After one year of operation, Ironman North Carolina announced the race will be discontinued in 2017. Previously known as the Beach2Battleship Full Distance triathlon, the event was acquired back in 2015 along with the Beach2Battleship Half Distance triathlon.
In 2016, rebranded as Ironman North Carolina and Ironman 70.3 North Carolina, both events took place as age-group only Saturday 22 October 2016.
The 2016 full distance event was hit by Hurricane Matthew, which took its toll on the region and the race, resulting in race directors cutting the race’s bike leg from the standard 180 km to just 80 km. Ironman 70.3 North Carolina’s bike course was cut by 10 km.
A statement about the cancellation of Ironman North Carolina was released on the website:
After careful consideration, Ironman North Carolina will not continue for 2017; we will put all efforts into making Ironman 70.3 North Carolina a top-notch late season race for athletes. We appreciate the efforts and support of the city as well as our volunteers, partners, and everyone else involved in putting on the dual-event this past year and look forward to continued support for the future Ironman 70.3 North Carolina event that will continue.
We appreciate our athletes’ dedication and understand the disappointment that some will have in not being able to race a full-distance event in that location. We encourage those athletes to consider Ironman Maryland, Ironman Louisville and Ironman Florida.