Lots of first timers, 91 athletes over 60 ... some interesting numbers from Ironman Mont-Tremblant.
August 19, 2017 | RACES|
Ironman Mont-Tremblant is one of the few full-distance events in North America that still does a welcome dinner (Athlete Banquet) and, as it has been for the previous five years the event has taken place here in Quebec, it was quite a show.
Amongst the highlights for the evening's festivities was the "Ironman Band" which put on an incredible show and a special appearance by Bob Babbitt, who thrilled the crowd with his hilarious stories of his first years at Ironman and inspired one and all with his recounting of the achievements of the Challenged Athletes Foundation.
Mike Reilly and Alain Cyr were at their best this evening, keeping the crowd enthralled throughout. Some of the fun stats that came out of the evening:
- There are 2,250 athletes registered for the race.
- The largest women's age categories are 40-44 with 101 athletes and 45-49 with 102.
- The largest men's category is men's 40-44 with 304 participants. (As Reilly routinely says: "If you're trying to qualify for Kona in that age group ... good luck.")
- There are 91 athletes registered in the race over 60.
- 12 of those are over 70.
- 4 are over 75.
- There are 457 "Iron virgins" in the race who will be taking on a long-distance race for the first time.
- 40 police officers will line up on Sunday morning.
- There are 20 fire fighters in the field.
- There are 51 countries represented in Sunday's race.
- The largest city represented is Toronto with 93 athletes. Montreal is next with 87.