With forest fires threatening the Okanagan, the question for some BC triathletes is “will the first race for age-groupers in the province in almost a year and a half actually happen?”
If the race does go ahead, that race is the Ultraman Canada, an event that has been running most years in the South Okanagan since the 1990s. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, there will only be Canadian competitors in the very modestly sized field. Most years, this race attracts athletes from around the world, with 22 having participated in the 2019 race, but only seven are registered for this year’s event.
The event is a three day affair and should kick off on Friday, July 23 with a 10 km swim and a 145 km bike. Saturday features a 275 km bike (weather permitting). The final day has athletes running from near Princeton to Summerland for a total of 84 km.
The most recent winner of Ultraman Canada, also happens to be the reigning Ultraman world champion, Calgary’s Jordan Bryden.