Ironman Mont-Tremblant adds relays

One of the most popular Ironman events in North America, Ironman Mont-Tremblant, will offer a limited number of relay spots for this year's race.

| March 12, 2018 | NEWS

Lauren Brandon on the run course at the 2017 Ironman Mont-Tremblant race.

Lauren Brandon on the run course at the 2017 Ironman Mont-Tremblant race.

Photo >Kevin Mackinnon

Well, we didn't see this one coming. In a first for a full-distance Ironman event in North America, Ironman Mont-Tremblant will offer a limited number of relay spots this year.

Teams can be made up of two or three people. Registration will open on Wednesday, March 14, 2018 for the relay events.

What makes this announcement so interesting is that Ironman Mont-Tremblant is relatively close to filling up, with a few hundred more registrations at this point than were in the entire race last year. So the move doesn't seem to be driven by a lack of entries - if that were the case Ironman Canada, held in Whistler, which added a half-distance race to boost race numbers, would be a more likely candidate to offer relays.

"We wanted to find an original way to widen access to this high-performance sport, which can sometimes seem inaccessible for certain athletes," said Dominique Piche, Ironman Mont-Tremblant race director in a press release.

Ironman has not released exactly how many relay entries will be accepted for Ironman Mont-Tremblant this year, saying simply that the number will be "limited." It will be interesting to see if this is an experiment that Ironman testing out in Mont-Tremblant that might be expanded to other full-distance races in the future.