Fast time at Mont-Trembant Canada earned spot at start line of the Ironman World Championship in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii
By Rick Reynolds
After Unity Home’s sales associate John Dunbar completed the grueling Ironman triathlon in Mont Tremblant, Canada, with an overall time of 9:45. Eighth out of 374 in his age group (and 53rd out of 2352 finishers including professionals, 30th overall among amateurs), his time had qualified him for a starting position at the Ironman World Championship in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii
The August 16 triathlon, which took place in and around Mont-Tremblant, an internationally renowned ski village in the Laurentian mountains of Quebec, had three major legs: a 2.4-mile (3.8 km) swim in Lake Tremblant, followed by a 112-mile (180 KM) bike course, and ending with a 26.2-mile (42.2 KM) run.
According to Dunbar: “My 9:45 overall time included a fast swim—at least for me (1:03 for 2.4 miles), a very fast bike (4:58 for 112 miles), and a good run (3:36 for 26.2 miles).”
“To say I was excited would be a complete understatement. It had taken four years of consistent training at a very intense level to accomplish this dream: one that only 2000 people in the world each year get to experience.”
On October 10, 2015, less than two months after returning from Mont-Tremblant, Dunbar completed his second triathlon, the IRONMAN World Championship in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii. This time, on the world’s biggest stage and in some of the sport’s harshest conditions, Dunbar finished 115th in the world for his division (Male,40-44) with an overall ranking of 627. His split times were 01:15 for the swim, 05:07:32 for the bike, and 03:52:56 for the run, finishing in the combined time of 10:28:58.
The Ironman World Championship is known to have some of the harshest conditions in the sport of triathlon with the potential for trade winds gusting over 30 mph and very hot, humid conditions on the bike, but especially during the marathon run. While the wind was not a big factor this year, the heat and humidity were. Heat index on the run in the lava fields around Kailua-Kona were reported to approach 120°F during the race. This lead to a higher than typical DNF (Did Not Finish) rate of 7% overall with 32% of the professional athletes not finishing.
Dunbar had this to say about the experience: “Racing in Kona has always been a dream and this experience did not disappoint. Despite the challenging conditions, I enjoyed not only the entire race experience, but was able to celebrate with family and friends the multi-year journey to get to Kona. I am extremely grateful to my family, friends and coworkers for all the support extended to me over the years.