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Event Information: The Ultraman event in Canada is a 3-day, 515.4 kilometre (320.3 mile) individual and relay ultra-endurance event which covers part of the Okanagan/Similkameen regions of British Columbia, Canada.

 

Ultraman Canada is a qualifying event for the Ultrman World Championship. The Ultraman World Championship is a three-day, 320 mile (515-km) annual endurance race held on the Big Island of Hawaii. The race is divided into three stages over three days: The first is a 6.2-mile (10-km) ocean swim from Kailua Bay to Keauhou Bay, followed by a 90-mile (145-km) cross-country bike ride, with vertical climbs that total 6,000 feet. Stage two is a 171.4-mile (276-km) bike ride from Volcanoes National Park to Kohala Village Inn, with total vertical climbs of 4,000 feet. Stage three is a 52.4-mile(84-km) double-marathon, which starts at Hawi and finishes on the beach at the Old Kona Airport State Recreation Area. Each stage must be completed within 12 hours or less. The swim portion of stage one must be completed in 5.5 hours or less. Participants who do not reach the finish lines within the time limits are disqualified.

The first Ironman was held on February 18, 1978 in Hawaii, fifteen men started and 12 men finished. After an article in Sports Illustrated in 1979, entries increased in 1980 to 108. In 1982, the United States Triathlon Association and the American Triathlon Association were born and merged together later that year to form the national governing body called the United States Triathlon Association. And in 1983, the first Ultraman World Championship was held.

The Ultraman Challenge has been held annually since 1983 over Thanksgiving weekend as an extreme offshoot of the Ironman. The Ultraman is a sanctioned triathlon by the Triathlon Federation/USA and takes the components of the Ironman to the limits. The popularity of races such as the Ironman and Ultraman helped to establish the triathlon as an Olympic sport. The Olympic Committee included the triathlon as an event during the 2000 Summer games in Sydney, Australia, in the form of swimming, biking and running.

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