July 11, 2013, Vancouver, BC (ISN) – Once again, the magnificent Vancouver city skyline and North Shore Mountains will set the backdrop as over 1200 participants venture into the Pacific Ocean for the sold-out Subaru Vancouver Triathlon.
The event has been awarded as one of the top “Urban Triathlons on the Planet” by Triathlete Magazine thanks in great part to its beautiful ocean-side course, yet taking place in the middle of a city of over 2 million residents.
Adding to the excitement of record attendance is the addition of the Long Distance National Championships in both the amateur and elite categories. Participants are eligible to qualify for valuable World Championship Team spots and don the red and white for Team Canada next year at the World Championships in Weihai, China.
The elite field includes the likes of Rachel McBride (Vancouver) who just recently finished on the podium (3rd) at this year’s Long Distance World Championship in France. Challenging her will be Sara Gross of Victoria who recently finished 2nd in Ironman Brazil and former Commonwealth Games Team member Gillian Moody (Kelowna). On the men’s side local Elliot Holtham (who just broke the course record in the classic Saunders Subaru Victoria Half Iron) will look for the National Title but will be racing the likes of Chris Boudreaux (Portland) – Top 10 at Ironman Coeur d’Alene, Brendan Naef (Mont Tremblant, Quebec) and 2012 World Cup Team member Andrew Russell (Victoria).
Triathlon as a sport embraces athletes from many different backgrounds. On the amateur side, this year’s participant list includes everyone from weekend warriors out to attain a goal, to professional ballerinas, to National Team rowers, figure skaters and sailors. First time athletes will share the field with veterans who have, as in one case, up to 39 Ironman events and 88 marathons under their belt. The ages range from 16 to 71-year-olds with everything in between. Collectively they represent eight Canadian Provinces, ten American States, and 14 countries – including those as far away as New Zealand, Peru, the Philippines, Qatar, and South Africa.
For Live Timing and information on the Subaru Western Triathlon Series please visit www.TriSeries.ca.