It comes as no surprise that entries are full for for the first-time event in Mont-Tremblant next August – set in one of North America’s top ski resorts, the event has something for everyone and promises to be an incredible destination event for Ironman athletes and their families.
Mont-Tremblant, the town, is no stranger to world class events – everything from running to cycling to music to, of course, skiing. With 1,700 hotel rooms at the resort, Ironman Mont-Tremblant serves as an outstanding spot for athletes and their families. The various accommodations (everything from 2 star to 5 star) in Mont-Tremblant provide easy access to the race – on race morning you’ll have a 500 yard walk to the transition area, according to race organizers. That’s not only a help to athletes on race day – their families will enjoy the opportunity to take a break during the day, too. The resort is easy to get to – it’s a short drive from Montreal and there’s even an international airport in Mont-Tremblant.
While athletes are going through their final race-week preparations, their families will find lots to do in Mont-Tremblant, too. The resort has planned on opening the “Kids Club” during the week of the race for children between 1 and 6 years old. The various activities include everything from luge to climbing walls. Then, of course, there’s the amazing scenery that will make the Ironman course so spectacular.
The race begins with a 2.4 mile swim in pristine Lake Tremblant. There’s an extremely wide start area, and, with almost 1.2 miles before the first turn, there will be lots of time for the field to spread out. The water temperature is expected to be about 71 degrees, so wetsuits will likely be allowed.
The bike course begins with relatively flat stretch of road, but quickly becomes a rolling endeavor through some picturesque forests. Much of the bike course will be along two lane highways that have a four-meter shoulder, similar to parts of the course at the Ironman World Championship in Kona. Athletes who check out the course before this fall will likely be in for a surprise next summer – the Quebec government has committed $6 million to paving the roads used for the bike course.
The day ends with a beautiful run that incorporates a trail along an old railway bed called Le P’tit Train du Nord, the longest linear park in Canada. The run course manages to include all kinds of breathtaking scenery – everything from waterfalls to rivers to the old village of Mont-Tremblant.
Ironman Mont-Tremblant promises to be an exciting new addition to the 2012 Ironman race calendar, which is why it comes as no surprise that it is filling fast. If you’re interested in signing up for the race, go to http://ironmanmonttremblant.com/registration/general-entry/
Originally from: http://ironman.com/events/ironman/monttremblant/kevin-mackinnon-previews-ironman-mont-tremblant#ixzz1dnzhbj6H