IMPORTANT RACE 2023 UPDATE
Based on a province wide state of emergency that has been declared in British Columbia along with the order restricting travel to B.C.'s Southern Interior for those travelling for non-essential purposes and seeking temporary accommodation, we regret to share that the 2023 IRONMAN Canada-Penticton triathlon scheduled to take place on Sunday, August 27, 2023 has been cancelled for the safety of all involved.
How to Get Involved
IRONMAN Canada returns to Penticton Aug. 24-28, 2023, attracting thousands of people to our community. This page provides information about how to get involved, where to cheer on the athletes and how to navigate road closures. As always, let’s give the athletes and their supporters a warm welcome – and enjoy the entertainment.
Race Routes & Road Closures
Be aware that road closures will cause significant delays on race day, Sunday, Aug. 27, including along Lakeshore Drive, Main Street and Skaha Lake Road.
- Motorists are advised to use Channel Parkway and Government Street wherever possible.
- The best time to cross Main Street on Sunday is between 9:45-11:30 a.m. Avoid crossing Main Street between 1-5 p.m.
- Do not park along the race route overnight, including Lakeshore Drive, Vancouver Avenue, Skaha Lake Road, Lee Avenue and Main Street. Any vehicles parked along the route will be towed.
Have questions? Review our list of common Q&As below. If you have traffic-related questions on race day, phone our Call Centre at 250-490-2345 (available Sunday, Aug. 27 from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.)
Below are some of the most commonly asked questions from throughout the community. If your question is not answered below, please call the City's Call Centre at 250-490-2345 (available to take your calls on Sunday, Aug. 27 from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.).
Important Information for Residents
This mailout was sent to every residential address in Penticton and is on display at City facilities plus the Lakeside Resort and Penticton Seniors' Centre.
About IRONMAN Canada in Penticton
In 1983, the first North American IRONMAN was born – right here in Penticton – and that race changed the IRONMAN triathlon community forever. Penticton is now known as one of the world’s premier triathlon host communities – and a bucket list destination for IRONMAN athletes all over the world.
The iconic event returned to Penticton in 2022, following the traditional single-loop course with a 3.8-kilometre swim in Okanagan Lake, a 180-km bike ride through Osoyoos and Keremeos, followed by a 42.2-km run to finish along Lakeshore Drive in downtown Penticton.
IRONMAN Canada mural
The City in 2022 unveiled an IRONMAN Canada outdoor mural near Okanagan Lake, created by Jomae Arts. The artwork is now displayed on the west wall of the building at 185 Lakeshore Drive, which faces the triathlon event’s historic swim start.