Ironman 5150 triathlon coming to downtown Vancouver next year


The Vancouver Parks Board approved the use of downtown and Stanley Park for the Ironman 5150 Triathlon, set to come July 10, 2016.

The Ironman 5150 is a shorter distance triathlon than traditional ones, with a 1.5 km swim, 40 km bike race, and 10 km run.

Parts of the Stanley Park causeway will be closed for the event, which will likely happen on a weekend, from 5:30 to 10:30 a.m. The race starts in Stanley Park and winds to Jack Poole Plaza.

The Vancouver Parks Board is calling this a “destination” triathlon that will attract visitors from around the world. About 2,500 participants are expected to take part in the event, and it will create economic activity to the tune of $12 to $14 million.

“It’s going to be right in the city, and that’s the interesting thing about this [triathlon],” Parks Board commissioner John Coupar told Vancity Buzz.

“We’re going to have a lot of people coming and we think it’ll generate a lot of economic activity.”

There were concerns by some commissioners about the road closures, but that was resolved by pushing the triathlon start time back an hour earlier from 7 a.m. to 6 a.m.

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