Athletes registered for Ironman Australia are going to have to wait a bit longer to be able to finally hit the start line for the 35th running of the race – the race was postponed for the third time in a year due to floods that have made putting on the race “not in the best interests of the community,” according to Ironman officials.
The race was scheduled to take place on May 2, but has been postponed to Sept. 5, 2021.
“Last week our team spent time in the region to assess the impact of the recent floods and what it means for this year’s event,” said Ironman Group Oceania managing director Dave Beeche. “During this visit, it was evident that hosting the event as planned is not in the best interests of the community, who are facing a long road to recovery. While on the surface the region has made great progress to get back on its feet quickly, the reality is that hundreds of homes, businesses, infrastructure, water quality and lives have been severely impacted.”
“On top of that there is also a huge demand on the local workforce, following what has already been an incredibly difficult 18 months with bushfires and COVID-19 restrictions,” Beeche continued. “Our thoughts continue to go out to all of those affected and we are looking into ways that the Ironman community can help support those most in need. We know for some athletes this will be the third time they have received this news, and we are truly sorry you are yet to experience the Ironman finish line that you have continued to train so hard for.”
As we reported last year, after postponing the race from May 3 to Sept. 13, Ironman cancelled last year’s race.