The rapid spread of the Coronavirus COVID-19 is forcing huge changes in the 2020 race schedule, with numerous events being cancelled or postponed. We’ll update this page daily with the latest race news.

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Race news on April 3, 2020

World Triathlon suspends all activity until June 30

The World Triathlon executive board met today and decided to suspend all activities until June 30. Click here for more details and a full list of the events affected.

Challenge St. Pölten and Heilbronn cancelled

Challenge Family announced the cancellation of two events scheduled for May and June:

“Heavily hearted we have to announce the cancellation of this year´s Challenge St. Polten and Challenge Heilbronn,” organizers said. Acknowledging that the both events will be hit hard financially because many of the event costs have already been incurred, participants will be able to get a full refund if they choose.

> Read the full statement from Challenge St. Pölten here

> Read the full statement from Challenge Heilbronn here

Race news on March 31, 2020

Ironman 70.3 Connecticut postponed

The race, originally scheduled for May 31, 2020, “will not take place as planned” according to a release sent out by Ironman today. No word on the new date for this race.

Ironman 70.3 Virginia’s Blue Ridge postponed

Set for June 7, the race which debuted a year ago and was won by Canadian Philippe Tremblay, has been postponed “based on the mandate from the Virginia Governor Ralph Northam in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic.” No new date has been announced.

Race news on March 30, 2020

Ironman 70.3 Chattanooga rescheduled

Ironman 70.3 Chattanooga originally scheduled for May 17, 2020 has been postponed to August 23, 2020.

IOC and IPC announce new dates for Olympics/ Paralympics

The new dates for the events in Tokyo will be exactly one year after the original dates. That means the Olympics will take place from July 23 to August 8, 2021, while the Paralympics will take place from August 24 to September 5, 2021.

Read more here.

Ironman Tulsa postponed

Set for May 31, 2020, Ironman has announced it will postpone the inaugural race in Tulsa. No new date has been announced at this point.

Race news on March 27, 2020

Montreal International Triathlon postponed

Slated for the end of June and including the Canadian national championships, WTS Montreal, the World Paratriathlon Championships and a PATCO sprint event, organizers have had to postpone the Montreal International Triathlon after a government order that will restrict foreigners from entering Canada from anywhere other than the United States until June 30.

Read more here.

Sportstats announces virtual triathlon to run in May

Canadian timing company Sportstats will offer free sprint, standard and half-distance virtual races.

Ironman 70.3 Gulf Coast postponed

Originally scheduled for May 9, the race in Florida has been postponed – no new race date has been announced yet.

Race news on March 26, 2020

Challenge Roth cancelled

As a harsh reality check we learned today that one of the sport’s most iconic events has been cancelled.

More Ironman events moved to the fall

Add to the growing list of events we’ll now see taking place in September and October:

  • Ironman 70.3 Aix-en-Provence will now take place on September 27
  • Ironman 70.3 Marbella will now take place on October 25
  • Ironman 70.3 Barcelona will be held on October 4
  • Ironman 70.3 Alcudia-Mallorca is rescheduled to October 31

Los Angeles Triathlon rescheduled to October

Originally scheduled for May, Herbalife Nutrition has rescheduled the Herbalife24 Triathlon Los Angeles, 5k and Bike Tour to Sunday, October 25, 2020.

Race news on March 25, 2020

Ironman Lanzarote is cancelled

With Spain having implemented a national emergency protocol on March 14, we shouldn’t be surprised that Ironman Lanzarote, scheduled for May 23, has been cancelled. Here’s the notice that appears on the event website:

In alignment with Club La Santa, and in light of the March 14 implementation of national emergency protocol by the National Government of Spain in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 IRONMAN Lanzarote, originally scheduled for 23 May 2020 has been cancelled due to force majeure.  Athletes that are registered for the event will receive an email in the coming days with further details. If you have additional questions, please contact lanzarote@ironman.com

In what has been a continually evolving and challenging time globally, we recognize that the postponement may come as a disappointment but look forward to providing athletes with an exceptional event experience in the future.

Ironman 70.3 Florida Rescheduled

There will now be a couple of big half-distance races within a week in the Orlando area in December – Challenge Daytona on December 5, and Ironman 70.3 Florida, which will now take place on December 13, 2020.

Ironman 70.3 Alcudia-Mallorca and 70.3 Barcelona Postponed

More races in Spain are now being postponed, too, as Alcudia-Mallorca and Barcelona, which will not take place on May 9 and May 17 as had originally been scheduled.

WTS Montreal to evaluate on April 13

Patrice Brunet, the president of the Montreal Triathlon, sent a message out today letting athletes know that, for now, plans are still in place for this year’s event, which will serve as the National Triathlon Championship here in Canada in addition to hosting some of the world’s top triathletes for the ITU World Triathlon Montreal.

Organizers are working from home right now and will convene with the ITU once the Quebec government reviews “the current state of confinemen,” Brunet says.

“In all transparency, I can’t hide from you that we are also working, in parallel, on a contingency plan which would include a postponement of the event to the end of the summer,” Brunet says. “It would be irresponsible not to do this exercise. We are not there yet, and if these discussions are to be concluded, you will be the first to know. In the meantime, there is no reason to make a hasty decision. Our ship is not as big as the Olympic Games, we have the benefit of time ahead of us. Not a lot, but some.”

Race news on March 24, 2020

Olympics postponed

The IOC and Japanese officials announce that the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games will be postponed. In a release the IOC says the games will be “rescheduled to a date beyond 2020 but not later than summer 2021.”

Ironman 70.3 Victoria rescheduled

The new race date for Ironman 70.3 Victoria will be August 9, 2020.

Race news on March 23, 2020

Ironman 70.3 Hawaii rescheduled to August 15

Ironman has now announced that the “2020 IRONMAN 70.3 Hawai`i triathlon, originally scheduled for May 30, 2020 has been postponed to August 15, 2020.”

Canada pulls out of Games if they take place this summer

The Canadian Olympic Committee and the Canadian Paralympic Committee have announced that they will not send athletes to the Olympic or Paralympic Games if they take place this summer.

Ironman announces virtual racing

There was no new news regarding Ironman events as of 9:30 this morning, but on Friday Ironman did announce a new virtual racing platform it will launch in April.

Challenge Family announces more new dates

More Challenge Family races have new dates now. Here’s the latest list:

CHALLENGEFLORIANOPOLIS short March 22, 2020 Postponed September 27, 2020 More information
CHALLENGESALOU March 29, 2020 Postponed September 27, 2020 More information
CHALLENGESHEPPARTON April, 5, 2020 Postponed October 11, 2020 More information
CHALLENGECERRADO April 19, 2020 Cancelled More information
CHALLENGEMOGAN-GRANCANARIA April 25, 2020 Postponed November 7, 2020 More information
CHALLENGETAIWAN April 26, 2020 Postponed November 15, 2020 More information
CHALLENGECANCUN April 26, 2020 Postponed October 18, 2020 More information
CHALLENGELISBOA May 23, 2020 Postponed September 12, 2020 More information

You can keep track of the revised Challenge schedule as they announce changes here.

Race news on March 19, 2020

Ironman reschedules St. George

The Ironman North American Championship St. George has been rescheduled from its original date of May 2 to September 19.

Ironman reschedules Oceanside and Brazil

Ironman was able to let athletes taking part at Ironman 70.3 Oceanside that the race has been rescheduled to the fall: “We are pleased to share with you the new 2020 race date for IRONMAN 70.3 Oceanside triathlon which is now scheduled to take place on Saturday, October 24, 2020,” the company posted on Ironman.com last night.

Ironman Brazil, which was supposed to take place on May 31 has been rescheduled to August 16.

Ironman 70.3 Florianopolis, which was to take place on April 26 will now take place on July 12.

We can also add a few more postponements to the list:

  • Ironman 70.3 Florida, scheduled for April 19.
  • Ironman 70.3 Santa Rosa, scheduled for May 9.
  • Ironman 70.3 Victoria, scheduled for May 31.

PTO postpones Collins Cup until 2021

The Professional Triathletes Organisation has delayed the much-anticipated Collins Cup until 2021. The group also announced yesterday that it would be increasing its annual bonus program by $500,000 and making the payments to the top-100 athletes in the PTO World Rankings immediately. Read more.

Xterra updates race postponements and cancellations:

Xterra enthusiasts might not be able to hit many races over the next little bit, but they will be able to get their adventure fix thanks to a new podcast hosted by Canadian Ray Zahab.

A few more events have either been cancelled or postponed on the Xterra schedule.

Last updated:  March 18, 2020 at 11:07 am PT

EVENT DATE EVENT LOCATION STATUS
28-Mar XTERRA Asia-Pacific Championship Kenting, Taiwan CANCELLED – click for info
22-Mar XTERRA Point Mugu Trail Runs California, USA CANCELLED – click for info
4-Apr XTERRA New Zealand Rotorua, New Zealand CANCELLED – click for info
4-Apr XTERRA Argentina Dique Ullum, San Juan Postponed – click for info
4-Apr XTERRA Malta Golden Bay Postponed – click for info
18-Apr XTERRA Croatia Mali Losinj Postponed – click for info
19-Apr XTERRA Black Mountain Trail Run San Diego, CA, USA As Scheduled
25-Apr XTERRA Greece Vouliagmeni Postponed – click for info
25-Apr XTERRA ATX Austin, TX Postponed – click for info
9-May XTERRA Brazil Ilhabela As Scheduled
10-May XTERRA Portugal Golega As Scheduled
16-May XTERRA Point Mugu Trail Run Malibu, CA, USA As Scheduled
16-May XTERRA New Caledonia Trail Runs Paita, New Caledonia Postponed – click for info

Race news on March 18, 2020

WTS Leeds postponed

Set for June 6 to 7, WTS Leeds has been postponed. A new date hasn’t been set, but will be announced by April 30.

Read more.

Race news on March 17, 2020

Ironman postpones five Australian races

Add five more events to the Ironman “postponed” list – The Ironman Cairns Asia-Pacific Championship and Ironman 70.3 Cairns, which were scheduled for June 7, have been postponed, as have events slated for early May – Ironman Australia, Ironman 70.3 Port Macquarie and Ironman 70.3 Busselton.

Herbalife24 Triathlon Los Angeles postponed

As of yet there is no new race date for the event that was originally slated for May 17.

Multisport Canada provides update

One of the largest race series in the country, Ontario’s Multisport Canada, offered an update to athletes earlier today:

We know that many people are wondering what will be happening to specific races and the 2020 season because of COVID-19. For MultiSport Canada it is simply too soon to know what will happen to individual races or the season however, we felt we should do our best to give you as much information as we can.

What We Know Today

At this point in time we have no plans to cancel any events in 2020. Our first races of the season, Gravenhurst and Welland, are thirteen and fifteen weeks away respectively, with Bracebridge over four months away. While we have no plans to cancel, we are researching options to move some races to later in the season. To that end we have been and continue to be in touch with each of the municipalities where we have our races to determine if they have made any decisions around mass gatherings and the options for dates later in the summer.

If and when any race is rescheduled, postponed or cancelled we will immediately contact each registered athlete by email, post to our website www.multisportcanada.com and post to our social media (Facebook, Instagram & Twitter). Please do not attempt to contact our offices by phone as our staff are currently working from home.

We especially would like to thank all of the people who work in front line healthcare. If you have cause to interact with any of these amazing people please be sure to thank them! Remember to follow the guidelines published by the Government of Canada. https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/2019-novel-coronavirus-infection/health-professionals/public-health-measures-mitigate-covid-19.html

Jason Vurma, John Salt and Joseph Park

MultiSport Canada

Race news on March 16, 2020

Challenge Family announces a number of race postponements and one cancellation

In a message sent to athletes, Challenge Family announced a number of race postponements and one cancellation for events in the series in March, April and May.

You can read more here.

The latest update from Ironman:

from www.ironman.com – update as of 9:40 AM, March 15

Ironman Texas added to list of postponed races

Slated for April 25, Ironman announced that the event will not be taking place on that date and that the company is “working diligently to secrure venues and a new race date for the Ironman Texas triatlon.”

Ironman 70.3 Davao postponed until May 10

The race in Philippines originally scheduled for March 22 has been postponed until May 10.

Ironman 70.3 Liuzhou postponed until September 20

The event originally scheduled for April 12 in Liuzhou, China, has been postponed until September 20.

Upcoming Ironman races that haven’t been postponed … (as of now):

  • Ironman Florida, April 19
  • Ironman 70.3 Marbella (Spain), April 26
  • Ironman Brazil, April 26
  • Ironman 70.3 Busselton (Australia), May 2 – now postponed
  • Ironman St. George (Ironman North American Championship), May 2
  • Ironman 70.3 Monterrey (Mexico), May 3
  • Ironman Australia, May 3 – now postponed
  • Ironman 70.3 Port Macquarie (Australia), May 3 – now postponed

Race news on March 14, 2020

Ironman postpones 70.3 races in Oceanside, Texas and more

Ironman announced a number of postponements to events, including Ironman 70.3 Oceanside, Ironman 70.3 Texas, Ironman 70.3 Punta del Este and Desaru Coast.

You can read the details here.

ITU Suspends all activities and Triathlon Canada suspends event season until April 30

World Triathlon announced today that all races, camps, courses and other activities would be suspended at least until the end of April. Triathlon Canada has also suspended all events until the end of April, too. Read the story.

Race news on March 13, 2020

Ironman 70.3 Greece postponed to October 25, 2020

In a message posted on the Ironman.com event site, organizers of Ironman 70.3 Greece announced that the race will be postponed to October.

In alignment with the joint Ministerial Decree of the Hellenic Ministries of Health, Interiors, Citizen Protection, Culture and Sports, and with the health and safety of our community being an utmost priority, IRONMAN race officials in conjunction with local authorities have decided to postpone the 2020 IRONMAN® 70.3® Greece, Costa Navarino originally scheduled for 5 April to 25 October 2020. Athletes that are registered for the event will receive an email with further details. If you have questions, please contact athlete services at greece70.3@ironman.com.

Sarasota-Bradenton PATCO and Ironman South Africa

We reported that the ITU had cancelled the Sarasota-Bradenton PATCO Sprint Triathlon Panamerican Cup and postponed the Ironman African Championship to November 15.

Challenge Salou postponed until September

Here’s the official statement that appeared on the Challenge Salou website – the event has been postponed until September 27, 2020.

Dear Athletes,

With regret we have to inform you that Challenge Salou cannot take place on March 29. The official authorities just announced that all events in the whole region in the next weeks have to be postponed, as specified in the PROCICAT action plan for emergencies associated with emerging communicable diseases with high-risk potential.

In Challenge Salou we are forced to make decisions for the good of all: athletes, family, spectators, etc.

But we will continue to work on a great triathlon event this year. We have been able to secure a new date, in compliance with the measures dictated by the health authorities. This new date will be September 27, 2020.

All registrations will be automatedly changed to September. In case an athlete prefers to move the registration to the edition of 2021 (03/28/2021) or 2022 (date to be specified), he/she can send an email to the organization (info@challengesalou.com) and the slot would be saved, at no extra cost.

Thank you very much for your understanding.

Strongman Triathlon cancelled

According to the event website, Japan’s long-running Strongman Triathlon on Miyokojima (this was to be the 36th edition) has been cancelled.

Xterra Events through April

The Xterra race series has seen a number of events either cancelled or postponed over the coming months. Here’s the current status of the Xterra series events until the end of April:

EVENT DATE EVENT LOCATION STATUS
28-Mar XTERRA Asia-Pacific Championship Kenting, Taiwan CANCELLED – click for info
22-Mar XTERRA Point Mugu Trail Runs California, USA CANCELLED – click for info
4-Apr XTERRA New Zealand Rotorua, New Zealand As Scheduled
4-Apr XTERRA Argentina Dique Ullum, San Juan Local athletes only
4-Apr XTERRA Malta Golden Bay Postponed – click for info
18-Apr XTERRA Croatia Mali Losinj Postponed – click for info
19-Apr XTERRA Black Mountain Trail Run San Diego, CA, USA As Scheduled
25-Apr XTERRA Greece Vouliagmeni Postponed – click for info
25-Apr XTERRA ATX Austin, TX As Scheduled

USA Triathlon postpones theUSA Triathlon Collegiate Club and High School National Championships

Scheduled to take place on April 3 and 4 in Tempe, Arizona, the event has been postponed. No new date has been announced for the event at this point.

 

Race news on March 12, 2020

Ironman cancels Superseal triathlon

Ironman 70.3 Puerto Rico postponed

ITU Postpones Sarasota-Bradenton Triathlon and Paratriathlon World Cups

Read the full report here.

Earlier Race News

The ITU moves the Paratriathlon World Championship from Milan to Montreal

Ironman Taiwan postponed to 2021

  • IRONMAN Taiwan defers to 21 March, 2021
  • IRONKIDS in Penghu defers to 20 March, 2021

Super League NEOM postponed

Read the full report here.

Early race cancellations

We reported in February that Xterra had cancelled its Asia-Pacific Championships in Taiwan, that the ITU had postponed the World Triathlon Series (WTS) opener in Abu Dhabi, while also postponing other Asian Cup and world cup events and moving a mixed-team relay qualifying event to Italy.

Travel Advisories

On January 31, 2020 Triathlon Canada posted a coronavirus update and advisory in which suggested that all athletes and coaches should heed the government’s advisory to “avoid all essential travel” to China.

On March 12, 2020 we reported that Triathlon Canada was “strongly recommending that athletes return to Canada.”

 

 

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