Returning Ironman 70.3 Canada joins full distance IM Canada in Penticton

IM 70.3 Canada (picture: TT)

Ironman has confirmed the return of the IM 70.3 Canada triathlon, which will be taking place in Penticton, British Columbia, providing additional racing options for athletes in 2024.

The Ironman 70.3 Canada half-distance race, which first took place from 2016-2019 in Whistler, British Columbia, is scheduled to return on Sunday, August 25 in conjunction with the full-distance IM Canada in Penticton.

“We are thrilled to bring the Ironman 70.3 Canada triathlon back and have it join the iconic IM Canada event for an unforgettable weekend of racing in Penticton,” said Tim Brosious, Regional Director at The IM Group.

“This venue has become one of the most thrilling destinations and sought after experiences on the global Ironman circuit in part due to the amazing support from the community and volunteers.

“Penticton has played a prominent role in the history of Ironman, and we know athletes will enjoy getting the opportunity to race an Ironman 70.3 triathlon through the stunning landscapes and challenging terrain that the Okanagan Valley has to offer.”

The Ironman 70.3 Canada will take place on portions of the IM Canada course. The race begins with a 1.9-km (1.2-mile) swim in Okanagan Lake. Once out of the water, athletes take off on a 91.5-km (56-mile) bike course through the Okanagan Valley riding through local wineries and scenic mountain views before descending back into Penticton.

Athletes will cap off their race with a 21.1-km (13.1-mile) scenic run course that takes them along the rolling Kettle Valley Trail and Okanagan Lake. The race culminates with a finish line experience on Lakeshore Drive in downtown Penticton.

“The addition of the Ironman 70.3 event to Penticton is great news for athletes and the community,” said Penticton Mayor Julius Bloomfield. “For athletes, it’s a chance to accomplish an incredible feat in one of the competition’s most iconic settings.

“For the community, it’s an opportunity to welcome more athletes, more support team members and more spectators to town so we can show off everything Penticton has to offer. This is a win-win for all involved.”