On Thursday October 11, 2012 the WTC made the much awaited announcement of their choice of venue to host Ironman Canada 2013 and Whistler, B.C. was the winner.
The other two short-listed venues were Kelowna, B.C. and Huntsville, Ontario.
Many people in the know were giving Kelowna the inside track if indeed a Western venue was chosen, so the choice made by the WTC might come as a bit of a surprise to many.
Kelowna has quite a lot of experience hosting triathlons and would have a solid volunteer base to draw from. However with the race date of August 25, 2013 being the same as the newly-minted Penticton Challenge triathlon, perhaps the WTC felt it would be too much of a strain on volunteer resources.
Huntsville already hosts the very successful Ironman 70.3 Muskoka and they pretty much have a course in place and just had to adapt it to the full Ironman distance.
However, with Mont Tremblant just 500 km away it perhaps made more sense to pick a western venue in this case.
Whister joins Lake Placid, Mont Tremblant, and Tahoe as ski resorts chosen for Ironman venues by the WTC.
For a more in-depth look at the decision and some insight into the proposed course visit IronStruck.com