If you can’t seem to get your fill of cycling adventures, come check out the fan-fuelled frenzy of the Victoria 70.3 Ironman! This epic triathlon is a favourite among extreme athletes. On Sunday, June 12th, participants will race in three consecutive distance events: a 1.9 km swim, 90 km bike and a 21.1 km run, all across the Saanich peninsula.
The event brings with it a weekend full of fun events including a fun run for IronKids (ages 3-14), a Race Expo at Beaver Lake (where the race begins and ends), and keynote speakers talking about race nutrition, open water swimming and more. It also brings in triathletes from all across North America, gunning for a qualifying spot in the Ironman 70.3 World Championship, hosted by Mooloolaba, Australia.
As a frequent, life-long spectator of these events, I would highly recommend viewing part of the race and cheering on the participants! The race bibs have both the number and the name (either first or last) of each participant, making it easy to cheer on everyone that runs by! Events like these need volunteers to help them run smoothly and to keep everyone’s spirits up. If you have the day off, sign up for one of the hundreds of volunteer positions – people are needed for everything from handing out water and food to floating on the lake supporting the swimmers.
If you’re looking for a fun challenge for yourself, the 90km bike route has been mapped out and posted on the Ironman website. New this year, the bike course is now a single, 90km loop, essentially circumventing the entire peninsula. Why not give it a try? Just please keep in mind that there will be cars on the road if you go out on your own, so be safe out there!
Photos courtesy of ironman.com.