Whistler gearing up for Ironman 

Organizers are expecting race to sell out quickly, despite conflict with another race

click to enlarge 180 spinWhistler edged out two other bids to host Ironman Canada in 2013. Details and registration followed the Oct. 11 announcement.
  • 180 spinWhistler edged out two other bids to host Ironman Canada in 2013. Details and registration followed the Oct. 11 announcement.

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Registration opens today, Thursday, Oct. 18 at www.ironman.ca.

Ironman facts and figures

• Ironman, like many great races, started as a bet. At the conclusion of a race called the Oahu Perimeter Relay in 1977, some of the athletes continued a long-running debate over which event was the most difficult — the Waikiki Roughwater Swim (3.8km), the 185km Around-Oahu Bike Race or the 42.2km Honolulu Marathon. Rather than test their hypotheses separately, athletes decided that they could do all three events in a single day. There were 15 men at the start line in February 1978.

• The race continued in Hawaii for several years, moving to the "Big Island" of Hawaii in 1982. Canada was the first country to make it an international race in 1983, but the series has grown since then to 26 events.

• Ironman Canada in Whistler is classified as a P-2000 race with a prize purse of $75,000 U.S. As well, there will be 100 age group slots available for the 2013 Ironman World Championships.

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