Duane Latimer of Boissevain proved his mettle in Whistler, British Columbia on July 29. He participated in the Ironman Canada race, starting at 6:20 am and not finishing until 10:51 pm. The race included swimming, biking and running, and it was a challenge to say the least. The temperature was a burning 34 degrees and many people did not finish due to heat exhaustion. There were 2,000 people signed up and only 1,190 completing the race, with Latimer saying he saw many people passed out on the side of the road for the bike/run portion.
Latimer’s total time was 16 hours, 31 minutes and 28 seconds. He did the swim in 1 hour, 20 minutes and 18 seconds, the bike in eight hours, three minutes and 56 seconds and the run in six hours, 47 minutes and three seconds. He finished 804th out of 869 by gender, and 1,095th place out of 1,190 overall.
Traditional Ironman distances are 2.4 miles for swimming, 112 miles on bicycle and 26.22 miles of running. He has done two half’s before, the last in Calgary in July 2017 and in New Zealand in March. Latimer is planning on doing another full and half within the next year.
“The Whistler course was very difficult,” Latimer said. “There was lots of climbing on the bike and rolling hills on the run, but the scenery was beautiful, which kept me going. I’m feeling pretty good, just a few aches and pains.”