EDITORIAL: Ironman requires public input

A challenge has been put before North Okanagan politicians but it’s not their’s alone to make.

A challenge has been put before North Okanagan politicians but it’s not their’s alone to make.

The City of Vernon is currently considering whether it should bid to host Ironman Canada from 2013 to 2017. But because of the scope of the event — cycling, running and swimming, there would be a need for the communities of Coldstream, Spallumcheen, Armstrong, Enderby and the electoral areas to come board, as well as possibly Lake Country and Salmon Arm.

Because Vernon’s bid would have to be submitted by Sept. 24, city officials have been working around the clock to determine the potential benefits and implications from such an event.

Discussions have been held with the outlying communities and many of them will be discussing at their council meetings Monday. A quick decision on participation has to be made by them so Vernon council can make a final decision on a bid Friday.

Now this is where all of the residents of the North Okanagan come into play.

As part of their process, all of the municipal councils need to hear from their constituents and businesses on whether Ironman should be brought to the region. If it does come, there could be significant economic spinoffs as thousands of athletes stay here, while there would also be international exposure. On the other side, each participating municipality would be responsible for significant costs for traffic control, security, shuttle buses, garbage control, etc.

With the clock ticking, your elected officials need to hear from you.

Help them make a decision that is right for the region.

—The Morning Star