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Vancouver hosts 5150 Championship and Iron Girl Event

Ironman announced today the addition of the Subaru 5150 Vancouver triathlon, which will take place on July 10, 2016. The race, which will also serve as the 2016 5150 Canadian Championship, showcases the iconic landmarks that the City of Vancouver offers.

“Vancouver offers the perfect destination race that our athletes truly appreciate. This urban event provides a unique experience for veteran athletes as well as those looking to take on the sport for the first time,” said Jeff Edwards, Vice President of Operations for Ironman. “The sport of triathlon is thriving in Canada and we are excited to expand our race offerings in this beautiful country.”

The Subaru 5150 Vancouver Triathlon will feature a 1.5-kilometer swim, 40-kilometer bike and 10-kilometer run. The race starts with the swim in Coal Harbour. Athletes will then bike through Stanley Park and along Beach Avenue with views across English Bay before returning to Harbour Green Park. From there runners will take on a scenic run course along the seawall around Stanley Park before finishing in iconic downtown Vancouver.

At the same time, Iron Girl has announced an addition to their series with the Subaru Iron Girl Vancouver triathlon, which will take place on August 7, 2016. This sprint triathlon welcomes female athletes of all levels to the sport through the beginner-friendly distances of a 750-meter swim, 20-kilometer bike and 5-kilometer run. Introductory clinics will be offered to prepare anyone wanting to take up the challenge of a triathlon. This event showcases Spanish Banks with views back across the water towards downtown Vancouver.

“The Iron Girl triathlon builds on the legacy of women in sport established last year during the Women’s FIFA World Cup in Canada,” said Michelle Collens, Sport Host Manager for the City of Vancouver. “The sport of triathlon is truly accessible to all women.”

The Subaru 5150 Vancouver triathlon and Subaru Iron Girl Vancouver triathlon join the other well-established races that Ironman produces in British Columbia, including the Subaru Ironman Canada and Subaru Ironman 70.3 Victoria presented by Saunders Subaru.

General registration for the Subaru 5150 Vancouver triathlon will open on December 21, 2016 at www.ironman.com/5150vancouver. Athlete inquiries may be directed to vancouver@ironman.com. More information on the Subaru Iron Girl Vancouver triathlon can be found at: www.irongirl.com/events/vancouver.htm. Athlete inquiries may be directed to vancouver@irongirl.com.