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Squamish Triathlon returns for 14th year

Race saved from cancellation.

The Squamish Triathlon will return for its 14th edition next year after evading a close call from it being cancelled.

Read the whole story here.

The Squamish Triathlon is held in memory of local triathlete Bob McIntosh. He had a passion for triathlon and competed across Canada and the western United States. Bob qualified for the Canadian team and competed in two World Championships, once in Manchester, England, 1995, and again in Perth, Australia, 1997. He took great pride in being named as one of the captains of the Canadian team.

Regularly on Sunday mornings a group of friends would meet at Bob’s home before setting off on their weekly long run through the forested trails of Squamish. Bob fondly referred to these runs as “fat burners” and the slowest runner would set the group pace. Discussions were diverse and often a time for individuals to recount their work-week, exchange jokes, expound passions & peeves, analyze triathlon courses and boast of personal bests, all the while enjoying the amazing trail network of Squamish. A recurring topic initiated by Bob was the dream of one day hosting a triathlon in Squamish.

After his untimely death in 1997 this same group of friends began the process of bringing this dream to reality. The inaugural “Squamish Triathlon – A Memorial to Bob McIntosh” was launched in 1998 with over 200 individual entries and 51 relay teams. This year’s triathlon will be the 10th annual and its popularity as a quality race continues to climb. Every year since 2004 the event has sold out.

An annual scholarship was created to assist a Squamish student who has demonstrated abilities in academics, athletics and citizenship. Each year the net proceeds of the triathlon are donated to the Robert W. McIntosh Scholarship Fund. Initially the fund was awarding a $1,000 scholarship to an individual each year and in 2002 this was increased to provide for two recipients each year. In 2004 and 2005, because of special circumstances, three were awarded.

Visit the race website for more information.