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.
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 net proceeds of the triathlon are donated to the Robert W. McIntosh Scholarship Fund. Initially the fund was awarding a $1,000 scholarship to an individual each year and in 2002 this was increased to provide for two recipients each year. In 2004 and 2005, because of special circumstances, three were awarded.
- 1998 - Dale Addis
- 1999 - Kelly Kirkham
- 2000 - Erin McNamara
- 2001 - David DeRusha
- 2002 – Katherine Baumann / Rory Fogarty
- 2003 - Meghan Kindree / Adam Quiring
- 2004 - Lori Woodman / Max Roy / Leah Richardson
- 2005 - Julia Baumann / Philip MacKellar / Jason Patchell
- 2006 - Meghan Kent / Tack Lee
- 2007 - Lauren Hughes / Dan MacKellar
- 2008 - Brad White / Miranda Miller
- 2009 - Eden Imbeau / Jordan Platz
- 2010 - Samantha Mee / Alison MacKellar
- 2011 – Meaghan Roberts / Khristian Jamir
- Darcy Sutherland / Rob Leigh
Another legacy created over the last few years has been the establishment of the Cheekye Fan Trail. This trail has been 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.