Ironman announced today new routes for the 2018 Ironman Canada and Ironman 70.3 Canada bike courses taking place on July 29, 2018 in Whistler, B.C. The new routes will be concentrated in the Whistler Valley giving spectators more opportunities to cheer on athletes as they pass through the pristine mountain vistas and allowing for an immersive Whistler experience.
“We believe that making these changes to the routes in 2018 will offer athletes, their families and the local residents who come out to watch the races a better viewing experience,” said Christine Cogger, Race Director for Subaru Ironman Canada and Subaru Ironman 70.3 Canada.
The 2018 Subaru Ironman Canada triathlon, which begins with a pro start at 6 a.m., will include a two-loop swim that takes place in Alta Lake, while the new three-loop bike course will lead athletes along a challenging but scenic route into the Callaghan Valley and through Whistler Valley. Athletes then take on a two-loop run course that follows the meandering Valley Trail past Lost Lake and Green Lake, allowing spectators plenty of opportunities to cheer for athletes as they pass by. The race will end with an exciting finish line in Whistler’s Olympic Plaza.
The new Subaru Ironman Canada three-loop bike course will offer one of the most picturesque and challenging courses on the North American circuit, taking athletes on an undulating course through the Whistler Valley, while the Subaru Ironman 70.3 Canada single-loop bike course will bring athletes to the 2010 Winter Olympic ski jumping and Nordic ski venue. The nature of the new course routes will allow spectators to cheer and support athletes seven times (three times for Subaru Ironman 70.3 Canada) throughout the bike portion of the race.
The move to a multiple-loop course was made following the popularity and success of other bike courses that are part of the Ironman North American circuit, including the three-loop course used in Ironman Arizona.