The sun came out last weekend for the Whistler Ironman. Luckily the smoke from the forest fires hadn’t yet reached the west coast, making for a beautiful, sunny day which showed off the snow capped mountains. Whistler at its best! However, the wind picked up during the day – starting just in time for the Half Ironman swim at Alta Lake – and made the hilly bike course even more challenging.
Linsey Corbin from Oregon was the first woman over the finish line (in the Pro Women’s category), with 9:17:12. It was Corbin’s first full-length Ironman in three years, but her sixth win overall.
The top amateur (no Pro Men’s category this year) was local athlete, Dylan Gleeson, who just squeaked in under the nine hour mark with 8:58:46.
The oldest person to finish was Ogawa, Tadayoshi, from Japan, in the 75-79 category. There were four finishers in the 70-74 category, including Even Evenson from Oregon, who did an impressive time of 14:01:20.
After dark, at Whistler, the real magic starts. The finish line may look a little uneventful during the daytime, but after dark it is magical. Spectators throng to the finish to watch the athletes who finish in the last couple of hours. These are the true heroes of the day! These are the regular people, like you and me, who have dedicated a year of their life to train day in and day out to realize a lifetime dream of completing an Ironman. The lure of the finish line, the cheering, the cowbells, the flashing lights, loud music and the final ‘You are an Ironman’ make it all worthwhile! Who’s signing up for next year?