Movement and Motion, words that describe Penticton’s Ironman athletes and the recently unveiled mural dedicated to the event taking place Sunday, Aug. 28.
The mural was created by Okanagan husband and wife duo Jomae Arts. The artwork is on the wall of the Penticton Chamber office and faces the historic start of the swim for Penticton’s Ironman, behind the Peach.
Members of city council, the mayor, and representatives from Ironman were at the mural on Wednesday, Aug. 24 for its grand unveiling.
“The commitment and dedication, to early mornings and long days and the willingness to push the human spirit is what captivates us, and now that spirit has been captured in art,” said Mayor John Vassilaki.
“Welcome back Ironman Canada and may you stay here forever.”
Not only does the mural feature athletes competing in each of the Ironman stages, it also features the volunteers, who help make the event possible.
Helping 2022’s Ironman return to Penticton is an army of over 1,000 volunteers.
Movement & Motion was the result of a competition that saw multiple entries, but only one winner that captured the spirit of the competition.
Jafa Signs in Penticton installed the finished design on the wall.
As the winners of the mural competition, the artists will receive $4,000 for their work in capturing the spirit of the event and its history in Penticton.
From the very beginning of the swim start in Okanagan Lake, all the way to the cheering finish line, the mural is a celebration of the accomplishment and perseverance of the athletes and competitors.
Ironman also brings a large economic boost to the city, which Vassilaki said has been estimated from anywhere from $10 to $12 million over the week.
The mural project was funded in part by the province of B.C.
Penticton parks and streets, especially Lakeshore Drive is starting to transform as it readies for Ironman. Lakeshore is closed from Winnipeg Street east.
Information about Subaru IRONMAN Canada, including road closures can be found at penticton.ca/ironman.
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