Friday May 23, 2014
The Ironman concept arose to settle a real-life debate. In 1977, a group of premier athletes found themselves discussing which sport yielded the most fit athletes. Having just completed the annual Oʻahu Perimeter relay around Hawaii, the internationally renowned swimmers and runners all saw their own sport as superior. After someone asserted that a Belgian cyclist had just been recognized for having the highest “oxygen uptake” of any measured athlete, the debate only intensified.
The debate was solved by a suggestion to combine the three pre-existing, long-distance competitions on the island. The three included races for swimming, biking and running. After some fine-tuning, the Ironman was born. The ultra-competitive feat includes a 2.4-mile swim, a 112-mile bike ride and a full 26.2-mile marathon.
While the World Championship Ironman is still held in Hawaii, there are a number of qualifier races held across the globe. In 2001, the Half Ironman, later rebranded as the Ironman 70.3, was adopted by the World Triathlon Corporation to serve both as a training vehicle and qualifier for full Ironman triathlons. Together, the Ironman and Ironman 70.3 triathlons are held over 100 times a year worldwide.
The Ironman Mont-Tremblant
This year, Mont-Tremblant, Canada, a small ski village in Quebec takes center stage for Ironman in North America. On June 22nd, they will play host to an Ironman 70.3. On August 17th, the Ironman North American Championship will take place in its rugged landscape as a qualifier for the World Championship being held later this year in Hawaii. Then, on September 7th, they will hold the 2014 Ironman 70.3 World Championship. This small town of less than 10,000 souls will be Ironman Central for the next few months.
The town itself offers breathtaking views and a variety of outdoor activities, but the competitors come for the endurance testing triathlons. The 1.2 or 2.4-mile swim occurs in Tremblant Lake. When contenders emerge from the banks of the tree-lined lake, they dry off, slather on sunscreen, and mount their bikes for a 56 or 112-mile ride through Mont-Tremblant’s forests, village, and railways. While the entire course is picturesque, the most beautiful views await during the 13.1 or 26.2-mile run. Competitors can look forward taking in a beautiful waterfall as they descend back to the village.
Wigwam is proud to be affiliated with Ironman. And, as always, we’ll be at Mont-Tremblant cheering participants on. We hope to see you there.