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Kelowna to Submit Proposal to Host Ironman Canada


imredlogo350.jpgOn Monday the Kelowna city council gave it's approval for staff to submit a proposal to host Ironman Canada. The bid will be submitted to the World Triathlon Corporation (WTC) on September 24th.

"Kelowna and the Okanagan Valley is well positioned to host this event," said Kelowna Mayor Walter Gray in the Kelowna Capital News. "We have a long and rich history as the hub of triathlon in Canada. The Apple Triathlon, the premier Olympic distance triathlon in Canada, combined with Ironman Canada will strongly establish Kelowna as the centre for multi-sport excellence.

"We have a world-class outdoor venue," Gray said, "a committed community and easy access with Kelowna International Airport. Ironman Canada is synonymous with the Okanagan Valley and we want to see that continue."

The proposal from the city comes after the city of Penticton, British Columbia, the original host of Ironman Canada for 30 years ended it's relationship with the WTC and the triathlon event.

Kelowna is located in the heart of the Okanagan Valley in British Columbia, Canada's western-most province. It's about 40 miles north of Penticton.

WhereKelowna.jpgLocated about 150 kilometers north of the United States border and 400 kilometers east of Vancouver, Kelowna is easily accessible from the northern, southern, and western branches of Highway 97.

Kelowna is the largest of four major Okanagan centres - the others being Vernon, Penticton, and Salmon Arm - Kelowna is home to about 109,000 people.

Kelowna is a four-season destination featuring all the amenities of a major city. From fine dining, unique shops and vibrant culture to mountains, orchards and vineyards - spectacular vistas await those ready to explore.

The World Triathlon Corporation is expected to announce its decision on the new host city for Ironman Canada on October 10th.

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Read more about this story at: City of Kelowna to submit bid to host Ironman Canada [via Kelowna Capital News]