In Memory of Bob McIntosh
The Squamish Triathlon is in memory of local triathlete Bob McIntosh, pictured here with his two children, Sam and Emma, in September 1997 (Photo: Bob, Sam and Emma 1997).
The triathlon was conceived as a community event to celebrate his life. He had a passion for triathlon and competed across Canada and the western United States. Bob qualified for the Canadian team and competed in two World Championships, once in Manchester, England, 1995, and again in Perth, Australia, 1997. He took great pride in being named as one of the captains of the Canadian team.
Regularly on Sunday mornings a group of friends would meet at Bob’s home before setting off on their weekly long run through the forested trails of Squamish. Bob fondly referred to these runs as “fat burners” and the slowest runner would set the group pace. Discussions were diverse and often a time for individuals to recount their work-week, exchange jokes, expound passions & peeves, analyze triathlon courses and boast of personal bests, all the while enjoying the amazing trail network of Squamish. A recurring topic initiated by Bob was the dream of one day hosting a triathlon in Squamish.
After his untimely death in 1997 this same group of friends began the process of bringing this dream to reality. The inaugural “Squamish Triathlon – A Memorial to Bob McIntosh” was launched in 1998 with over 200 individual entries and 51 relay teams.
An annual scholarship was created to assist a Squamish student who has demonstrated abilities in academics, athletics and citizenship. Each year the goal of the triathlon is to donate to the Robert W. McIntosh Scholarship Fund in order to continue this legacy.
2018 - Madison Cartwright-Massey
2017 - Alexandre Jevrons
2016 – Alexandra Wade
2015 – Oliver Rizun / Keara Klimchuck-Brown
2014 – Melissa Behrner / Sarah Dale
2013 – Maegan Bruce / Joshua Watts
2012 – Darcy Sutherland / Rob Leigh
2011 – Meaghan Roberts / Khristian Jamir
2010 – Samantha Mee / Alison MacKellar
2009 – Eden Imbeau / Jordan Platz
2008 – Brad White / Miranda Miller
2007 – Lauren Hughes / Dan MacKellar
2006 – Meghan Kent / Tack Lee
2005 – Julia Baumann / Philip MacKellar / Jason Patchell
2004 – Lori Woodman / Max Roy / Leah Richardson
2003 – Meghan Kindree / Adam Quiring
2002 – Katherine Baumann / Rory Fogarty
2001 – David DeRusha
2000 – Erin McNamara
1999 – Kelly Kirkham
1998 – Dale Addis
Another legacy is the creation of the Cheekye Fan Trail. This trail was built under the direction of Ray Peters and with the help of numerous volunteers and the generous participation of many local businesses. The trail provides a beautiful route for the running leg of the triathlon and is also widely used by the community as a whole. The triathlon, the scholarship and the Cheekye Fan Trail are all a testament to the memory of Bob McIntosh.