Blast from the past — A decade ago, Canadian Barbi Brochu was the first finisher of the swim leg of the 2009 Ultraman, setting a new women’s course record with a 2:42:41. The ultra-endurance race left Penticton in 2014 and returned in 2019. Organizers have announced the race will be back again next July. (Western News file photo)

Ultraman Penticton returns in July 2020

The ultra-endurance race is contracted to run annually until 2024

The Ultraman triathlon is coming back to Penticton in 2020.

The three-day multi-sport race is set for July 24 to 26 next year. Competitors start off with a 10-kilometre swim and 145-km bike ride on day one, a 275-km bike ride on day two, and an 84.4-km double-marathon to finish the competition.

Read More: New record for Ultraman Canada set in Penticton

After initial race organizer Steve Brown broke away to run his own brand between 2014 to 2017, Ultraman Canada returned in 2019. The success of that race and feedback from competitors was enough to earn a five-year contract for the race in Penticton.

The upcoming race will be an official qualifier for the World Championship Ultraman race. The 2020 World Championship is the competition’s 35th-anniversary race and takes place Nov. 29, 30 and Dec. 1 in 2020 in Kona, Hawaii.

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