region of Canada.
Ironman gave the following announcement to previous Ironman Canada participants:
Ironman Volunteers and Athletes,
Ironman is saddened to confirm that Penticton, Canada, has chosen to not move forward as the host for the 2013 edition of Ironman Canada. We hoped that Ironman Canada would continue in the City of Penticton, which has served as the host of the race for 30 years, and that the relationship between Ironman and the city would continue indefinitely.
As Ironman continues to finalize details, we would like to offer the following opportunity for 2012 Ironman Canada volunteers, as well as all athletes who have previously raced Ironman Canada:
Ironman is aggressively pursuing multiple options, as our goal is to have Ironman Canada in 2013. By clicking here, volunteers and athletes will be put on a preferred registration list for the new Ironman Canada, tentatively slated for late August/early September 2013. Please note: you must complete the entire process and click “submit” to confirm your place on the registration list. Access to this link is available for a limited period of time, between Aug. 25 at noon PT and Aug. 30 at midnight PT. The preferred list will give volunteers and athletes one week (in advance of general proposed registration) to sign up for the new Ironman Canada event. Additional race and registration details will be announced during the week of the 2012 Ironman World Championship, which takes place on Oct. 13.
Ironman is pursuing multiple unique venue options for the new Ironmam Canada race and is excited to build upon the long-standing tradition of Ironman Canada as one of the most iconic races in the global Ironman Series. The new race, tentatively scheduled for late August/early September 2013, will feature double the amount of age group slots for the Ironman World Championship, an increase from 50 to 100 slots, as well as an increase in KPR points and prize money for professional athletes.
As an additional race option, general entry for Ironman Mont-Tremblant, Ironman Coeur d’Alene, and Memorial Hermann Ironman Texas is also still available.
Thank you for your continued support of Ironman, and we hope to see you at another Ironman race soon! If you have any questions, please contact Canada@ironman.com.