British Columbia, Canada – Ultraman Canada is a 3-day, 512.6 kilometer (318.6 mile) ultra-endurance event, which started in Canada in 1993, following the format of the Ultraman established in Kona in 1983, covers part of the Okanagan/ Similkameen regions of British Columbia.
Stage 1 – 10.0 km (6.2 mile) point to point swim starting in Penticton and finishing in Okanagan Falls, followed by 144.8 km (90.0 mile) bike ride, beginning in Okanagan Falls over the Richter Pass returning to Okanagan Falls.
Stage 2 – 273.5 km (170 mile) bike ride, beginning in Penticton and ending in Princeton.
Stage 3 – 84.3 km (52.4 mile) double-marathon run from Princeton to Summerland.
This past weekend, Amber Monforte – nurse, Ironwoman, XTERRA competitor and Stoltz fiancee – made her mark on the triathlon world with a record-smashing performance.
Monforte, who has found her niche in training and racing, proved she was the toughest mentally and physically for this ultra-challenge.
Monforte started Friday’s Day One with a third-best 2:52:39 swim, lagging behind Brochu’s 2:42:41 and 5-time Ultraman Hawaii winner Shanna Armstrong’s 2:47:11, but topping all the men’s major contenders. On the 90-mile bike, Monforte broke the women’s record with a 4:58:35 split, topped only by the first three men. However, Brochu hung tough for the first day’s overall lead with a 5:05:40 split that left her 2:53 in the lead.
On the 171.4-mile bike on Day 2, Monforte broke the race open with a 9:14:22 split that was 35 minutes faster than Brochu, and was again topped only by the first three men – Benat Zubillaga, Milton Augusto De Souza and Josef Ajram.
On the Day 3 double marathon, Monforte cranked out an 8:31:13 run that put another 66-minutes on Brochu.
Monforte finished fourth overall including the men in a time of 25:36:49. She out-paced runner-up Barbi Brochu, who set a fastest swim time of 2:42:41, by 1:39:11. Monforte’s record time beat Tracy Preston’s Ultraman Canada women’s record of 29:31:44 by nearly 4 hours. Monforte’s amazing race also broke the previous women’s world best at the Ultraman distance of 25:45:51 set in 1989 by Tina Bischoff at Ultraman Hawaii.
Monforte, supported by crew Graham Bartlett and Conrad Stoltz, finished a VERY happy and tired girl. We think she deserves a extra long vacation!