I dropped in on the Ironman Canada office in Penticton
two weekends ago to talk with the race director.
They are very busy getting stuff ready. Some of the staff
are putting in 60 and 70 hours a week getting things organized.
I requested some info about the waitlist so that I could
post it on the Ironman Canada Web site since many people have been
asking about it. ( I manage the Ironman
Canada web site on a volunteer basis )
I know that the waitlist procedure was changed for 1996
due to problems they had in 1995.
Here is part of a message which was passed on to me by
Dave Burtch, the race director:
>It is impossible to please or satisfy everyone but one must endeavor to
>satisfy as many as possible without undue hardship to the remainder. In
>previous years, it was very difficult, if not impossible, to have a given
>number of athletes registered on race morning when pre-registering the exact
>number several months before, even though there were 2-300 on a wait list.
>Each July 16th, following a flood of applicants withdrawing at the last
>minute in order to get the partial refund, we would begin to call those on
>the wait list only to find out that only 10 or 12 out of 250 would still be
>available; the others had made other plans.
>For '96, we decided to review the historical drop out rate and found that
>there was a long standing pattern of %age dropouts prior to July 15th and a
>similar pattern for no shows. We adjusted the %ages down to 12% and 7%
>respectively and added this number, based on our target of 1600 on race
>morning, to our registration. Thus, close to 2000 athletes were registered
>by mid-December of '95 for the '96 race. Due to significant pressures from
>athletes wanting to be wait listed just in case, we began a wait list.
>It would be great to be able to accomodate everyone but that is not
Based on this, I would say that if you have not been informed
that you have a spot in the race your chances are slim that you
will be able to get one at this point.
- John Litherland