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Racing Weekend Preview: From Penticton To Stockholm

  • By Bethany Mavis
  • Published Aug 22, 2013
  • Updated Aug 22, 2013 at 8:57 PM UTC
Part of the run course. Photo: Mike Orton

Subaru Ironman Canada

Sunday, Aug. 25, 2013 – Whistler, British Columbia, Canada
2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike, 26.2-mile run

This Sunday’s Ironman Canada is the final chance for pros and age-groupers to punch their tickets to the 2013 Ironman World Championship. The race offers a $75,000 prize purse and 100 age-group qualifying slots. More than 2,900 athletes will be racing, with 43 countries, all 50 U.S. states and 11 Canadian provinces represented.

While this is the 31st year of Ironman Canada, the previous 30 years the race has been held in Penticton, British Columbia. The course in Whistler will include a two-loop swim in the clean, shallow waters of Alta Lake at Rainbow Park. The one-loop bike course travels south on the Sea-to-Sky Highway before climbing into the Callaghan Valley, which was the site of the Nordic skiing events during the 2010 Winter Olympics. After descending back to the highway, athletes pass through Whistler on their way north to Pemberton, then an out-and-back section gives athletes scenic views of glaciated peaks. The route back to Whistler on the Sea-to-Sky Highway is over rolling terrain. Then the two-loop run course follows the meandering Valley Trail past Lost Lake and Green Lake before a finish next to Whistler Olympic Plaza.

Pro Race
In the men’s race, top names include defending champion Matthew Russell (USA), who won last year’s Ironman Canada (on the Penticton course) in a time of 8:48:30. Since this is the inaugural race on this course, however, he won’t have any advantage over the other athletes in familiarity with the course. His top competition will come from athletes such as Brit Daniel Halksworth, the 2013 Ironman UK champ who just ran his way to a fourth-place finish last weekend at Ironman Mont-Tremblant in Eastern Canada; Belgian Bruno Clerbout, who’s finished fourth the last two years at Ironman France; Kiwi Bryan Rhodes, a five-time Ironman champion; and Canadian Trevor Wurtele, who was fourth at the 2012 Ironman New York.

In the women’s race last year, age-grouper Kendra Lee beat all the pro women with her 9:44:58 finish. Pro Uli Bromme (USA) will be the favorite this year, as she’s had multiple podiums at full Ironman races. Her top competition will come from fellow American Lisa Ribes, whose top finishes include third place at 2013 Ironman Los Cabos and fourth place at 2013 Ironman France; and Canadian Christine Fletcher, who’s had top-five finishes at some Ironman 70.3 races.

Pro Men
Matthew Russell (USA)
Paul Amey (GBR)
Bryan Rhodes (NZL)
Bruno Clerbout (BEL)
Matthew Sheeks (USA)
Paul Hawkins (GBR)
Matt Lieto (USA)
Trevor Wurtele (CAN)
Brendan Naef (CAN)
Thomas Maliszewski (USA)
Stephen Kilshaw (CAN)
Jim Lubinski (USA)
Andrew Russell (CAN)
Nathan Birdsall (USA)
Dominik Berger (AUT)
Mike Schifferle (SUI)
Daniel Halksworth (GBR)
Jonathan Caron (CAN)
Dan Litwora (USA)
Nigel Gray (CAN)

Pro Women
Uli Bromme (USA)
Olesya Prystayko (UKR)
Kristyn Tobey (BER)
Julie Van Veelen (CAN)
Christine Fletcher (CAN)
Christine Anderson (USA)
Martina Wan (CAN)
Beth Walsh (USA)
Gillian Moody (CAN)
Lisa Ribes (USA)
Sarah Baker (CAN)
Christina Jackson (USA)
Keiko Tanaka (JPN)
Annett Kamenz (GER)

RELATED – Course Recon: The New Ironman Canada Course

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Bethany Mavis

Bethany Mavis

Bethany Mavis is the associate editor for Triathlete and Inside Triathlon magazines. She received her B.A. in journalism from Point Loma Nazarene University and is a multiple half-marathon finisher.

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