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Race Reports for Ironman 70.3 Calgary

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Race rating (4)
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  • Organised?Yes
  • Events on time?Yes

  • Lots of volunteers to help?Yes
  • Plenty of drink stations?Yes

  • Post race activities? Good
  • Overall course based on my ability: Just right

  • Comments: Transition times are unavailable but I do know that they're slow... Unaware of actual amount or racers, started with over 900
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  • Organised?Yes
  • Events on time?Yes

  • Lots of volunteers to help?Yes
  • Plenty of drink stations?Yes

  • Post race activities? Average
  • Overall course based on my ability: Just right

  • Comments: This was a miracle that they even pulled this one off. With the flooding this year the swim/bike portions of the race were totally re-organized in the month leading up to it... and it was amazing! I will continue to do this race year after year.
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  • Organised?Yes
  • Events on time?Yes

  • Lots of volunteers to help?Yes
  • Plenty of drink stations?Yes

  • Post race activities?
  • Overall course based on my ability: Just right

  • Comments: A big thanks to the course organizers for pulling this one off on short notice after the flood devastation. The volunteers went the extra mile for everyone, and I felt really well taken care of. My only suggestion for improvement would be to see if there is a way to set the road signs off the shoulder - they would need to be levelled differently on the grassy outer shoulder, but I think it would improve course safety. Thanks also to the residents around MacKenzie Lake who let us race and use the lake for a day in the pre-race week.
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  • Organised?Yes
  • Events on time?Yes

  • Lots of volunteers to help?Yes
  • Plenty of drink stations?Yes

  • Post race activities? Good
  • Overall course based on my ability: Just right

  • Comments: Volunteers are fantastic. This was a really fun race. The lake is cold, but water is clean, and there was very little chop in the morning. Bike course is gorgeous, if a rough in sections. Run is also gorgeous. It was interesting doing a point to point. They had the logistics down, but it was a bit weird to not have all your stuff in one place. Makes for some anxiety as you are used to having all in one spot and that helps you make sure you have not forgotten anything!
[5]
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  • Organised?Yes
  • Events on time?Yes

  • Lots of volunteers to help?Yes
  • Plenty of drink stations?No

  • Post race activities?
  • Overall course based on my ability: Just right

  • Comments: This race was fantastic. They really stepped it up with the bouncy castle and the food trucks for the spectators. The volunteers on this course kept me going, literally. The atmosphere they created was amazing. I will definitely be back!
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  • Organised?Yes
  • Events on time?Yes

  • Lots of volunteers to help?Yes
  • Plenty of drink stations?No

  • Post race activities? Average
  • Overall course based on my ability: Just right

  • Comments: As stated above, good training race for IMC. I will do this again.
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  • Organised?Yes
  • Events on time?Yes

  • Lots of volunteers to help?Yes
  • Plenty of drink stations?Yes

  • Post race activities? Average
  • Overall course based on my ability: Just right

  • Comments: Met and exceeded all my goal times for this race swim - 50 min Bike - 3:15 Run - 2 Very happy with performance. Great race in a beautiful setting Gender Rank - out of 478 racers swim - 294 Bike - 254 Run - 210
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  • Organised?Yes
  • Events on time?Yes

  • Lots of volunteers to help?Yes
  • Plenty of drink stations?Yes

  • Post race activities? Average
  • Overall course based on my ability: Just right

  • Comments: The organization staff and volunteers,RCMP etc were absolutely fantastic. Every one was amazingly supportive and went above and beyond to make the athletes progress as easy as possible. The whole course is amazingly beautiful and very challenging - which was great!!! I recommend the Calgary 70.3 Ironman to everyone - newbie to pro - you will not be disappointed!! I loved every minute of it - even the pain!!! So proud, happy, ecstatic of my performance. My transition from 48 yr old overweight unfit couch potato to HIM finisher is complete. I kow believe that I definitely deserved to be there at that start line and can't wait for next year!!!!!!!!! AWESOME - BRING IT ON!!!!LOL
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  • Lots of volunteers to help?
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  • Overall course based on my ability: Just right

  • Comments: great volunteers, amazing cops at the intesections, one literally walked over to an anxious driver and took the keys out of his ignition so he wouldn't try and squeeze through a gap (right infront of me) which i appreciated so much. better water stations on the bike would have been nice (both bottles i received were pre opened and without a cap) luckily i didn't need them for my bike. bus fiasco back to the westin was a little troublesome, but it worked out couldn't be happier!!
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  • Organised?Yes
  • Events on time?Yes

  • Lots of volunteers to help?Yes
  • Plenty of drink stations?Yes

  • Post race activities? Average
  • Overall course based on my ability: Just right

  • Comments: Hands down the best thing at this event were the volunteers. They always appeared to be there when you needed them most. Big thanks to all of them. I will definitely remember my first 70.3. I entered for this event 9 months ago to get back into shape after injuring my back a few years ago. At the time I was unable to swim 25m, I had never biked 90kms, and it was over 10 years since my last competitive running event. There were times I was unsure whether I'd make it, even on the day I was definitely nervous starting the swim. I found the day hard, definitely amongst the most phsically and mentally taxing events I have ever done. But I did have time in the day to smile, and can't wait until the next time!
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  • Comments: They fixed some things from last years race, but still room for improvement.
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  • Organised?Yes
  • Events on time?Yes

  • Lots of volunteers to help?Yes
  • Plenty of drink stations?Yes

  • Post race activities? Average
  • Overall course based on my ability: Just right

  • Comments: I loved the race. It was pretty plain but I the frills are not why I choose a race. This race had an excellent swim venue, bike course, and run course. You were treated to some great scenery for all three legs of the race. The volunteers were awesome! Cool and unique belt buckle for a finisher medal. The only thing I would change would be to have more port o pottys set up than just 1 at each aid station on the bike and T2.
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Race rating (5)
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  • Organised?Yes
  • Events on time?Yes

  • Lots of volunteers to help?Yes
  • Plenty of drink stations?Yes

  • Post race activities?
  • Overall course based on my ability: Just right

  • Comments: loved this race, the view was so nice on bike and run. Forced myself to look at it at regular intervals and not be just focused on road. loved the newbie category. I would have been overrun by the next wave if I had to start in my age group, and that alone would have screwed the race for me. As it was, it was the most calm swim for a triathlon that I have ever done.
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  • Organised?Yes
  • Events on time?Yes

  • Lots of volunteers to help?Yes
  • Plenty of drink stations?

  • Post race activities? Below average
  • Overall course based on my ability: Just right

  • Comments: very well organized race. It's a 70.3 so well done of course. Loads of volunteers. But shwag is very lacking. Won't be back next year, as Ironman is calling.
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  • Organised?Yes
  • Events on time?Yes

  • Lots of volunteers to help?Yes
  • Plenty of drink stations?Yes

  • Post race activities? Below average
  • Overall course based on my ability: Just right

  • Comments: Dissapointed with food tent. Powerbar was a major sponsor and they were great to provide gel, but more and more people are pushing on the "post activity" meal as being critical. Where were the PowerBar protein recovery bars? Fruit? Chocolate Milk? Anything? I had a bag of chips and a sub. That was a very strange post race offering. I would have liked some more freebies in the race package. Prefer tech shirt to a cotton T-shirt. Overall- entry fees were (relatively) high, race was well run and there was not a lot of extra stuff beyond the race itself added on. Volunteers were great and everything was well organized.
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  • Organised?Yes
  • Events on time?Yes

  • Lots of volunteers to help?Yes
  • Plenty of drink stations?Yes

  • Post race activities? Good
  • Overall course based on my ability: Just right

  • Comments: Good race overall...my only complaint would be that weird T1 thing. Well maybe the weather but they can't do anything about that...just have to take what the day gives you.
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  • Organised?Yes
  • Events on time?Yes

  • Lots of volunteers to help?Yes
  • Plenty of drink stations?No

  • Post race activities? Bad
  • Overall course based on my ability: Just right

  • Comments: I really didn't like this race and won't likely do it again. Not enough aid stations made this a long outing. Announcer at the finish line was referring to people as "Ironman" as they crossed the finish line. I know there is a debate about whether people who finish a 70.3 race should be called an Ironman or not, but this annoys me. For me and most people who have finished a 140.6 Triathlon this is an easy distinction. When you complete an 140.6 Triathlon, including races that are not of the "Ironman" brand, then you are an Ironman and not before. Of course I am easily annoyed when I am hungry. All the volunteers and Police were fantastic and very supportive. Can't say enough how great they were!!!
[18]
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  • Organised?Yes
  • Events on time?Yes

  • Lots of volunteers to help?Yes
  • Plenty of drink stations?Yes

  • Post race activities? Below average
  • Overall course based on my ability: Just right

  • Comments: Race itself is no frills (I don't eat the carb dinners or any of that stuff anyway). Some draws and more samples/swag would be nice but whatever. The bike course was safe with lots of signs and cops, there were TONS of awesome volounteers and that's what matters most to me. I found all the pre-race logistics a pain in the butt. Driving to the hotel to get package/expo, then driving the bike all the way out to ghost lake, driving back, driving to the casino race morning, bus out to ghost lake, etc. Also the wind makes year to year comparisons difficult, more so than a out and back/loop course.
[19]
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  • Organised?Yes
  • Events on time?Yes

  • Lots of volunteers to help?Yes
  • Plenty of drink stations?No

  • Post race activities? Average
  • Overall course based on my ability: Just right

  • Comments: This race was very well organized and the volunteer and spectators were amazing. If you are into the expo this one is OK..Ironman 70.3 merchandise for sale. Finishers medal was not a medal but a belt buckle. Cool 'cause it's Calgary and it just fits. My only issue was I like Coke at the aid stations on the run and it was only offered to me twice. I am not sure if I took so long they ran out or what. I would like more aid stations on the run and Coke......sugar please ;)
[20]
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  • Organised?Yes
  • Events on time?Yes

  • Lots of volunteers to help?Yes
  • Plenty of drink stations?Yes

  • Post race activities?
  • Overall course based on my ability: Just right

  • Comments: This was a good race, well organized, beautiful course, lots of volunteers and tons of spectators. Lots of money though too!
[21]
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  • Organised?Yes
  • Events on time?Yes

  • Lots of volunteers to help?Yes
  • Plenty of drink stations?Yes

  • Post race activities? Bad
  • Overall course based on my ability: Just right

  • Comments: performance wise I think I raced exactly how I had planned to. In retrospect I could have gone harder on the bike and a lot harder on the run. Finished not feeling tired or sore (which is great, but not following a race) so I could definitely have given more. Still managed to beat last years time by 20 minutes. This is a very well run NO FRILLS race. The course and volunteers are excellent. The organization of the race is excellent. There is absolutely no effort put in to anything other than the race itself. No pre or post race meals. No entertainment. Nothing for spectators, family, or kids to do at any of the sites. No retail(except race merchandise). NOTHING in the registration bags.
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  • Organised?Yes
  • Events on time?Yes

  • Lots of volunteers to help?Yes
  • Plenty of drink stations?Yes

  • Post race activities? Good
  • Overall course based on my ability: Just right

  • Comments: I know there is quite a bit of criticsm about what you get for what you pay for this race. However, I don't really care to get a bunch of stuff with my race fee. I'm pretty happy with the cheap gatorade bottle I picked up at one of the bike aide stations. I would rather the race director put more money into police and other traffic control (they had alberta motor association drivers). There were major intersections involved in this race and I didn't experience any problems with vehicles on the course or have any doubts about my safety because their were traffic monitors everywhere. I really enjoyed the point to point race. I have never done one before and I felt that Calgary 70.3 did a really amazing job making sure that everything was on time and organized. There were tons and tons of volunteers to make it easy on me while racing: from wet suit strippers to volunteers to help put gear back into transition bag. Awesome, awesome volunteers. The only major criticism I have is the finishing
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Race rating (5)
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  • Organised?Yes
  • Events on time?Yes

  • Lots of volunteers to help?Yes
  • Plenty of drink stations?Yes

  • Post race activities? Good
  • Overall course based on my ability: Just right

  • Comments: I just tried to complete the race without killing myself and not leaving myself too sore, which worked good cause I felt good the next day. Sometimes you just have to slow down and enjoy the event, because when its over, its over. Also I didn't see anyone handing out T-shirts when I finished so I didn't get one,but I did buy some other stuff this hippee guy was selling. Theres seems to be 500 people missing from who signed up and who finished. Where did these people go?
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  • Organised?Yes
  • Events on time?Yes

  • Lots of volunteers to help?Yes
  • Plenty of drink stations?Yes

  • Post race activities? Below average
  • Overall course based on my ability: Just right

  • Comments: the race doubled as the long distance provincials... 3rd 30-34 M for that sub competition.
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  • Organised?Yes
  • Events on time?Yes

  • Lots of volunteers to help?Yes
  • Plenty of drink stations?No

  • Post race activities? Below average
  • Overall course based on my ability: Just right

  • Comments: What can I say - I didn't train but I'm so proud of myself and now I have the bug again....I want to train and race! I love my bike!!! I love my hubby and my son! I hope to race with Crazy Pop at least once a year. I love the belt buckle finsihers medal but the cotton t-shirt design sucks. No swag in the race kit :( BTW, the trg in my log is what I was planning to do but never did - lol!
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