Ironman by definition is a person, as a worker or athlete, of great physical endurance who can be depended upon to perform a given task or job tirelessly. To me, that is an understatement; these men and women are put to the ultimate test and push their bodies to the brink to prove that anything is possible. “Swim 2.4 miles, bike 112 miles, run 26.2 miles – BRAG FOR THE REST OF YOUR LIFE” – John Collins, IRONMAN Founder
On July 27th, the entire town of Whistler will welcome over 2,600 athletes that will take on the 2.4 mile swim in Alta Lake at Rainbow Park, the 112 mile bike ride south on the Sea to Sky Highway, climb into the Callahan Valley and north to Pemberton and then run the Lost Lake and Green Lake Trails to finish in the Whistler Olympic Plaza just down the stroll from the Crystal Lodge. IRONMAN Canada is quickly becoming a popular event because it offers 50 qualifying slots for the IRONMAN World Championship that take place in Kailua-Kona, HI and we at the Crystal Lodge and Suites are excited to be hosting such amazing athletes.
IRONMAN is a more than a race, it is the testament to the human spirit and it really does bring out the best in people. Take Dick Hoyt for example, his son, Rick, was born a quadriplegic with cerebral palsy after a lack of oxygen to his brain during birth. Unable to speak the family spent what money they had to create a computer so Rick could communicate. In 1977 Rick asked his Dad if he would push him thru a 5 mile charity race, at the end Rick told his Dad that when they are running he felt like he was no longer handicap.
That led to over 1,000 races over the past 32 years, including 6 IRONMAN’s and 32 Boston Marathons; this year will be the pairs last. Dick, now 73, swims pulling Rick behind in a dingy and bikes with Rick in a seat up front and then pushes him in a running stroller. Dick’s devotion to his son and achievements are insurmountable, the duo are still competing to this day and are an inspiration to so many.
Check out IRONMAN website for more information on this amazing event that is taking place in our own backyard.