INTERNATIONAL ATHLETES CONVERGE IN VICTORIA ON JUNE 12th FOR THE 2016 SUBARU IRONMAN 70.3 VICTORIA PRESENTED BY SAUNDERS SUBARU
VICTORIA, BC. – Subaru IRONMAN 70.3 Victoria presented by Saunders Subaru is fast approaching. This iconic event, now in its 21st year, has grown from a well-loved local race into an international favourite. With 17 countries represented, and a professional division including over 40 athletes – Victoria has truly become a triathlon destination.
The professional field at this event includes a powerhouse collection of athletes, and quite the contingent of Canadian elites. Headlining the women’s race will be Heather Wurtele (CAN); 6-time IRONMAN Champion, and 14-time IRONMAN 70.3/Long Distance Champion. Rachel McBride (CAN), a cycling specialist and 2-time IRONMAN 70.3 Champion will also be seeking the top spot alongside Jen Annett (CAN), Sarah Cameto (USA) and Malindi Elmore (CAN).
On the men’s side – Trevor Wurtele (CAN), the 2013 IRONMAN Canada Champion, will take on Jeff Symonds (CAN) of Penticton BC. Symonds was the 2015 IRONMAN Asia Pacific Champion in Melbourne Australia. Adding to the competition is 2015 IRONMAN 70.3 Silverman Champion Taylor Reid (CAN), Victoria-native and 2014 IRONMAN Australia Champion Eliot Holtham (CAN), and 2008 Olympian Jarrod Shoemaker (USA).
In addition to the competitive professional field, over 2,000 registered age-group athletes are expected to compete at this year’s Subaru IRONMAN 70.3 Victoria. The race will offer 35 coveted age-group qualifying slots to the 2016 IRONMAN 70.3 World Championships on the Sunshine Coast in Queensland, Australia.
About the Athletes:
Triathlon is a very accessible sport for athletes of all ages. The range at this event is from 18 to 76 years of age. The following countries, provinces and states will be represented:
· 17 Countries (including Australia, Mexico, the United Kingdom, China, and Peru)
· 10 Canadian Provinces/Territories (including Nova Scotia, Ontario, Quebec and Yukon Territories)
· 33 US States (including New York, Texas and Arizona, Virginia, Florida, and Hawaii)
The Subaru IRONMAN 70.3 Victoria is the second stop on the Subaru IRONMAN Western Canada Series. A sentimental favorite in the sport of triathlon and now in its 21st year, this tremendously popular race is famous for its one-loop swim course, beautiful ride through the Saanich Peninsula and scenic run on trails bordering Elk/Beaver Lake. Set in one of Canada’s most alluring cities and home to some of the world’s premier triathletes, Victoria offers the ultimate destination race for athletes from around the world to enjoy the Canadian outdoors and warm hospitality.
SUBARU IRONMAN WESTERN CANADA SERIES:
The Subaru IRONMAN Western Canada series offers seven exciting events hosted in beautiful locations across Canada’s West Coast, Coastal Mountains, and Prairies. Athletes of all ages and abilities, from first-timers to top elite athletes will participate in different distances including IRONMAN, IRONMAN 70.3, 5i50, Iron Girl, Standard, Sprint, Super Sprint and fun relay events. All events have a festival feel and include an expo, an IRONKIDS fun run, entertainment, and great commemorative clothing, all centered around a phenomenal triathlon experience.