Capitalizing on the enormous success of the IRONMAN and IRONMAN 70.3, the region of Mont-Tremblant will launch, starting in May, its transformation into a high-calibre North-American training hub. Held in Mont-Tremblant for the first time last year, the IRONMAN, a particularly demanding triathlon, required installation of major infrastructure assets. This motivated event organizers and their partners to achieve a second objective by making these facilities available, through permanent training courses, to athletes from all over the world.
“The IRONMAN genuinely transformed the Mont-Tremblant region. Substantial infrastructure assets were built and thousands of athletes from more than 50 countries came here to visit and will do so again. But the impact of the prestigious event goes well beyond what one might
think. Even last year, thousands of cyclists that we would not otherwise have seen appeared in the region. So we thought, why not take advantage of our reputation and our facilities to go even further? That’s what we’ve done in making our infrastructure facilities available on a permanent basis by providing a number of services to the athletes who will be visiting us,” says Alain Houde, managing director, Tourisme Mont-Tremblant.
Starting this summer, from May 17 to September 2, athletes who come to take advantage of the exceptional resources in the Mont-Tremblant area will be able to access a marked-out swimming course on the lake, a marked cycling course and a marked running course. The IRONMAN Mont-Tremblant Information Centre (IMTIC), located right on the beach at the Lac Tremblant, will be open daily to receive the athletes, allowing them to obtain information about the courses, the water temperature, etc., and to access lockers and other appropriate services.
In addition, an aid station will be open every Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Tourisme Mont-Tremblant parking area (5080, montée Ryan). The athletes will be able to obtain information and advice as well as a variety of products (bottles of water, energy bars,
etc.) that will be provided free of charge. Tourisme Mont-Tremblant (1 877 425-2434) will take care of offering a wide range of accommodation options, as well as detailed information about the various sports, recreation and cultural opportunities available in the region.
In the months preceding an IRONMAN, many athletes come to the venue to train in order to explore and test out the courses they’ll have to face. Now everything will be set to welcome them properly…not to mention the many local and international athletes who will take advantage of an absolutely unique training destination, and all those who will welcome the chance to add some spice to their pleasure trip. One thing is certain: the Mont-Tremblant region will henceforth be a high-level North-American training venue that provides a complete experience and appropriate services to athletes interested in the IRONMAN, in triathlons, and in running, swimming and cycling.
The coming IRONMAN 70.3 and IRONMAN North American Championships in Mont-Tremblant will take place of Sunday, June 23, and Sunday, August 18, respectively. Note: IRONMAN Mont- Tremblant has already won several awards: second place in a popular vote for the best triathlon of the North-American circuit (2012 Readers’ Choice Awards from Travlete), third place in the Top Five Bike Courses (IRONMAN Passport), winner of the award for Event of the Year from Tourisme Laurentides, and winner of the International Sport Event of the Year Award from the Canadian Sport Tourism Alliance.
About IRONMAN Mont-Tremblant
The IRONMAN is one of the longest triathlon formats. Organized as part of the World Triathlon Corporation circuit, the IRONMAN competitions are particularly demanding races where the athletes have a maximum of 17 hours to string together 3.8 km of swimming, 180 km of cycling, and a full 42.2 km marathon run. The IRONMAN 70.3 is very similar to the regular IRONMAN, but each distance is half that of the IRONMAN. This will be the second consecutive year for each of the competitions, and thousands of athletes from twenty of more countries are expected for the two events.