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2012 last year for Penticton Ironman triathalon

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This weekend marks the Ironman Triathlon's 30th anniversary in Penticton.

And this year's race will be its last.

The race's director has given up control of the event, and for the past two weeks Penticton city council had been deliberating about whether to buy the licensing rights to the Ironman.

But on Thursday, the city announced it's going in a different direction.

Starting next summer, the Ironman will be replaced by an event called the Challenge Family Triathlon.

The Challenge Family runs a series of 12 triathlons, mostly in Europe and the Penticton race will be its first North American event.

Felix Walchshoefer is the Challenge Family's CEO, and Daybreak host Chris Walker reached him in Penticton.
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The Challenge looks like the same race, with identical swim, bike and run distances, but  Ironman loyalists might not agree.

Sharon Lonergan of Kelowna has complete nine Ironman triathalons, seven 7 of them in Penticton.

She says her race this weekend will mark the end of an era.

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