Penticton's Ironman Canada fills in less than 24 hours

Registration for Ironman Canada's return to Penticton opened on Monday and was done in less than 24 hours.

| July 24, 2019 | NEWS

Photo >Nalidsa Sukprasert

Not that there was any doubt it would be popular, but Ironman Canada's return to Penticton next year seems to have spurred lots of interest in the North American long-distance community as registration for the race closed in less than 24 hours.

While Ironman hasn't released the number of registrations it's accepted for the race, there have been reports that about 2,500 athletes were expected to compete in next year's race. Based on previous registration numbers, one would imagine that Ironman has accepted at least 2,800 registrations for the race. Ironman Foundation entries are still available for the event.

Details of the race course for next year's race have yet to be confirmed, but race organizers have said that many of the classic features of the original Penticton race will remain, including a one-loop bike course that heads up the famed Richter Pass and a run that combines some of the traditional course with elements to "showcase the City of Penticton."

Long-distance racing began in Penticton in 1983, but it wasn't until 1986 that the race became an official qualifier for the Ironman World Championship in Hawaii. The race remained in Penticton until 2012, after which the city chose not to renew the license and instead hosted a Challenge event. Ironman Canada moved to Whistler, but diminishing numbers and challenges with the bike course have seen registrations at that race decrease over the last few years.

The 2020 Ironman Canada event will take place on August 30 and will offer a pro men's and women's prize purse along with 40 age group qualifying spots for the 2021 Ironman World Championship in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii.