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IRONMAN Canada 2015

If you thought a regular triathlon seemed daunting, then the 140.6-mile course that makes up Ironman Canada will probably make you shake in your boots. The track consists of a 2.4-mile swim in the waters of Alta Lake, followed by a 112-mile bike course, and ends with a 26.2-mile marathon that finishes in Olympic Plaza for all to see (yikes!). Competitors have a strict time limit of 17 hours to complete the entire course in order to receive ‘Ironman’ status. For all those wanting to compete, it is advised that you start training well in advance.

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The final leg of the triathlon involves a 26.2-mile run along the Valley Trail.

Whistler’s Ironman triathlon is only one of several long-distance races organized by the World Triathlon Corporation that take place all over the world. What was once the original Ironman race has now become the Ironman World Championships, held in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii annually since 1978. To qualify for the championships, one must successfully finish in one of the top spots during a qualifying Ironman event. Some notable competitors include Australian triathlete, Craig Alexander, who is a 3-time Ironman World Champion and currently holds the record for fastest Hawaii course time, and Natasha Badmann, 6-time winner of the World Championships and the first European female to win the competition. This year, Ironman Canada will be offering 50 qualifying spots for the World Championship.

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The Ironman triathlon is considered to be one of the most difficult sporting events in the world. Athletes usually begin training at least 6 months prior to race day.
Photo from http://www.ironman.com

Despite the long-standing tradition of the race, Ironman Canada is relatively new to Whistler. Our world-class resort first hosted the competition in 2013 and has enjoyed 2 successful years thus far. Hosting the race in Whistler allows contenders to take in pristine mountains and breath-taking scenery (literally, they’re going to be out of breath), while competing in one of the most difficult one-day sporting events in the world.

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The biking portion is the longest section of the triathlon, consisting of a 112-mile track running along the Sea-to-Sky highway into the Callaghan Valley, back through Whistler, and up toward Pemberton.
Photo from http://www.nytimes.com

Ironman will be taking place in Whistler on Sunday July 26, 2015. Whistler Museum & Archives Society will be there at our Run Aid station, enjoying the race and keeping the athletes hydrated. We’re bringing along some amazing and generous volunteers, and the money awarded for our volunteer participation will be used on essential archival materials for our growing collection.

Ironman: Call for Volunteers!

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Dear 2013 Ironman Volunteers,

The Whistler Museum is once again hosting a run-aid station for Ironman and we need your help!

The event in 2014 will take place on July 27th and we need to get as many people as possible on board to make sure it is a success!

This year’s station will be on the running part of the course on the valley trail East of Blackcomb Way. The shift will be 6pm – midnight. If you can sign up again this year please do. Ironman2013_small As well as contributing to the success of the race, Ironman also donates $1000 to each non-profit that hosts a station. The money will go towards housing and storing the Museum’s archives and artifacts to preserve our history for posterity.

To sign up take the following steps:

Go to http://www.ironman.ca

Click on “Volunteer”
Click here to volunteer
Scroll down the list and find Run Aid Station 10 Shift 2 on Sunday 27th July.
(Make sure you get the right station and shift, else you won’t be volunteering for the museum!)
Check the box beside the name
Go back to the top and Click Sign Up
Populate the screen that appears
Once you have signed up the Museum will contact you and answer any questions that you may have. You have to sign up via the site and not by contacting the Museum directly as all volunteers are required to sign a waiver.

We hope you can volunteer with us!

Many thanks,

Whistler Museum

Volunteer Opportunities

As any museum, archive or gallery employee will tell you, the way into the industry is more often than not through volunteering. Even if you aren’t exactly interested in a career in cultural heritage, or if you already have a career path set, volunteering in such an environment usually provides a very pleasant and enriching experience for everyone involved.

I (Assistant Archivist, Trish, here!) began my career by volunteering at museums in London, England and Rochester, New York. By simply offering my time, my life and career reaped huge benefits. The experiences, friends and connections have been unreal!

Okay, enough gushing about my experience with volunteering. The point of this tangent is to let you all know that the Whistler Museum is accepting volunteers for some of our upcoming events and we would love to have you!

We are currently looking for volunteers for two ongoing events/activities:

1. During February and March, every Thursday from 3pm-6pm we are hosting Kiddies Après. This is a very enjoyable craft-filled event. We are looking for those with experience and enthusiasm in working with children to help run these events.

2. The Museum is launching a pilot project in which we offer guided tours of our exhibits. The tours will be roughly 20 minutes and offered by staff as well as volunteers. We are looking for volunteers who are able to participate as guides as little as once a week. We currently have Rosemary Malaher volunteering every Thursday starting at 11:30am. We would like to fill more days with tours beginning at 11:30am and/or 1:30pm. If you are interested in volunteering for a tour position we can discuss a time and day that works best for you and us.

We want you to get as much out of volunteering for us as we will get from you, so tell us about your interests and what you would like to get out of the experience! We are very open to your suggestions and alterations.

If you are interested in volunteering, contact: collectionassistant@whistlermuseum.org

Volunteers needed for Ironman

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The Whistler Museum has signed up to be a team leader for the Ironman event in Whistler this August. We need to get a team of 20 volunteers together in order to receive $1000 for our organization – so we need your help!

The funds raised will go towards buying acid-free housing for our artifacts, archives and photographs. This is essential to be able to preserve Whistler’s heritage and prevent deterioration.

We will need your help on 25th August – 6pm-midnight. The Museum has been selected to run a Run Aid Station.

The Run Aid Station is a station on the running part of the course where athletes can get water, energy drinks, food and sponges. Our job will be hand them the product that they need and to offer lots of encouragement.

The running is the last section of the race and the athletes are going to be extremely tired so our encouragement and help will be badly needed!  We’re expecting the atmosphere to be fantastic and we’re sure the day will be a lot of fun.

The Museum’s run aid station is Station 8, which will be located on Lorimer Road, just outside the entrance to day lots 4 & 5.

Ironman will provide food for the volunteers and make sure that there are no issues with transportation to the site.

If you would like to join our team then here is how you sign up:

Go to www.ironman.ca

  • Click on “Volunteer”
  • Click here to volunteer
  • Scroll down the list and find Run Aid Station 8 Shift 2 on Sunday 25th August.
  • (Make sure you get the right station and shift, else you won’t be volunteering for the museum!)
  • Check the box beside the name
  • Go back to the top and Click Sign Up
  • Populate the screen that appears

Once you have signed up the Museum will contact you and answer any questions that you may have. You have to sign up via the site and not by contacting the Museum directly as all volunteers are required to sign a waiver.

We hope you can volunteer with us!

Whistler Museum