2000 Canadian Sport Awards
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In 1998, Peter Reid of Victoria became the first Canadian male to win the prestigious Ironman world championship competition held at Kailua-Kona, Hawaii. The Hawaii Ironman is regarded as the ultimate test of endurance and racing strength.
The 1,500 athletes entered in the competition swam 3.86 kilometres, cycled 180 kilometres and ran 42 kilometres while enduring temperatures in the mid-30's Celsius and headwinds upwards of 64 kilometres an hour. Many veteran racers said it was the toughest race they'd ever been involved in.
In addition to his incredible triumph in Hawaii, Reid kicked off 1998 with an exciting victory at the Australia Ironman. He upset Australian Chris Leigh by six seconds in a race that lasted over eight hours. It was the closest race in Ironman Australia's history.
Reid's wife Lori Bowden is one of Canada's top female triathletes. She won the Ironman Canada in the fall and was second at the world championships in Hawaii. They had made a deal before the competition in Hawaii that if either won the world crown they would get married. Recently at the New York Marathon they were introduced as the fittest couple in the world. Peter Reid was also named 1998 Canadian Triathlete of the Year, 1998 Athlete of the Year by the U.S. based Triathlete Magazine and the Inside Triathlon Man of the Year.