A soggy Squamish day did nothing to dampen the spirits of competitors, volunteers and spectators at the 17th annual Squamish triathlon. An excellent source of information about the triathlon can be viewed at the Squamish Triathlon website. The triathlon is in memory of local triathlete Bob McIntosh, who competed in two World Championships, once in Manchester, England, 1995, and Perth, Australia, 1997. Before his untimely death, Bob often talked about hosting a triathlon in Squamish. A year after his death, friends of Bob launched the inaugural “Squamish Triathlon – A Memorial to Bob McIntosh” in 1998 with over 200 individual entries and 51 relay teams.
The triathlon is largely set in Brackendale, but starts at the popular Alice Lake Provincial Park for the swim and then transitions to the bike course, which circles Don Ross Secondary using the Squamish Valley Road, Government Road, Depot Road and Highway 99. The trail run course is a circle route inside the bike route and the finish line is located at Don Ross Secondary.
Some photos of the day can be viewed here – congratulations to all competitors, the organizers and all the Squamptomiums who showed up in the rain to cheer them on.