On Sunday, July 29th, in temperatures well over 30C, Brent McMahon won his first IRONMAN Canada. The race began in Alta Lake, with Whistler-Blackcomb providing the backdrop to a stunning morning. At the start of the race, you could feel the electricity of the atmosphere ripping through your body as the competitors readied themselves for the long day ahead.
For the professional men, it was a non-wetsuit 3.8K swim. McMahon got to an early lead on the swim and then for much of the bike, he and Jeff Symonds would trade the lead. It was heading into the run where McMahon made his move to gap the rest of the field, then running away with the win. He would close out the day with 2:53:16 marathon and an 8:31:33 overall time. Following McMahon was Jeff Symonds in second and Matt Russell in third.
With no professional women’s race at IRONMAN Canada this year, the top age group female was Alisa MacDonald in 10:34:36 (F35-39). The top age group male was Clay Emge in 9:04:21 (M30-34).
Occurring on the same day was the IRONMAN 70.3 Canada race. The top age group male was Elliot Holtham in 4:08:50, and the top female was Christina Feliz in 4:43:13. The 70.3 relay was won by Team Fireballs in 5:10:44.