2018 Race Date: Sunday, July 29
Walking and biking along the Valley Trail are recommended. Road traffic and transit will be affected by closures and delays; there is no access to Highway 99 from the west side of Highway 99 between Callaghan Road and Alpine Way for most of the day.
Plan ahead to successfully travel through Whistler on Sunday, July 29 during the Subaru IRONMAN Canada event. This year there is a new bike route and the race will have different traffic impacts than in previous years – including preventing vehicle access from roads west of Highway 99 between the Callaghan and Alpine Way. This will impact road access from the Function Junction, Tamarisk, (west) Creekside, Alta Vista, Blueberry Hill, Whistler Cay Heights, Tapley’s Farm, Nesters and Alpine Meadows neighbourhoods.
Everyone is advised to travel by foot or bike on the Valley Trail. The entire Valley Trail will remain open, although sections of the Valley Trail on the east side of Highway 99 will be used for the run portion of the event. Pedestrians and cyclists are asked to use extreme caution when accessing these areas, respect the competitors and expect delays.
Use the Subaru IRONMAN Canada Traffic Impact Guide to plan your journey.
Expect significant delays.
There is no access to Highway 99 from the west of Highway 99 between Callaghan Road and Alpine Way for most of Sunday, July 29. Anyone required to drive must ensure their vehicle is legally parked east of Highway 99 the evening of Saturday, July 28, and then walk or bike to their vehicle on race day. Examples of neighbourhoods to the east of Highway 99 include Cheakamus Crossing, Spring Creek, Bayshores, Creekside areas including the Creekside Parkade, Nordic, Brio, Whistler Village, White Gold and Spruce Grove.
There will be single-lane alternating traffic between Alpine Way and Nancy Greene Drive from 6:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Alta Lake Road will be closed to vehicles from Nita Lake Drive to Buckhorn Drive on Saturday, July 28 from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and on Sunday, July 29 from 4:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Please note there will be major disruptions to service from 6 a.m. to 5 p.m. with many transit trips cancelled. All regular scheduled trips will operate from 5:30 a.m. to 6 a.m. and after 5 p.m. Only route 7: Staff Housing and route 8: Lost Lake Free Shuttle will be unaffected by the event.
- Parking at Rainbow Park will be closed Saturday, July 28 and Sunday, July 29.
- Day Lot 4 will be closed Thursday, July 26 to Monday, July 30 at 8:30 a.m.
- Creekside Day Lots and the Spruce Grove Field House parking lot will remain open.
- Hotels and other private parking lots throughout Whistler will remain open.
The event will be loading equipment into Rainbow Park starting on Wednesday, July 25 through Friday, July 27. There will be limited space for Park users on those days but the Park will remain open. Event set up will also effect the Food Truck Schedule.
Rainbow Park will be closed for event operations on Saturday, July 28 and Sunday, July 29.
Blackcomb Way West
The section of Blackcomb Way between Lorimer Road and Maury Young Arts Centre will be closed for the Subaru IRONMAN Canada finish line beginning Friday, July 27 through Sunday, July 29.
The entire Valley Trail will be open. The public is encouraged to use the Valley Trail as their main travel route throughout event day.
Please note: Several portions of the Valley Trail on the east side of Highway 99 will be used for the run portion of Subaru IRONMAN Canada. Pedestrians and cyclists are asked to use extreme caution when accessing these areas and to respect the competitors.
Meadow Park Sports Centre pool closure on July 29
The leisure pool, lap pool, hot tub, steam room and sauna will be closed at Meadow Park Sports Centre for Subaru Ironman Canada on July 29 from 6 a.m. to 1 p.m. The lifeguards will be ensuring the competitors' safety in the swim portion of the event.
All pool facilities will reopen at 1 p.m. and full services and scheduled programs and classes will resume regular operations. The facility can be accessed by bike or foot on the Valley Trail until 5 p.m., when Highway 99 access reopens.
Whistler Waste Transfer Station closure on July 29
The Whistler Waste Transfer Station will be closed all Sunday, July 29.
The 2018 Spectator Guide can help you plan your day, so you can cheer on athletes from some of the best viewing spots.
The race will also be broadcast live via the Subaru IRONMAN Canada website.
The Finish Line
The finish line will be an exciting and inspiring place to be during the Subaru IRONMAN Canada competition. The run is the final leg of the triathlon competition. Spectators are encouraged to come out and support the athletes and take part in the celebration.
The finish line is located at Blackcomb Way near Whistler Olympic Plaza and the majority of finishers will cross the finish line in between 5 p.m. and 10 p.m. The final finishers will cross the finish line at midnight so expect Whistler Olympic Plaza to be alive with excitement as the final competitors complete this epic triathlon course. There will also be lots of event activity in Day Lot 4, along Blackcomb Way and at Whistler Olympic Plaza until midnight.
All medical emergencies will have priority over the event. In case of an emergency, dial 9-1-1.