IRONMAN has announced that the city of Penticton, British Columbia, will once again play host to the Subaru IRONMAN Canada triathlon. Penticton originally hosted a full-distance IRONMAN triathlon from 1983 to 2012, and will now again host the event with its return on August 30, 2020.
In addition, long-time partner Subaru will continue to serve as title sponsor for IRONMAN Canada. General registration for the 2020 Subaru IRONMAN Canada triathlon will open on July 22, 2019.
Since hosting the original Subaru IRONMAN Canada event, Penticton has established itself as a key Canadian venue for multisport racing. Although, there has been a sense of flux around the event brands that have been active in the area.
The city was also home to Challenge Penticton up to 2016. The inaugural International Triathlon Union (ITU) Multisport World Championships were held in Penticton in 2017. Then, last year, Super League Triathlon in Penticton was the inaugural Super League Triathlon race in North America before moving on to Ottawa, Canada, in 2019.
“We are excited to return to Penticton, the genesis of IRONMAN Canada and one of our longest-running events,” said Andrew Messick, President and Chief Executive Officer for The IRONMAN Group. “With over 30 years of history, we expect that the return of IRONMAN Canada to this unique venue will energize both the veteran athlete who participated in the original event and a whole new generation of athletes who will come to experience the Okanagan tradition that has enriched this amazing race venue.
“With many of the same elements from the original event blended with the enhancements we have made over the years; this race is a must for all athletes. At the same time, we thank Whistler for being an amazing host over the last several years.”
The 2020 Subaru IRONMAN Canada will begin with a 2.4-mile (3.8-km) swim in the waters of Okanagan Lake, the same location as the original event. The race will also see the return of the iconic single loop 112-mile (180-km) bike course that features a scenic climb up and over Richter pass taking athletes on a tour of the Okanagan wine country.
The course will wrap up with a 26.2-mile (41-km) run that will feature some of the historical course and some new elements to showcase the City of Penticton and surrounding region. IRONMAN adds that ‘this course is laid out to offer amazing spectating opportunities and some of the best community support worldwide making for a truly unforgettable journey race.’
“We are truly honoured to have IRONMAN Canada return to the Okanagan Valley,” said Penticton Mayor, John Vassilaki. “Penticton has enjoyed some great memories made throughout the years of this epic event and we are happy to know that there will be many more made in the coming years. We know that Penticton has been and will continue to be a premier destination for the sport.
“We are happy to welcome IRONMAN back and offer athletes from around the globe the challenge and experience of a lifetime.”
Penticton is one of only two cities worldwide that is situated on two lakes, Okanagan and Skaha. The Okanagan and Skaha beaches feature nearly 15 acres of premium, sandy beach and swimming areas. Along with all the year-round recreational activities available, agriculture has also been an important contributor to Penticton’s livelihood. There are over 80 wineries in the Penticton metropolitan area, five craft breweries and three distilleries all within accessible distance of the downtown core.
The 2020 Subaru IRONMAN Canada triathlon will offer 40 qualifying slots to the 2021 IRONMAN World Championship in Kailua-Kona, Hawai`i. A professional prize purse will be published at a later date.