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.