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Live Update: Triathlon cancellations and postponements due to Coronavirus COVID-19

A daily update of events that have been postponed or cancelled due to the Coronaviris COVID-19.

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

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Race news for October 19

Ironman and Ironman 70.3 Portugal Cascais “rescheduled”

WorlTour cyclist Adam Hansen will have to look for another race – the Australian pro cyclist was planning on competing in Cascais just a few weeks after he would have finished racing at the Giro d’Italia.

According to the Ironman update page:

When we postponed the Ironman Portugal-Cascais triathlon from its original date of September 26 to November 7, 2020, we felt very confident we would still be able to deliver an exceptional event weekend as planned.

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In meetings leading up to the event, the regional safety and health authorities were satisfied that IRONMAN’s proposed health and safety measures were well designed, and that participants, staff and the wider public would have been sufficiently protected from potential COVID-19 transmission. However, following the announcement of a State of Emergency by the Government of Portugal, and in alignment with the Municipality of Cascais, we regret to share that the event cannot take place in 2020 and will now return on October 23, 2021.

World Triathlon adds more events to 2021 calendar

Included in that list is World Triathlon Montreal, which will take place from June 24 to 27.

You can read the full release here.

Race news for October 15

Ironman 70.3 Arizona set to go this weekend

We haven’t had a report like this for a bit – here’s what athletes can expect when the arrive in Tempe this weekend:

Here’s what athletes can expect as Ironman racing returns to North America

Ironman 70.3 Greece Costa Novarino “rescheduled”

They have a new date for the event – October 24, 2021. Yes, we know … doesn’t that mean the 2020 race has been cancelled?

Ditto for Ironman 70.3 Graz

That race will now take place on May 23, 2021.

Ironman 70.3 Cartagena “rescheduled”

The event in the beautiful city of Cartagena, Colombia won’t be happening this year – it’ll return on Dec. 5, 2021.

Ironman 70.3 Punta del Este “rescheduled” again

According to the Ironman update page: “We regret to advise that the Ironman 70.3 Punta del Este triathlon, rescheduled for November 29, cannot take place in 2020. We are working diligently on all potential future options and further event details will be communicated as soon as possible.”

Race news for October 7

Ironman 70.3 North Carolina “cannot take place in 2020”

According to the Ironman update page, the race will return on October 23, 2021.

More European events “rescheduled”

Ironman 70.3 Aix-en-Provence in France had been rescheduled from May 17 to September 27 – but in the end the race couldn’t take place. According to the Ironman update page:

In meetings leading up to the event, the regional safety and health authorities were satisfied that IRONMAN’s proposed health and safety measures were well designed, and that participants, staff and the wider public would have been sufficiently protected from potential COVID-19 transmission. However, following a restriction of 1000 participants (including staff/team/public) by the French government, and ensuing direction by the prefecture yesterday, we regret to share that the event cannot take place in 2020 as planned and will now return on May 16, 2021.

Ironman 70.3 Weymouth will return on Sept. 19, 2021

Ironman 70.3 Graz will take place on May 23, 2021

Challenge Family update:

There are still a few races on the Challenge calendar for 2020. The big one, of course, is Challenge Daytona with the $1 million prize purse for the PTO Championships. Other events still on tap for 2020 include:

  • Challenge Florianopolis – December 13
  • Challenge Shepparton – October 11
  • Challenge Taiwan – November 15

Race news for September 25

Ironman 70.3 Buenos Aires update

Originally scheduled for Nov. 1, according to the Ironman update page, the event “cannot take place in 2020,” and, organizers “are working diligetnly on all potential options.”

Ironman 70.3 Xiamen “postponed”

According to the Ironman update page, “Based on the mandate from the Xiamen Municipal Sports Bureau and the General Administration of the China National Sports Bureau in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Ironman 70.3 Xiamen triathlon, originally scheduled for November 8 cannot take place in 2020 and will now return in 2021. Race officials are working with authorities to finalize the 2021 race date and we will share that as soon as it is available.”

Same for Ironman 70.3 Shanghai-Chongming

“Based on the mandate from the Shanghai Municipal Sports Bureau and the General Administration of the China National Sports Bureau in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic, the IRONMAN 70.3 Shanghai Chongming triathlon, originally scheduled for October 18 cannot take place in 2020 and will now return in 2021. Race officials are working with authorities to finalize the 2021 race date and we will share that as soon as it is available.”

Race news for September 22

Ironman 70.3 Luxembourg-Région Moselle triathlon update

Ever get the feeling that Ironman can’t buy a break in 2020? Check out this update they sent out earlier today:

When we postponed the Ironman 70.3 Luxembourg-Région Moselle triathlon from its original date of June 14 to October 11, 2020, we felt very confident we would still be able to deliver an exceptional event weekend as planned. 
 
In meetings leading up to the event, the regional safety and health authorities were satisfied that Ironman’s proposed health and safety measures were well designed, and that participants, staff and the wider public would have been sufficiently protected from potential COVID-19 transmission. 
 
However, we were recently informed by the authorities that the Riemescher Weiern, this year’s location of the swim course has been closed to the public indefinitely due to an infestation of blue-green algae. In addition, the Mosel river, the swim course’s original location has also been affected by blue-green algae and has unsuitable swim conditions. 
 
Due to this new information and after further conversations with authorities, we regret to share that the event cannot take place in 2020 as planned and will now return on June 20, 2021.

Challenge Gunsan-Saemangeum cancelled

After making an attempt at offering a multi-day, all-indoor event, organizers had to pull the plug on the event during the semifinal stage of the race. “New restrictions applied by the authorities” forced organizers to stop the racing after three of the six semifinal rounds leading to the “Super Final” which was to be scheduled for the original race date.

Athletes were given the option for a full refund, or a race-branded trisuit, backpack and wooden trophy to store medals from the online event, along with a 50 per cent discount for next year’s race.

Find out more here.

Race news for September 18

Ironman Texas and 70.3 Waco not happening in 2020

Ironman Texas had been rescheduled and moved to coincide with Ironman 70.3 Waco on Oct. 17, but according to a release from Ironman, neither race will take place this year.

Unfortunately, based on further conversations with and direction from local Waco authorities in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic, and with the health and safety of our community being an utmost priority, both the Ironman Texas and the Bicycle World Texas Ironman 70.3 Waco triathlons cannot take place in 2020. IRONMAN Texas will return to The Woodlands on April 24, 2021. IRONMAN 70.3 Waco will return in October 2021. 

Race news for September 15

Esprit Triathlon goes, but has to switch all events to the sprint distance

Heading into last weekend’s Esprit Triathlon, organizers learned that they would have to limit the number of people at the event site to 250, which forced them to switch the race weekend to a series of sprint races – they ran three races on Saturday and Sunday.

Ironman 70.3 Indian Wells “rescheduled”

Originally scheduled for Dec. 6, the event in Indian Wells-La Quinta “cannot take place in 2020 and will return on December 5, 2021.”

Ironman 70.3 Los Cabos “rescheduled” – no new date as of yet

According to the Ironman update page:

Based on the latest discussion with and direction from the Tourism and Health Authorities in the State of Baja California Sur and City of Los Cabos in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic, and with the health and safety of our community being an utmost priority, we regret to advise that the IRONMAN 70.3 Los Cabos, originally scheduled for November 1 cannot take place as planned in 2020. We are working diligently on all potential options and further event details will be communicated as soon as possible.

More Ironman events cancelled in Australia

Both Ironman 70.3 Melbourne and Ironman 70.3 Western Sydney have been cancelled, according to the Ironman update page.

We do applaud the use of the word “cancelled” in the announcement, and also were impressed with the heartfelt message:

Well, this is the news we really hoped we didn’t have to deliver this year – but with a very heavy heart, we are confirming that IRONMAN 70.3 Melbourne 2020 will not be going ahead.

2020 was supposed to be a comeback year for IRONMAN in Melbourne, and we were so excited to bring IRONMAN 70.3 Melbourne to the sports capital of the world. We’ve remained optimistic the situation would improve by November, but due to the recent announcement of the Victorian Government roadmap to reopening, which outlined that large gatherings may not resume before 23 November 2020, we regret to advise that IRONMAN 70.3 Melbourne cannot take place as planned on 15 November 2020.

We know this will bring on a mix of emotions, many of you will be disappointed by this news and others will understandably be relieved to have some certainty. Please know that our team are gutted. We really wanted to end the year on a positive and see you back doing what you love.

And:

Over recent months we have remained positive and worked towards delivering IRONMAN 70.3 Western Sydney on September 27, 2020 as planned.

As you may know, the current Public Health Order regarding Mass Gatherings in NSW has been extended to 29 September 2020 – meaning gatherings over 500 people cannot take place in NSW over our event weekend without an exemption. Unfortunately, and despite our best efforts, given the current situation in NSW an exemption has not been granted. As a result, we regret to advise that IRONMAN 70.3 Western Sydney cannot take place as planned on 27 September 2020.

Please know that we love IRONMAN 70.3 Western Sydney as much as you love racing in it and we share in the disappointment of this news. 

European Events “rescheduled”

After a weekend that saw three Ironman events, things have once again slowed over in Europe on the Ironman race front:

  • Ironman 70.3 Greece, Costa Navarino – “cannot take place in 2020 and will return in 2021.”
  • Ironman 70.3 Marrakech – also can’t take place this year
  • 5i50 Triathlon Series Westfriesland – according to the Ironman update page:

When we postponed the IRONMAN 70.3 Westfriesland, 5150 Westfriesland and 4:18:4 Westfriesland triathlons from their original dates of June 26 – 28 to October 2 – 4, 2020, we felt very confident we would still be able to deliver an exceptional event weekend as planned.

In meetings leading up to the event, West-Friesland’s safety and health authorities were satisfied that IRONMAN’s proposed health and safety measures were well designed, and that participants, staff and the wider public would have been sufficiently protected from potential COVID-19 transmission. However, following further discussions between and direction from the mayors representing the region of West-Friesland yesterday, we regret to share that the events cannot take place in 2020 as planned and will now return on June 25 – 27, 2021.

  • Ironman 70.3 Aix-en-Provence – has been rescheduled again. It was moved from May 17 to Sept. 27, and now will return on May 16, 2021.

Race news for September 2

Ironman African Championship “rescheduled”

After rescheduling the event to November, the Ironman African Championship “cannot take place in 2020” and is “rescheduled” again to March 14, 2021.

Ironman 70.3 Fortaleza “postponed”

Originally scheduled for November 22, the event “cannot take place in 2020” and “race officials and local authorities are working to confirm a new race date for the second quarter of 2021.”

Race news for August 31

Ironman 70.3 Lanzarote “rescheduled”

The island that hosts the full-distance race where “normal limits do not apply” won’t be able to host the beautiful 70.3 race in October, either. According to the Ironman update page, “With the health and safety of our community being an utmost priority, we regret to confirm that the Club La Santa Ironman 70.3 Lanzarote triathlon originally scheduled for October 03 cannot take place in 2020 and will return on October 09, 2021.”

Challenge Salou cancelled

After rescheduling the race to September, organizers of Challenge Salou have had to cancel this year’s race.

“It is sad to have to cancel Challenge Salou 2020, but, unfortunately, it is the only and the most correct option to keep our athletes and their families safe. We are happy that Challenge Salou offers very fair cancellation options, especially taking into account the moment in which the cancellation occurs.”

Check out the link below for a heartfelt apology from the race director:

Race news for August 28

Ironman Maryland and 70.3 Eagleman “rescheduled”

Chalk up another two American events that won’t be happening this year – Ironman 70.3 Eagleman had been rescheduled to take place in conjunction with Ironman Maryland in September – both events “cannot take place in 2020.” Eagleman is set to return on June 13, 2021, while Ironman Maryland is scheduled to return on September 18, 2021.

Ironman and Ironman 70.3 Santa Rosa Cancelled

According to the Ironman update page:

Based on continued conversations with local authorities in relation to both the COVID-19 pandemic and ongoing wildfires in the Santa Rosa region, and with the health and safety of our community being an utmost priority, the Ironman 70.3 Santa Rosa and Ironman Santa Rosa triathlons cannot take place in 2020 and will not return in 2021 after assessing the near-term viability of the events. As previously announced, the full-distance IRONMAN triathlon will move to Sacramento in 2021, taking place on October 24.

The region surrounding Santa Rosa has seen significant devastation due to wildfires since the beginning of our partnership and while Santa Rosa, the surrounding region and respective communities have been incredibly resilient, our partnering agencies need the ability to focus on more important matters including support of the region and its residents.

IRONMAN officials will continue to evaluate options with local officials at the appropriate time for possible IRONMAN and IRONMAN 70.3 events in Santa Rosa beyond 2021.

Ironman Santa Cruz “rescheduled”

The event scheduled for September 13 “cannot take place in 2020 and will return on September 20, 2021.”

Ironman 70.3 Liuzhou “postponed”

The event in China that was rescheduled to Sept. 20 “cannot take place in 2020.” No new date for 2021 as of yet – according to the Ironman update page, the company is “working with local officials to determine 2021 race date options.”

Ironman 70.3 Vietnam “rescheduled”

Rescheduled to Sept. 6, the event “cannot take place in 2020” and “will return on May 9, 2021.”

Race news for August 26

Ironman 70.3 Hawaii “cannot take place” in 2020

According to a release sent out today, the event that was moved from May 30 to November 21 won’t be happening this year and will return on June 5, 2021.

Ditto for Ironman 70.3 Monterrey

Rescheduled to September 20, the Mexican race won’t happen this year. Next year’s race is scheduled for April 25, 2021.

Emilia-Romagna events now “rescheduled” to next year

Last week we reported that the Ironman and 70.3 races in Emilia-Romagna, Italy, had to be delayed for a week due to elections. Things have changed on that front, according to the Ironman update page:

When we communicated a new race date for Ironman Italy Emilia-Romagna due to regional elections only a few days ago, we were provided with confidence that we would still be able to deliver an exceptional event as planned, and our team was very much looking forward to hosting athletes in Cervia. 

Unfortunately, as things continue to evolve quickly due to reasons related to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, and after further conversations with the local and regional authorities, we regret to advise that Ironman Italy Emilia-Romagna can no longer take place in 2020. The event will now return on September 18, 2021.

Race news for August 25

WTS Montreal and Bermuda cancelled, Edmonton to host 2021 worlds

You can read about the big day of news here. In a sentance: Montreal and Bermuda cancelled, Hamburg now hosts 2020 worlds, Edmonton will host the 2021 standard distance worlds, Bermuda will host the age group sprint and mixed team relay, along with the elite super sprint and mixed team relay worlds, there won’t be any qualifying slots for next year’s worlds – all the qualifying races next year will qualify for the 2022 age group worlds team.

Ironman 70.3 Muncie “Rescheduled”

Originally scheduled for July 11, 2020, the Indiana event “cannot take place in 2020 and will return on Ocober 2, 2021.

Ironman Australia cancelled

How refreshing is that one simple word? Here’s the statement on the Ironman update page:

When we postponed Ironman Australia and 70.3 Port Macquarie from the original date of 3 May to 13 September 2020, we felt very confident we would still be able to deliver an exceptional event as planned. 

Unfortunately, due to reasons related to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic including the uncertainty over the duration and extent of international and domestic border restrictions and the potential impact on local community resources, we regret to advise that Ironman Australia cannot take place as planned on 13 September 2020.   

We share in the disappointment of this news as we love producing Ironman Australia as much as you love racing in it.    

All currently registered athletes have been sent an email from us today, and will receive a second email with more details on their options later this week.  

While we are prevented from holding the event in 2020, we are already looking forward to coming back stronger in 2021. 

The Ironman Australia team would like to thank you for your patience and support of the event in this challenging time. 

Ironman Brazil “Rescheduled” again

After being rescheduled to later this year, it has been announced now that Ironman Brazil won’t happen in 2020 and will return on May 30, 2021.

Challenge Shepparton Cancelled

Originally rescheduled to Ocober 11, 2020, the event in Australia has been officially cancelled and will return on April 11, 2021.

Race news for August 18

WTS season to resume in Hamburg, but Canadians won’t be there

Hamburg will host a WTS sprint and the Mixed Relay World Championships, but Canadians won’t be able to compete due to federal travel restrictions. We’ve got the details here.

Ironman 70.3 Augusta “cannot take place” in 2020

In a release sent out today Ironman announced that Ironman 70.3 Augusta will return on September 26, 2021.

Ditto for Ironman 70.3 Atlantic City

According to the Ironman update page, that event will “return on September 12, 2021.”

Events in Europe “rescheduled” again to 2021

A number of races that had been rescheduled to this fall (or were originally scheduled for the fall) have now been moved to 2021. The Ironman events in Emilia-Romagna have been moved back only a week, though – delayed elections have forced the rescheduling of those races. Here’s a list from the Ironman update page.

  • Ironman 70.3 Alcudia-Mallorca “will return on May 8, 2021.”
  • Ironman 70.3 Barcelona “will return on its new race date of October 3, 2021.”
  • Ironman 70.3 Marbella “will return on April 25, 2021.”
  • Ironman Barcelona “originally scheduled for October 4 cannot take place in 2020 and will return on October 3, 2021.”
  • Ironman 70.3 Nice “originally scheduled for September 13 cannot take place in 2020 and will return on September 12, 2021.”
  • According to the Ironman update page: “When we postponed the IRONMAN France Nice triathlon from its original date of June 14 to October 11, 2020, we felt very confident we would still be able to deliver an exceptional event as planned. Unfortunately, due to reasons related to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, and further conversations with the local authorities, we regret to advise that IRONMAN France Nice cannot take place in 2020 and will return on June 13, 2021.”
  • Ironman 70.3 Weymouth returns in September, 2021
  • Ironman 70.3 Salalah cannot take place in 2020 – no word on a new date, just the ominous note: “We are currently working on offering you the best alternative opportunities to race and will provide an update to you as soon as possible.”
  • Ironman Austria Kaernten was moved from July 5 to September 20 – it will return on July 4, 2021
  • Ironman 70.3 Finland was moved from June 27 to September 5 – it returns on July 3, 2021
  • Ironman 70.3 Sardegna originally scheduled for October 25 returns on October 24, 2021
  • Ironman Italy Emilia-Romagna, Ironman 70.3 Italy Emilia-Romagna and 5150 Traithlon Series Cervia were all scheduled for Sept. 19 and 20 – due to postponed elections they’ve been moved back a week to Sept. 26 and 27.

Race news for August 10

Ironman St. George Triathlon “cannot take place in 2020”

In a release this evening, Ironman has announced that the Ironman North American Championship St. George that was postponed from May 2 to September 19 won’t be happening this year. St. George will continue to be a major host of the company’s events over the next few years, though:

“Our partnership with St. George remains strong and we are scheduled to hold six races from 2021-2025. These races will include the Ironman 70.3 World Championship in 2021, two Ironman North American Championships and three Ironman 70.3 North American Championships.”

World Triathlon cancels World Cup events

In a release last week, we learned that a number of World Cup events that had been scheduled for this fall won’t be taking place.

“The World Triathlon Executive Board has approved the cancellation of the 2020 Tiszaujvaros and Tongyeong World Cups and the Alanya Paratriathlon World Cup, due to the impact of the Covid 19 pandemic in these countries,” the release stated. “The Tiszaujvaros ETU European Cup and the Alanya ETU Youth European Championships Festival are also suspended.”

“After the unfortunate announcement of the cancellation of the Tartu ETU Triathlon European Championships, it is also confirmed that the ETU events in Targu Mures and Constanta will not go ahead either,” the release continued. “With the world being impacted by the pandemic, World Triathlon staff is working with organisers and national federations on the remaining events in the calendar. For the moment, World Triathlon Hamburg, Montreal and Bermuda are still scheduled to take place in September and October, while the Karlovy Vary, Arzachena and Miyazaki World Cups are planned for the same period. More announcements and information regarding other events in the calendar will come in the next weeks.”

World Triathlon still planning World Championships

U23 and junior athletes will have to head to Europe for their world championship races, according to that same release. Still no official word on the elite world championship site.

“As announced previously, the World Triathlon Executive Board voted in favour of holding the 2020 World Championships,” we learned in the release announcing the cancellation of a number of World Cup races. “The U23 and Junior events is planned to be held on the first weekend of November in Europe. The exact location and the detailed information are expected to be announced at the end of August.”

USA Triathlon cancels Paratriathlon National Championships

After postponing the USA Paratriathlon National Championships from July to September, the event has now been cancelled.

“USA Triathlon and race production company Smooth Running have announced that the Toyota USA Paratriathlon National Championships have been cancelled due to ongoing precautions surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic,” the organization stated in a release last week.

Race news for August 9

Flurry of Ironman events that “cannot take place in 2020” include events that won’t be back in 2021

Of course they would all come in when I was off for a few days. Here is the list of events that Ironman says “cannot take place in 2020”

Ironman 70.3 Memphis triathlon will debut on October 2, 2021

Ironman “cannot viably operate” the Ironman 70.3 Victoria tirathlon in 2021.

Ironman 70.3 North American Championship Des Moines triathlon will now debut on June 20, 2021.

Ironman 70.3 North Carolina triathlon “cannot take place in 2020 and will return on October 23, 2021.”

Ironman 70.3 Oceanside, that had been postponed to October 24, 2020, “will return on March 27, 2021.”

Ironman 70.3 SuperFrog and SuperSeal triathlons “cannot take place in 2020” and Ironman “cannot operate the events in 2021.”

Race news for August 5

Chinook Triathlon cancelled

We had reported on the Chinook Triathlon last month which was to take place at Lake Chestermere near Calgary, but have now learned that the event has been cancelled once again. According to race director Tom Bamford, the town has cancelled the event.

Race news for August 4

Herbalife24 Triathlon cancelled

Scheduled for October 25, the 2020 Herbalife24 Triathlon Los Angeles has been cancelled. Herbalife Nutrition plans to hold a 2021 event on May 16, 2021, according to the event website.

“We thank all the participants for their continued excitement and support for the event, but after careful consideration and concern for the health and safety of our athletes, staff, volunteers, and spectators, we have decided to cancel the 2020 event,” said Ibi Montesino, senior vice president and managing director for North America, Herbalife Nutrition. “We look forward to bringing the triathlon back to Los Angeles on May 16, 2021.”

Entered athletes will have the choice of a refund or defering their entry to the 2021 event.

Challenge-Family latest updates

Here’s the current list of Challenge-Family events that have been postponed or cancelled this year:

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 (2020) tbc 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
CHALLENGERICCIONE May 10, 2020 Cancelled (2020) May 9, 2021 More information
CHALLENGEBLED May 17, 2020 Postponed September 20, 2020 More information
CHALLENGELISBOA May 23, 2020 Postponed March 27, 2021 More information
CHALLENGEST.PÖLTEN May 24, 2020 Cancelled (2020) May, 2021 More information
THECHAMPIONSHIP May 31, 2020 Cancelled (2020) May 23, 2021 More information
CHALLENGEGERAARDSBERGEN  June 7, 2020 Cancelled (2020) June, 2021 More information
CHALLENGEHERNING  June 13, 2020 Cancelled (2020) June 12, 2021 More information
CHALLENGEHEILBRONN June 21, 2020 Cancelled More information
CHALLENGEKAISERWINKL-WALCHSEE June 28, 2020 Cancelled (2020) June 27, 2021 More information
CHALLENGEROTH July 5, 2020 Cancelled (2020) July 4, 2021 More information
CHALLENGETURKU August 2, 2020 Cancelled (2020) August 1, 2021 More information
CHALLENGEALMERE-AMSTERDAM September 12, 2020 Cancelled (2020) September 11, 2021 More information
CHALLENGEVIETNAM September 13, 2020 Postponed March 14, 2021 More information
CHALLENGEANHUI September 20, 2020 Cancelled (2020) September, 2021 More information
CHALLENGEPEGUERA-MALLORCA October 17, 2020 Cancelled (2020) October 16, 2021 More information
CHALLENGECAPE TOWN November 8, 2020 Cancelled (2020) November, 2021 More information

Events that remain on the calendar that aren’t on that list include:

  • Challenge Davos in Switzerland, which is set for August 29
  • Challenge Gunsan-Saemangeum in Korea, set for September 27
  • Challenge Budva-Montenegro on October 4
  • Challeng Iskandar Puteri in Malaysia in November
  • Challenge Florianopolis in Brazil on November 29
  • Challenge Daytona on December 5

Race news for July 30

Ironman events in Maryland cannot take place in 2020

After postponing the popular Eagleman event from June to September to coincide with Ironman Marlyand, Ironman has now announced that neither event can take place this year.

“When we postponed the Ironman 70.3 Eagleman triathlon from its original date of June 14 to coincide with the IRONMAN Maryland triathlon on September 19, 2020, we felt confident we would be able to deliver an exceptional combined event,” Ironman announced in a release last night. “Unfortunately, based on further conversations with and updated direction from local authorities in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic, and with the health and safety of our community being an utmost priority, the Ironman 70.3 Eagleman and Ironman Maryland triathlons cannot take place in 2020. We are working diligently to finalize 2021 race dates and will communicate updates as they become available. All registered athletes of the 2020 Ironman 70.3 Eagleman and Ironman Maryland triathlons will be receiving an email with further information.”

Challenge-Peguera Mallorca cancelled

Last year’s “best race” in the Challenge-Family series has been cancelled, but offers athletes either an entry to next year’s race with cancellation insurance or a full refund. We’ve got more details here.

Race news for July 29

Ironman 70.3 Coeur d’Alene “cannot take place” in 2020

We wrote about this race earlier today – the event won’t happen in 2020 and next year’s race in Idaho is scheduled to be a full-distance event.

Ironman 70.3 Western Sydney cancelled

Yes, you read that correctly. The Aussies don’t beat around the bush and use the word “cancelled” when an event that was supposed to happen in 2020 isn’t taking place. Here’s what appears on the Ironman update page:

Over recent months we have remained positive and worked towards delivering IRONMAN 70.3 Western Sydney on September 27, 2020 as planned.

As you may know, the current Public Health Order regarding Mass Gatherings in NSW has been extended to 29 September 2020 – meaning gatherings over 500 people cannot take place in NSW over our event weekend without an exemption. Unfortunately, and despite our best efforts, given the current situation in NSW an exemption has not been granted. As a result, we regret to advise that IRONMAN 70.3 Western Sydney cannot take place as planned on 27 September 2020.

Please know that we love IRONMAN 70.3 Western Sydney as much as you love racing in it and we share in the disappointment of this news.    

All currently registered athletes have been sent an email from us explaining their options, but if you haven’t received it or have questions about this process, please contact us at westernsydney@ironman.com.

While we are prevented from holding the event in 2020, we are already looking forward to coming back stronger in 2021.

Race news for July 22

Ironman 2020 world championship events “postponed”

We reported that they were cancelled … the update site  says they’re “postponed.” Bottom line is that the 2020 Ironman and Ironman 70.3 World Championships won’t be happening.

Ironman’s Hamburg events “rescheduled” to 2021

According to the Ironman update page:

When we postponed the Ironman Hamburg from its original date of June 21 to September 6, 2020, we felt very confident we would still be able to deliver an exceptional event at the later date. 

Unfortunately, due to reasons related to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and further conversations with the local authorities at the City of Hamburg, we regret to advise that IRONMAN Hamburg cannot take place in 2020 and will return on June 6, 2021.

We also learned from a release that the age group races for the WTS Hamburg event will not be happening this year, but plans still remain for the elite race on September 4/5, which would presumably include the Mixed Relay World Championship.

Ironman Malaysia and Ironman 70.3 Langkawi “rescheduled”

After many discussions with various stakeholders and authorities, we regret to confirm that IRONMAN Malaysia and IRONMAN 70.3 Langkawi will not take place in 2020 due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, and is now scheduled to take place from Saturday, October 30, 2021.

Race news for July 17

Ironman Wisconsin events cannot take place in 2020

According to a release sent out today, “Based on the recent mandate from the Public Health Madison and Dane in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Ironman Wisconsin and Ironman 70.3 Wisconsin triathlons scheduled for September 13 cannot take place in 2020 and will return on September 12, 2021.”

World Triathlon says it will hold world championships this year

After its executive board meeting yesterday, World Triathlon says that it will hold world championships for Elite, U23, Junior and Paratriathlon. No dates or venues yet. You can find more information here.

Zofingen cancelled

According to World Triathlon:

“The Executive Board analised the different circumstances and reports from National Federations and organizing committees regarding the COVID-19 outbreak, and decided to support the request from the Zofingen (SUI) organisers to cancel the event, due to take place on September 20. The event, one of the classics in the calendar, will return next year to the Siwss alpine landscape, with the 2021 Powerman Zofingen Duathlon Long Distance World Championships taking place on May 30.”

World Cups and Asian Cup events cancelled in Brazil and China

From that same board meeting we learned that:

The COVID-19 outbreak in Brasil has also forced the organisers of the 2020 Brasilia World Cup to cancel the event, initially planned for April but postponed in the early stages of the pandemic. Both the organisers and the National Federation have come to the conclusion that it will not be feasible to organize the race in Brasil this year, but will try to work on an alternative for 2021.
 
After the announcement of the Chinese government that all the international sport events in the country in 2020 will be cancelled, the Chinese Triathlon Federation has been forced to announce also the cancellation of all the international races in the next few months. That decision includes the Weihai Triathlon World Cup (12-13 September); Chengdu Triathlon World Cup (September 19-20); Wenzhou Multisport World Cup (October 17-18); Lianyungang Asian Cup (September 26); Dexing Asian Cup (October 10) and Shantou Asian Cup (October 31).

Race news for July 16

Ironman Chattanooga and 70.3 Chattanooga “cannot take place” in 2020

According to a release from Ironman:

Based on the recent mandate from the City of Chattanooga in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Little Debbie Ironman Chattanooga presented by McKee, A Family Bakery triathlon originally scheduled for September 27 cannot take place in 2020 and will return on September 26, 2021.
 
Additionally, the Sunbelt Bakery IRONMAN 70.3 Chattanooga presented by McKee, A Family Bakery triathlon rescheduled for August 23 cannot take place in 2020 and will return on May 23, 2021.

No Ironman 70.3 Santa Cruz this year, either

Originally scheduled for September 13, the event “cannot take place in 2020,” according to a release from Ironman.

Challenge Family series still has 13 races scheduled for 2020

We’ll have more on the Challenge Davos on the site shortly, but the latest Challenge schedule for 2020 begins with that race in August and still includes 13 events this year. Check out the Challenge Family race series calendar here.

Race news for July 13

No Challenge Almere-Amsterdam this year

We already knew that the world championships set to take place in Almere would be delayed by a year, but organizers had hoped to still be able to run an event. According to a statement from the organizers of the oldest triathlon event in Europe, though, Challenge Almere-Amsterdam “will not take place at all” in 2020. Here’s the full statement:

With pain in our hearts and a lump in our throats we have to inform you today of a very difficult decision we’ve just made: this year – 2020 – Challenge Almere-Amsterdam will not take place at all. It is a very diffuclt decision for us, but at the same time we realize that this is the only right decision we can make right now.

With all the corona measures still in place, it is impossible to guarantee the quality of our event in September. Unfortunately, there is still too much uncertainty about how larger events will be handled in the coming period. To clarify, Challenge Almere-Amsterdam has about 4000 participants, 700 volunteers and attracts an average of 30.000 supporters annually on an event terrain in the middle of a big city centre.

Why are we taking this decision now? It has an explanation as logical as it is simple: the assessment frameworks for an event like Challenge Almere-Amsterdam have been adjusted regularly in recent weeks and therefore there was always perspective. At the same time, that perspective remained unclear. That’s why we took the final decision today to not organize our event. At this moment it is still very uncertain for us if we would get a permit and we don’t want to leave you – our athletes for whom we are organizing this event – in uncertainty anymore. A longer delay is unfortunately not an option: the preparation time for our event will be too short, so we will no longer be able to guarantee the quality of our event.

All athletes will receive a personal email today with information about refunds.

For now, all that remains for us to say is: this decision is hard for us, but we understand that it’s an equally big disappointment for you. We promise you one thing: next year we will come back and host another great event. Then we will organize the ITU Multisport World Championships and with it the 40th edition of this great event. We can’t wait!

Team Challenge Almere-Amsterdam

Challenge Cape Town postponed to 2021

Scheduled for November 8, organizers have called off this year’s Challenge Cape Town event “amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.” You can find out more details here.

Ironman 70.3 Sao Paulo “postponed”

It comes as no surprise that based on the current pandemic situation in Brazil the event scheduled for September 6 in Brazil’s financial centre (population of over 12 million) won’t be taking place in 2020. Here’s the announcement posted on the Ironman.com update page:

With the health and safety of our community being an utmost priority, and based on the direction and recommendations of public health agencies, local authorities and the Mayor of São Paulo, Bruno Covas in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic, the IRONMAN 70.3 São Paulo triathlon, originally scheduled for September 6, cannot take place in 2020.

Race news for July 6

Ironman Louisville will not take place this year and won’t return in 2021

Ironman racing appears to be done in Louisville. According to a release just sent out by Ironman:

With the health and safety of our community being an utmost priority, and based on the direction and recommendations of public health agencies and local authorities in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic, the IRONMAN Louisville presented by Norton Sports Health triathlon, originally scheduled for October 11 cannot take place in 2020 and will not return in 2021. IRONMAN officials are working to determine options for possible future IRONMAN and IRONMAN 70.3 event locations in Kentucky.

Ironman 70.3 Astana “rescheduled” to 2021

According to the Ironman update page, the race “originally scheduled for August 23 cannot take place in 2020 and will return on August 15, 2021.”

Ironman 70.3 Kazakhstan “rescheduled” to 2021, too

Kazakhstan will have to wait a year to host its inaugural Ironman race – the event was to take place on August 23 this year, but “cannot take place in 2020 and will now debut on August 15, 2021.”

Race news for July 3

Ironman 70.3 Muncie “postponed”

This is late notice … from a release sent out by Ironman last night:

For the past few weeks our team has continued to work with respective local authorities and public health officials in preparing for 2020 IRONMAN 70.3 Muncie triathlon on July 11 and felt confident we would be able to deliver an exceptional and safe event for all.
 
However, with the health and safety of our community being an utmost priority, and based on the recent mandates from the State of Indiana and Delaware County Health Department in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic, we regret to inform you that the 2020 IRONMAN 70.3 Muncie triathlon cannot take place. Athletes that are registered for the race will receive an email with further details. In what has been a continually evolving and challenging time globally, we recognize that the change at this late juncture will come as a disappointment but look forward to providing athletes with an exceptional race experience in the future.

There’s no update on a future date at this point.

Ironman 70.3 Duisburg postponed to October 4

The race in Germany has been moved from August 23 to October 4, 2020.

Ironman 70.3 Philippines “rescheduled” to 2021

Originally set for August 9, the event “cannot take place in 2020 and will return on August 1, 2021,” according to the Ironman update page.

Really want to race in August? Head to Switzerland!

Challenge Davos in Switzerland “will take place as planned on August 29,” according to a release from Challenge Family. There are more details about the event here.

Race news for June 29

Ironman Vitoria-Gasteiz postponed to October

Who knows if it can actually happen – but according to the Ironman update page:

With the health and safety of our community being an utmost priority, and in alignment with the Government of Spain in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic, the IRONMAN Vitoria-Gasteiz triathlon originally scheduled for July 12, 2020 has been postponed to October 11, 2020.

That’s the same date as the rescheduled Ironman Nice …

Ironman 70.3 Ecuador “postponed”

“The IRONMAN 70.3 Ecuador triathlon scheduled for July 12, 2020 cannot take place as planned,” the update reads. “We are working diligently on all potential options and further event updates will be communicated as soon as possible.”

Challenge Ahnui cancelled

The event in China scheduled for September 20 won’t be happening this year, according to the Challenge-Family update page.

Challenge Women Virtual Run

This weekend would have been the highly anticipated Challenge Roth event with stacked men’s and women’s fields. That race isn’t happening, but there is a virtual version of the popular Women’s Run that’s typically held on the Saturday before the race. You can find out more information about that event here.

Race news for June 26

WTS Montreal now scheduled for October 3-4

We reported on this news from World Triathlon here. A World Paratriathlon event is also scheduled for the same weekend.

Ironman 70.3 Lake Placid “postponed”

Another popular race for Canadians won’t be happening in 2020, according to the Ironman update page:

Based on the mandate from the Village of Lake Placid and Township of North Elba in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic, the IRONMAN 70.3 Lake Placid triathlon originally scheduled for September 13 cannot take place in 2020.

Ironman 70.3 Ohio “rescheduled”

… to 2021. Yeah, we can’t figure it out, either.

Based on the mandate from the City of Delaware, Ohio in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic, the IRONMAN 70.3 Ohio triathlon, originally scheduled for July 26 cannot take place in 2020 and will return on July 25, 2021.

70.3 Maine and Traverse City “postponed”

Neither event can take place in 2020, according to Ironman.

Based on the mandate from the Governor of Maine in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic, the IRONMAN 70.3 Maine triathlon, originally scheduled for August 30 cannot take place in 2020 and will return on August 29, 2021.

Based on the mandate from the Traverse City Tourism and the City of Traverse City in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic, the IRONMAN 70.3 Traverse City triathlon, originally scheduled for August 30 cannot take place in 2020.

 

Race news for June 25

Ironman European Championship Frankfurt “rescheduled” to 2021

It’s been slated as a possibility for “late September” for a while, but that’s no longer the case. According to the Ironman update page, Frankfurt won’t be hosting the event in 2020:

We appreciate your continued patience since our last update regarding the 2020 Mainova IRONMAN European Championship Frankfurt triathlon. Over the past weeks we have worked tirelessly with the City of Frankfurt and stakeholders to secure a new race date for the 2020 event.After assessing all event scenarios and in alignment with the City of Frankfurt in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic, we regret to inform you that the Mainova IRONMAN European Championship Frankfurt cannot take place in 2020. The event will return on June 27, 2021.

Ironman 70.3 Lubbock “postponed”

We reported on this earlier today – thanks to another outbreak of COVID-19 in Texas the event has been “postponed.”

Ironman 70.3 Boulder “can’t take place in 2020”

Pros were hopeful this race would happen as it was the first pro race on the Ironman North America schedule – unfortunately it’s been “postponed” as well.

Based on the mandate from Boulder County in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 IRONMAN 70.3 Boulder triathlon, originally scheduled for August 1 cannot take place in 2020. We are working diligently on all potential options and further event updates will be communicated as soon as possible.

Ironman Slovenian Istria “postponed”

Another race that won’t be taking place in 2020, according to the Ironman update page … but, once again, it’s not cancelled for 2020, just postponed.

With the health and safety of our community being an utmost priority, and in alignment with the regional authorities of Slovenian Istria in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic, we can confirm that the 2020 I FEEL SLOVENIA IRONMAN 70.3 Slovenian Istria triathlon originally scheduled for September 6 cannot take place in 2020.

Challenge Davos a go

According to a release this morning from Challenge Family, the Swiss event is set to go at the end of August:

This week CHALLENGEDAVOS received green light from the authorities to organise their event on August 29th this year! This means the event will be the first European race of the year. 

Davos is situated in the heart of the Swiss canton Graubünden and is the highest town in Europe. The swim takes place in a beautiful crystal clear lake and the bike course leads you through the mountains and over the famous Fluëlapass. 

Challenge Kaiserwinkl-Walchsee introduces Solo Challenge

In the same release we learned that athletes will be able to complete Challenge Kaiserwinkl-Walchsee on their own this summer:

Unfortunately, the 11th edition of CHALLENGEKAISERWINKL-WALCHSEE 2020, with the ETU European Championship on June 28th, had to be cancelled. But unusual times require unusual solutions. Therefore, from June 28, 2020 to September 6, 2020, every athlete has the opportunity to take part in his individual Solo CHALLENGEKAISERWINKL-WALCHSEE. 

The swim-, bike- and run course are prepared and the finish gantry is in its place, so the only thing you have to do is race! All athletes can get their personal starter package at the Kaiserwinkl information office! The package includes, among others: a bib number, swim cap and backpack.

Race news for June 19

Ironman Mont-Tremblant officially “rescheduled” to 2021

We reported today on the news that there won’t be a full-distance race in Mont-Tremblant this year – we’d reported the news almost two months ago, but Ironman made the official announcement today.

Ironman Lake Placid rescheduled to August 30

The oldest Ironman race on mainland USA has tentatively been rescheduled to August 30. More details here.

Ironman 70.3 Ohio “rescheduled”

Here’s the official word from the Ironman update page on Ironman 70.3 Ohio: Based on the mandate from the City of Delaware, Ohio in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic, the IRONMAN 70.3 Ohio triathlon, originally scheduled for July 26 cannot take place in 2020 and will return on July 25, 2021.

Ironman 70.3 Gdynia postponed

According to the Ironman update page “the Enea IRONMAN 70.3 Gdynia triathlon originally scheduled for August 2, 2020 has been postponed to September 6, 2020. Side events will take place on September 5, 2020.”

Challenge Vietnam “postponed” to 2021

Challenge Vietnam, originally scheduled for September 13 is now scheduled for March 14, 2021.

Race news for June 12

Ironman and 70.3 Santa Rosa scheduled for October 17

According to a release from Ironman we’ll see both the full- and half-distance races in Santa Rosa taking place on the same day in October.

“After assessing all event scenarios, and to best meet the needs of our athletes and the Santa Rosa community, the 2020 IRONMAN Santa Rosa and IRONMAN 70.3 Santa Rosa triathlons are now scheduled to take place together on October 17, 2020.”

2020 Legacy Triathlon, Long Beach PATCO canceled

According to Endurance Sportswire, USA Triathlon has “announced that the 2020 Legacy Triathlon, Open Water Swim Competition and Long Beach PATCO Sprint Triathlon American Cup, all initially scheduled for July 17-19 in Long Beach, California, have been canceled due to current local government guidelines surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition, the Toyota USA Paratriathlon National Championships, which were scheduled for July 18 as part of the same event weekend, will move to a new date and location later in 2020.”

Challenge Bled to host European Championships

Challenge Kaiserwinkl-Walchsee was supposed to host this year’s ETU European Championships, but that race was cancelled due to the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic. Today we learned that the inaugural Challenge Bled event in Slovenia will now “host the 2020 ETU Middle Distance Triathlon European Championships, ETU Aquathlon European Championships and ETU Aquabike European Championships,” on the weekend of September 18 to 20.

Race news for June 11

Xterra World Championship and Tour Point Series cancelled

In a release today Xterra announced that the world championship in Maui and the Xterra Trail Run World Championship half-marathon have been cancelled. Read more here.

The current Xterra schedule has only nine races still listed as “as scheduled,” including Xterra Tremblant with is slated for August 29. You can find the latest race update here.

Ironman 70.3 Ohio will return in 2021

According to a release from Ironman earlier today, “Based on the mandate from the City of Delaware, Ohio in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic, the IRONMAN 70.3 Ohio triathlon, originally scheduled for July 26 cannot take place in 2020 and will return on July 25, 2021.”

Ditto for Ironman 70.3 Musselman …

Yesterday Ironman announced that the inaugural Ironman 70.3 Musselman (it has run as an independent race for 16 years) will have to wait a year:

We appreciate the continued patience and understanding of our athletes while we have worked diligently with various host city partners to determine potential options for the 2020 IRONMAN 70.3 Musselman triathlon originally scheduled for July 19. After assessing all event scenarios, it has been determined that the IRONMAN 70.3 Musselman triathlon cannot take place in 2020 and will return on July 11, 2021.

Race news for June 9

Ironman Wales “rescheduled” to 2021

Another race that’s not cancelled – just won’t be happening until next year – here’s the latest on Ironman Wales from the Ironman.com update page:

With the health and safety of our community being an utmost priority, and in alignment with Pembrokeshire County Council in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic, we can confirm that the IRONMAN Wales triathlon originally scheduled for September 6 cannot take place in 2020 and will return on September 12, 2021.

Ironman Nice postponed to October 11

We knew we weren’t going to be in Kona that weekend, so Nice sounds nice. (Sorry, couldn’t resist …)

With the health and safety of our community being an utmost priority, and in alignment with the City of Nice in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic, we can confirm that the 2020 IRONMAN France Nice triathlon, originally scheduled for June 14 has been postponed to October 11, 2020.

Xterra update

There are a lot more cancelled races on the Xterra schedule, including Canmore and Sleeping Giant (Thunder Bay), but surprisingly Mont-Tremblant at the end of August remains on the schedule. Here’s the latest update from the Xterra website’s update page:

13-Jun XTERRA Belgium Namur CANCELLED – click for info
13-Jun XTERRA Cameron Park Waco, TX Postponed – click for info
13-Jun XTERRA Lory Bellvue, CO CANCELLED – click for info
14-Jun XTERRA Bromont Bromont, QC, Canada CANCELLED – click for info
27-Jun XTERRA Switzerland Vallee de Joux CANCELLED – click for info
5-Jul XTERRA France Xonrupt CANCELLED – click for info
5-Jul XTERRA Victoria Victoria, BC, Canada CANCELLED – click for info
11-Jul XTERRA Magnolia Hill Navasota, TX As Scheduled
12-Jul XTERRA EX2 Flintstone, MD CANCELLED – click for info
12-Jul XTERRA Quebec Quebec City, QC, Canada CANCELLED – click for info
12-Jul XTERRA Czech Prachatice Postponed – click for info
18-Jul XTERRA Beaver Creek Beaver Creek, CO, USA As Scheduled
19-Jul XTERRA Italy – Lake Scanno Scanno, Italy CANCELLED – click for info
25-Jul XTERRA DINO Northern Indiana North Liberty, IN As Scheduled
25-Jul XTERRA Conquer the Crater Sudbury, ON, Canada As Scheduled
1-Aug XTERRA Mexico Tapalpa As Scheduled
1-Aug XTERRA Indian Peaks Nederland, CO As Scheduled
8-Aug XTERRA Portland Portland, OR CANCELLED – click for info
9-Aug XTERRA Luxembourg Rosport CANCELLED – click for info
15-Aug XTERRA European Championship Zittau, Germany CANCELLED – click for info
15-Aug XTERRA Lake Tahoe Incline Village, NV As Scheduled
16-Aug XTERRA Canmore Canmore, AB, Canada CANCELLED – click for info
16-Aug XTERRA Hawaii Island Kawaihae, HI CANCELLED – click for info
22-Aug XTERRA Sleeping Giant Thunder Bay, ON, Canada CANCELLED – click for info
29-Aug XTERRA Nouvelle-Aquitaine Espiet, France As Scheduled
29-Aug XTERRA Tremblant Mont-Tremblant, QC, Canada As Scheduled
30-Aug XTERRA Kunming Kunming, China CANCELLED – click for info
6-Sep XTERRA Dominican Republic Samana New Date
13-Sep XTERRA Korea Wonju City As Scheduled
13-Sep XTERRA Laguna Beach Laguna Beach, CA As Scheduled
19-Sep XTERRA Netherlands Ameland Island As Scheduled
19-Sep XTERRA USA Championship Ogden, UT, USA As Scheduled
20-Sep XTERRA Japan Marunuma CANCELLED – click for info
7-Nov XTERRA Kapalua Trail Run Kapalua, HI, USA As Scheduled
8-Nov XTERRA World Championship Kapalua, HI, USA As Scheduled
6-Dec XTERRA Trail Running World Championships Kaaawa, HI, USA As Scheduled

Race news for June 4

Multisport Triathlon Series cancelled for 2020

Here’s part of a letter sent out to participants of Ontario’s Multisport Triathlon Series today:

The Road Forward to 2021

We are writing to you today to announce the cancellation of the remaining events in the MultiSport Canada Triathlon Series.

This has been an awful decision for us to make, but we know it is the right choice as our top priority has been to bring you a Fun and Safe race experience.

One thing is certain: we will back with you in 2021, stronger and keener than ever before.

Why Now?

Originally, we had planned to communicate with you on a race by race basis, but we felt it was not responsible to wait any longer.  Nor are we willing to bet on the fact that our situation will change sufficiently to be able to look you in the eye on race day, certain that you are safe at our event.

Could an Event Happen?

We have been tackling this very question for the past few months. We’ve done the math and we could create events with: reduced race capacities; expanded race sites; enhanced hygiene protocols; spread-out starts; no awards; no food; no handshakes at the finish; and absolutely no close contact with any of your friends or fellow athletes.  Stakeholder permit approvals for any large events are far from certain right now but we felt we needed to explore all options.

For many of you, even this muted experience would be acceptable, if only to race again. We salute that ‘never-say-die’ attitude but we are also responsible for you – all of you. We strive for a zero margin for error and this is more than your health and our reputation are worth. If just one of us is not safe, no one is safe.

So, even if hosting one event might have been possible, we are not going risk the trust you have placed in MSC over the past nineteen years for the benefit of the one or two races with higher risk.

Ironman Kalmar “rescheduled” to 2021

According to the Ironman update page: With the health and safety of our community being an utmost priority, and based on the directive by the Swedish Government in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic, we can confirm that the IRONMAN Kalmar triathlon originally scheduled for August 15 cannot take place in 2020 and will return on August 21, 2021.

Race news for June 2

USA Triathlon Reschedules Collegiate Club and High School, Duathlon National Championships

According to a report posted on Endurance Newswire USA Triathlon has rescheduled a number of national championships to October 16 to 17 in Lake Havasu City, Arizona.

Race news for June 1

Ironman Portugal-Cascais postponed

It will be interesting to see if a month and a half will do the trick for these events – the inaugural full-distance event has been moved from September 26 to November 7, while the 70.3 event scheduled for September 27 has been moved to November 8, 2020.

Ironman 70.3 Ecuador postponed

Chalk up another event that “cannot take place as planned” according to the Ironman.com update page. No new date has been announced for the event that was scheduled for July 12, 2020.

Race news for May 29

Almere Multisport World Championship cancelled for 2020

World Triathlon has announced that the Almere Multisport World Championship will be moved to 2021, with the races in Townsville and Ibiza each moving a year later. Here’s a more detailed report.

Ironman announces Return to Racing Guidelines

With Ironman 70.3 Lubbock still on for the end of next month, Ironman released its “Return to Racing Guidelines” today.

Challenge Championship age group race cancelled for 2020

The event in Samorin, Slovakia originally scheduled for this weekend was postponed to August – today we learned that the age group part of that race won’t happen this year, according to a release sent out by Challenge-Family today:

The Championship 2020 Age group race has been cancelled: registrations and qualifications move on to next year

 The postponement of Challenge Family The Championship to August 16th, as communicated a few weeks ago, was based on hope for better times. Although the situation is improving, at this point of time it turns out to be impossible to host a big event with many participants and today the organisers had had to make the final call that this iconic race cannot take place for age groupers this year. Athletes, who are already qualified or registered, will get the opportunity to take part in next year’s edition of The Championship, without extra costs or qualifications.
 
“The postponement to August 16th was already a very difficult decision for us and to defer it to next year is an even more difficult call,” said Challenge Family CEO Jort Vlam. “But with all the restrictions still being taken around the world to get a grip on the COVID-19 virus, especially all the travel restrictions, unfortunately it is really not possible to organise a race for thousands of enthusiastic Age Groupers who would come to Šamorín, Slovakia from a few dozen countries.”  
 
Challenge Family and X-Bionic Sphere are still considering the possibility of organising a pro-only race. “As this won’t be a mass-participation event this might be an option to offer at least something to the professionals of our sport, who are now also struggling without races,” says Vlam. “But this is depending on technical and safety regulations in and around the venue. We will explore the options in the upcoming weeks and decide latest before July 1st.”
 
‘Hope to see you next year’
“We can’t wait to have you back in Šamorín next year and we hope to see the very most of you all racing at the iconic X-Bionic Sphere then. To make this as easy as possible for all those athletes, we will send mails to all the registered and qualified athletes with all the possibilities we offer them,” says Race Director Melisa Kubalková. “For now we wish you all the best and lots of health. Stay strong, stay positive and see you soon!”

Viborg Powerman Middle Distance Duathlon World Championships moved to 2021

There was more news from World Triathlon today around world-championship postponments – this for the middle-distance duathlon worlds:

Due to the continued situation with the COVID-19 outbreak, the local organizer committee of the 2020 Viborg ITU Powerman MD Duathlon World Championships has been forced to move the event to autumn 2021. The new date will be announced as soon as possible.
 
“This has not been an easy decision and we know this announcement will upset the athletes’ plans”, said the organization. “We are aiming for a world-class event, with participants from all over the world. We, therefore, have to take into consideration that some athletes might not be able or allowed to travel to Denmark in October 2020, furthermore we acknowledge that many international athletes don’t feel safe travelling in these times. We are still looking into an autumn scenario for the World Championships in Viborg next year”, they explained.

Multisport World Cup in Wenzhou

World Triathlon also announced the dates for the second running of the Wenzhou Multisport World Cup – October 17-18, 2020. The Multisport World Cup format features a long-distance triathlon and a duathlon.

The Long Distance Triathlon race in Wenzhou will see a 2km ocean swim in the East China Sea followed by 80km bike and 20km run through the lush, green island of Dongtou. The Duathlon race will be a 5km run, 30km bike and another 5km run.

Race news for May 27

Ironman 70.3 Cartagena postponed

This is a long way out – the event in Columbia scheduled for December 6 “cannot take place as planned.” No news on a new date.

Race news for May 26

Canaqua open water and Mudskipper SwimRun events cancelled

Yesterday we reported that the Canaqua Open Water Swim Series and Mudskipper SwimRun races are cancelled for 2020.

Ironman 70.3 St. Petersburg “rescheduled”

Ironman’s first race in Russia will have to wait a year.

According to the Ironman update page: “With the health and safety of our community being an utmost priority, and in alignment with the City of St. Petersburg in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic, we can confirm that the inaugural IRONMAN 70.3 St. Petersburg triathlon originally scheduled for July 19 cannot take place in 2020 and will now debut on August 01, 2021.”

Race news for May 21

Barrelman Triathlon cancelled

We reported earlier today that the Barrelman Triathlon set in the Niagara region won’t be happening this year.

Ironman Lake Placid postponed

Scheduled for July 26, 2020, the Ironman update page reports that: “With the health and safety of our community being an utmost priority, and based on the direction and recommendations of public health agencies and local authorities in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic, the ViewSPORT IRONMAN Lake Placid triathlon scheduled for July 26, 2020 cannot take place as planned.” No info on a new date or whether or not the event will be “rescheduled” to next year.

Ironman 70.3 Musselman

This long-standing event set in New York’s Finger Lakes district was to debut as an Ironman race this year – that will likely have to hold off for a year.

With the health and safety of our community being an utmost priority, and based on the direction and recommendations of public health agencies and local authorities in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic, the IRONMAN 70.3 Musselman triathlon scheduled for July 19, 2020 cannot take place as planned. We are working diligently on all potential options and further event updates will be communicated as soon as possible.

Triathlon Ontario provides update with postponed and cancelled races:

In a newsletter distributed today, Triathlon Ontario provided the following update:

Postponed Races until 2021

  • County KOS
  • Christie’s Lake Triathlon
  • TriMuskokan
  • Barrie Triathlon & Duathlon
  • Woodstock KOS
  • London Kids Triathlon
  • Timmins Heart of Gold
  • Subaru Milton
  • Kincardine Women’s Triathlon
  • North Bay Triathlon
  • Adventure Bay
  • Tecumseh Triathlon
  • Orillia KOS
  • KITCan Kids in Triathlon Series – Mississauga
  • Toronto Triathlon Festival

Postponed Races until later in 2020

  • Indoor Triathlon Provincial Championship Series Finale – Postponed until the fall
  • C3 20th Annual Benson/Steel Royal Containers Triathlon – Postponed to July 4

Postponed Events & Clinics

  • Ultimate Age Group Swim Clinic – Postponed until the fall
  • Ottawa NCCP Coaching Courses – Postponed until the fall

5150 Bohol “Rescheduled”

The standard-distance race in the Philippines won’t be happening this year, according to Ironman.

With the health and safety of our community being an utmost priority, and in alignment with the Arthur C. Yap, Governor, Province of Bohol and Leonila P. Montero, Mayor, Municipality of Panglao in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Sun Life 5150 Bohol triathlon, originally scheduled for July 12 cannot take place in 2020 and will return on July 11, 2021.

Race news for May 20

Ironman 70.3 Panama postponed

With all the talk about the Lance Armstrong documentary that will be shown this weekend, it seems a bit ironic that the race where he started his brief comeback to triathlon racing in 2012, Ironman 70.3 Panama, has just been postponed. (In case you were wondering, Armstrong came second – you can watch my post-race interview with Armstrong here.)

“Based on the mandate from the Government of Panama in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic, the IRONMAN 70.3 Panama triathlon scheduled for August 23, 2020 cannot take place as planned,” we learned from the Ironman.com update page.

Ironman 70.3 Goseong “rescheduled” to 2021

The second running of the event in Korea will not be taking place this year. With the health and safety of our community being an utmost priority, and in alignment with the Goseong-gun in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic, the IRONMAN 70.3 Goseong triathlon, originally scheduled for June 21 cannot take place in 2020 and will return on May 30, 2021.

Challenge Turku cancelled

Scheduled for August 2, 2020, the event in Finland has been cancelled for this year and will return on August 1, 2021.

Race news for May 19

Super League Ottawa “postponed” until 2021

According to the event website, “Super League remains committed to providing a safe environment for all athletes, spectators, volunteers and staff and have made the decision to postpone the race scheduled for July 4-5 in light of the continued issues surrounding COVID-19. We are working with all stakeholders to finalise a new date in 2021 and look forward to welcoming athletes and spectators to Ottawa for a brilliant two days of Super League action once it is safe to do so.”

Roth to host European Championship in 2021

Challenge Roth will serve as both the German and European long-distance championship in 2021. Read our update here.

Race news for May 15

Ironman Canada Penticton “cannot take place in 2020.”

It’s finally official – Ironman’s return to Penticton will have to wait a year.

Ironman 70.3 Victoria “rescheduled” to 2021

According to the Ironman.com update page:

Based on the updated mandate from the Province of British Columbia in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic, and after assessing all event scenarios, the IRONMAN 70.3 Victoria triathlon rescheduled for August 9 cannot take place in 2020 and will return on May 30, 2021.

Ironman 70.3 Calgary “tentatively” scheduled for September

As you are aware, IRONMAN 70.3 Calgary cannot take place as originally planned for July 26, 2020, however, we are now able to share a new tentative race date scheduled for the first weekend of September 2020. As further event details are finalized with our various host city partners and authorities, we will share those with you.

World Triathlon reschedules two World Cup races

According to a release from World Triathlon after yesterday’s board meeting, there will be at least three events scheduled for September now.

“The Board approved new dates for two World Cups that were previously postponed due to the COVID-19 outbreak, with Karlovy Vary World Cup now taking place on September 12-13, 2020 and Chengdu World Cup the following week, on September 19-20, 2020. This events will now be included in the World Triathlon calendar, as well as the WTS Hamburg and Mixed Relay World Championships, announced this week to take place on September 4-5, 2020. These events will not be included in the Olympic qualification rankings. These events will not count for the Olympic qualification rankings or the World Triathlon rankings.”

5i50 Triathlon Series Warsaw “postponed” to 2021

With the health and safety of our community being an utmost priority, and based on the directive by the Government of Poland in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic, we can confirm that the 5150 Warsaw triathlon originally scheduled for June 14 cannot take place in 2020 and will return on June 13, 2021.

Race news for May 14

Ironman moves Kona to February, postpones 70.3 worlds

In a release sent out today Ironman announced that the Ironman World Championship has been rescheduled to February 6, 2021 and that the Ironman 70.3 World Championship will be postponed, but no new dates have been announced for that event. We’ve got the details here.

Ironman 70.3 Graz “rescheduled” to 2021

Add another event to the list of races that won’t be happening in 2020, but isn’t “cancelled” – Ironman 70.3 Graz in Austria “will return on the preliminary date of May 23, 2021,” according to the Ironman update page.

Ditto for Jönköping 70.3 – the European TriClub Championship

The Ironman 70.3 Jönköping European TriClub Championship triathlon originally scheduled for July 05 cannot take place in 2020 and will return on July 11, 2021.

Race news for May 13

Ironman and WTS Hamburg moved to same weekend in September

Well, we didn’t see this one coming! As we reported here, Ironman Hamburg, WTS Hamburg and the ITU Mixed Relay World Championship will all take place on September 5 and 6.

Race news for May 12

Ironman 70.3 Steelhead “will return” in 2021

Another “rescheduled” race that won’t be happening in 2020 – Ironman 70.3 Steelhead, a popular event for Canadians, will be back on June 27, 2021.

Ironman 70.3 Eagleman rescheduled to September alongside Ironman Maryland

Add another event to the busy September schedule!

After assessing all event scenarios, and to best meet the needs of our athletes and the Cambridge community, we are pleased to share the 2020 IRONMAN 70.3 Eagleman triathlon is now scheduled to take place on September 19, 2020 and will be held in conjunction with the 2020 Select Blinds IRONMAN Maryland triathlon.

Ironman Finland Kuopio-Tahko “rescheduled” to 2021

According to the Ironman update page the “world’s northern-most Ironman race” won’t be taking place this year.

With the health and safety of our community being an utmost priority, and in alignment with the Finnish Government in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic, we can confirm that the Ironman Finland Kuopio-Tahko triathlon originally scheduled for August 8 cannot take place in 2020 and will return on August 14, 2021. 

Updates on Challenge Family events

There are a number of cancelled and postponed events now listed on the Challenge-Family’s “changes” page:

Race Original date Status New date Details
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
CHALLENGERICCIONE May 10, 2020 Cancelled More information
CHALLENGEBLED May 17, 2020 Postponed September 20, 2020 More information
CHALLENGELISBOA May 23, 2020 Postponed September 12, 2020 More information
CHALLENGEST.PÖLTEN May 24, 2020 Cancelled More information
THECHAMPIONSHIP May 31, 2020 Postponed August 16, 2020 More information
CHALLENGEGERAARDSBERGEN  June 7, 2020 Cancelled More information
CHALLENGEHERNING  June 13, 2020 Cancelled More information
CHALLENGEHEILBRONN June 21, 2020 Cancelled More information
CHALLENGEKAISERWINKL-WALCHSEE June 28, 2020 Cancelled More information
CHALLENGEROTH July 5, 2020 Cancelled More information
CHALLENGEVIETNAM September 13, 2020 Postponed March 14, 2021 More information

Another Canadian Xterra event cancelled leaving Sudbury, Tremblant and Thunder Bay

You can get the full update on Xterra races around the world here. Some updates – the event in Victoria has finally been cancelled for this year (which comes as no surprise based on the top news item from May 8 below), but a couple of Ontario events –  Xterra Conquer the Crater in Sudbury and Xterra Sleeping Giant in Thunder Bay – remain “as scheduled” as does Xterra Tremblant. With Ontario only talking about moving into Phase 1 of opening things up in a couple of days and Tremblant having announced that no events would be happening this summer, it’s not certain that these events will be able to happen this year.

Race news for May 8, 2020

Ironman Canada Penticton even less likely to happen in 2020

We reported yesterday that based on British Columbia’s latest plans to return to “a new normal” events with more than 50 people wouldn’t be happening until a vaccine or treatment for COVID-19 is found, or there is sufficient community immunity.

A second reschedule date for Ironman Brazil

This is exactly what Ironman was hoping to avoid – announcing a new date and then having to announce a second new date. According to the Ironman update page:

After careful consideration with our local partners and authorities as we continue to monitor restrictions and recommendations related to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 Itaú Ironman Brazil triathlon, has been further postponed from August 16 to November 8, 2020.

… And also for Ironman 70.3 Florianopolis

The Ironman 70.3 Florianόpolis triathlon, has been further postponed from July 12 to September 27, 2020.

World Triathlon “opens bids” for 2021 events

According to a release distributed today:

“The World Triathlon Executive Board, which met via teleconference, approved the commencement of the bidding process for the 2021 World Triathlon Series, World Cup and Paratriathlon events. The 2021 series will include events which award points scoring toward Olympic and Paralympic qualification rankings, and will once again showcase iconic cities across the globe giving all athletes the best possible scenarios in which to perform.”

Ironman 70.3 Maceiό Alagoas cancelled

Ironman 70.3 Maceiό Alagoas triathlon, originally scheduled for August 2 cannot take place in 2020 and will return in August 2021.

Ironman 70.3 Des Moines rescheduled

At least it’s not scheduled for September … the 2020 Ironman 70.3 Des Moines triathlon is now slated to take place on October 4, 2020.

Ironman and Ironman 70.3 Vichy “rescheduled” to 2021

The Ironman 70.3 Vichy triathlon originally scheduled for August 22 cannot take place in 2020 and will return on August 21, 2021. 

The Ironman Vichy triathlon originally scheduled for August 23 cannot take place in 2020 and will return on August 22, 2021.

5150 Ekurhuleni, Bela Bela and Nelson Mandela Bay “rescheduled” to 2021

South Africa’s 5150 Ekurhuleni triathlon, originally scheduled for October 18 cannot take place in 2020 and will return on October 24, 2021.

The 5150 Nelson Mandela Bay triathlon originally scheduled for November 22 cannot take place in 2020 and will return on November 21, 2021.

The 5150 Bela-Bela triathlon originally scheduled for August 15 cannot take place in 2020 and will return on August 21, 2021.

Ironman Vitoria-Gasteiz postponed

Originally scheduled for July 12, 2020, Ironman has announced this race will be postponed, but no new date has been announced.

Ironman 70.3 Japan and 5i50 Triathlon Series Japan postponed

The June events in Japan have been postponed but no new dates have been announced.

Race news for May 4, 2020

Multisport Canada cancels three series events

We previously reported on the series’ plans for providing updates on races on specific “decision dates.” The first of those was May 1 and three events have been cancelled.

We hope you are keeping well and safe. As promised in our previous communications, we are following up regarding the Gravenhurst, Welland and Kingston race weekends. Given the current situation with the COVID-19 pandemic and circumstances beyond our control, we had to make the difficult decision to officially cancel these events for 2020. We are deeply disappointed, as we were very much looking forward to seeing everyone.

You can find more information here.

Subaru Triathlon Series update

The Subaru Triathlon Series, another large event series in Ontario, has cancelled its Milton race and postponed the Guelph Lake 1 race to August 15/16. The Orillia and Guelph Lake 2 events are also cancelled for 2020, according to the event’s website.

Platinum racing postpones events to September and October

Race organizers Platinum events, which puts on a number of events including Ironman 70.3 Calgary and the Great White North Triathlon, has posted the following message on its website:

Platinum Racing’s top priority is the health and safety of staff, volunteers and athletes.   Despite these troubling times, our team is still working hard to stage races for you in 2020.

Since November, 2019, we have solicited registration income totaling 35% of our typical budget.  We have spent the entirety of those funds on overhead, salaries, advertising and deposits, all in anticipation of a successful 2020 season.   At this time, our plan is as follows:

  1. Events will be postponed to September and October.  We are working on re-booking our venues and will communicate dates as soon as possible.
  2. We encourage you to participate in our series of SOLO CHALLENGES over your favorite race course to stay sharp until we race again.  Our digital leader board will offer a benchmarks for community engagement.
  3. If we are forced to limit gatherings to 250 people, we’ll cap the field or stage the event weekend in waves.

Event insurance isn’t available to organizers or our customers for pandemics or tornadoes or other Acts of God.  That’s why we note this in your registration waiver.   We don’t have a rainy day goodwill trust like the big marathons and this isn’t a hobby business, it’s our only business.  We will communicate what, if anything, we can offer you in terms of deferrals when we have a better understanding what part of our season or our company can continue to next year.

Remember as endurance athletes you are an example to your families and friends.   Stay positive, stay safe, stay active and get ready to celebrate your fitness later this summer!

Ironman 70.3 Coeur d’Alene moved to September

Ironman has announced that the race in Idaho will now take place in September: “With the health and safety of our community being an utmost priority, and based on the direction and recommendations of public health agencies and local authorities in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 Ironman 70.3 Coeur d’Alene triathlon, originally scheduled for June 28, 2020 has been postponed to September 6, 2020.”

Ironman 70.3 Steelhead postponed

According to a release from Ironman sent out today, add another June race to the postponed column. “Based on the mandate from the City of Benton Harbor in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 Ironman 70.3 Steelhead, originally scheduled for June 28, 2020 cannot take place as planned.”

Cancelled Xterra events

You can find the full Xterra calendar here – here’s an update on events that are listed as cancelled on the schedule. Right now Xterra  Victoria remains listed as “As Scheduled,” but based on the B.C. government’s mandates so far, one would expect that event will need to be cancelled or postponed.

  • We previously reported that Xterra Bromont and Quebec are cancelled.
  • Xterra Czech is postponed
  • Xterra Luxembourg is cancelled
  • Xterra European Championship in Zittau, Germany is cancelled
  • Xterra Canmore is cancelled
  • Xterra Kunming, China is cancelled
  • Xterra Dominican Republic has a new date – September 6
  • Xterra Japan is cancelled

Race news for May 2, 2020

Ironman 70.3 Muskoka postponed

According to the latest update on Ironman.com, “Based on the mandate from the Province of Ontario in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 Subaru Ironman 70.3 Muskoka, originally scheduled for July 12, 2020 cannot take place as planned.” No new date has been provided as of yet.

Ditto for Ironman 70.3 Calgary

Based on the mandate from the province of Alberta Chief Medical Officer of Health in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 Ironman 70.3 Calgary, originally scheduled for July 26, 2020 cannot take place as planned.

Race news for May 1, 2020

Barrelman update

The largest independent half-distance race in North America sent out an email to day with an update on the status of the event. That read, in part:

Current status of Barrelman 2020

As things stand, Barrelman is scheduled to take place on Sept 20. However, it remains unclear whether we will be allowed to host a mass participation sporting event in Ontario in September. Given the dynamic nature of our new normal under the menace of COVID 19, it is also unrealistic to expect a clear answer in the near future. The truth is, no one knows what will and will not be permissible.

Decision Date: on or before July 15

Knowing that you all need to plan, MSC has set a decision date of July 15 to determine whether we can proceed with the race. Between now and then, we will be working around the clock to get the answers we need to answer the following critical questions:

  • Is MSC allowed to host a public gathering of up to 3,000 people (athletes and spectators)?
  • The volunteer team in Welland has supported Barrelman and our series races for fifteen years. The vast majority of the fifty or so are older folks over the age of 70. We have to consider the possible risk to these volunteers.
  • Given the Welland volunteer situation above, can MSC guarantee the recruitment of the hundreds of volunteers necessary to support you, our athletes?
  • Will the relevant authorities be able to confirm MSC’s permits?
  • Can MSC confirm that paid duty police and EMS bookings are still available?
  • Has MSC given you, our athletes, enough time to plan for travel and accommodations?
  • Will athletes have enough time to train for the race, especially the swim?

One way or another, we will know the answers to these questions by July 15.

You can read the entire message here.

Ironman Frankfurt moves to September?

Here’s the translation of the note posted on the Ironman.com website regarding the Ironman European Championship:

We greatly appreciate your continued patience as we assessed all scenarios related to the postponement of the Ironman Frankfurt European Championship 2020 due to the COVID 19 pandemic. Our team is working tirelessly with our various local partners and the relevant authorities to set a new date for the event to give you the best possible opportunity for a race in 2020. Due to a number of factors, including a pending announcement by the federal government in early May, we have not yet been able to make a final decision about a new event date with the respective interest groups. However, we are currently working with the city of Frankfurt on a new race date at the end of September 2020. As soon as these discussions have been completed, the announcement by the federal government has been made and the relevant permits are available, we look forward to offering you a new race date and alternative racing options in 2020. We understand that updates to the status of the 2020 race are of the utmost importance to you, and we will continue to work as quickly and efficiently as possible to provide you with further information.

Ironman Hamburg also in September?

Our team has been working tirelessly with our various host city partners and authorities to secure a new date for the event and offer you the best possible opportunity to race in 2020. Due to a number of factors, including a pending announcement from German government in early May, we have not had the ability to make a final decision with respective stakeholders on a new event date at this time. We are however, working towards a new race date in September 2020 with the city of Hamburg. Pending completion of these discussions, the announcement from German government, and relevant approvals, we look forward to being able to share a new 2020 race date and alternative racing options with you.

Ironman 70.3 Otepaa moves to Tallinn

With the health and safety of our community being an utmost priority, and in alignment with City of Otepää in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic, the IRONMAN 70.3 Otepää originally scheduled for June 13, 2020 has been postponed. To best meet the needs of our athletes and the community, the event will now be held as Ironman 70.3 Tallinn in Tallinn, Estonia on September 5, 2020 in conjunction with Ironman Tallinn.

Ironman events “Rescheduled” to 2021

Here we go – a number of events that won’t be taking place in 2020 in Europe have been “rescheduled” to 2021.

  • The inaugural event for the race in Thun after over 20 years in Zurich will have to hold off for a year, according to the Ironman.com updates page.  “With the health and safety of our community being an utmost priority, and in alignment with the City of Thun, the canton of Berne as well as the local tourism boards in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic, we can confirm that the Ironman Switzerland Thun originally scheduled for July 12 cannot take place in 2020 and has been rescheduled for July 11, 2021.”
  • Ironman 70.3 Durban triathlon originally scheduled for June 7, 2020 cannot take place in 2020 and will return on June 6, 2021.
  • Ironman 70.3 Staffordshire triathlon originally scheduled for June 7, 2020 cannot take place in 2020 and will return on June 13, 2021.

Ironman Austria postponed to September

“Ironman Austria-Kärnten originally scheduled for July 5, 2020 has been postponed to September 20, 2020.”

Ironman events in Australia postponed to September

  • Thanks to the support of our amazing stakeholders, we are really pleased to share with you that the 2020 Cairns Airport IRONMAN Asia-Pacific Championship Cairns and IRONMAN 70.3 Cairns will now take place on Sunday 27 September 2020.
  • Thanks to the support of our amazing stakeholders, we are really pleased to share with you that the 2020 Ironman Australia and Ironman 70.3 Port Macquarie will now take place on Sunday 13 September 2020. Ironkids will take place on Saturday 12 September.
  • Based on the mandate from the Western Australian Government, the 2020 SunSmart Busselton Festival of Triathlon, originally scheduled for 2 May 2020 has been rescheduled to 17 October 2020.

Race news for April 30, 2020

Ironman 70.3 Wisconsin to be held in conjunction with Ironman Wisconsin

Originally scheduled for June 14, Ironman 70.3 Wisconsin will now be held in conjunction with Ironman Wisconsin in September 13.

Ironman 70.3 Eagleman postponed

The event in Maryland slated for June 14 “cannot take place as planned.” No news on a new date for the event in Cambridge.

Ironman 70.3 Des Moines

The event in Iowa, “originally scheduled for June 21, 2020 cannot take place as planned.” No new date for this race, either.

Challenge Viet Nam postponed to March, 2021

Here’s the note that appears on the Challenge-Family website regarding Challenge Vietnam:

For the upcoming months, most triathletes will be experiencing a heavy race jam when the global pandemic is considered over. The conflict in schedules will put a limit on our triathletes to be able to participate in all the outstanding races in Vietnam. Therefore, in order to contribute and sustain the Vietnamese triathlon community, we have decided to postpone Challenge Vietnam 2020 race day to Sunday 14 March 2021 to provide ideal opportunities for everyone to race better.

Race news for April 28, 2020

Dynamic Race Events Series cancelled for 2020.

The series events include: Westwood Lake Triathlon (May 17), Wine Capital of Canada Triathlon (June 6), Oliver Half Iron & Aquabike (June 7), Elk Lake Triathlon (Aug 2) and Cultus Lake Triathlon (Sept 20).

Read the updated from the event organizers here.

Ironman Santa Rosa postponed

According to a release from Ironman, “the 2020 Ironman Santa Rosa, originally scheduled for July 25, 2020 cannot take place as planned.” No new dates have been released for the event.

Race news for April 27, 2020

Ironman Texas moves to new date and location

The Ironman Texas event, which normally takes place in The Woodlands, just outside of Houston, is moving to Waco and will take place on October 17. The race will now be part of a “festival weekend” combined with Ironman 70.3 Waco on October 18.

Ironman 70.3 Japan and 5i50 Triathlon Series Japan postponed

The two events scheduled for June 14 in Centrair Tokoname “cannot take place as planned.” No new dates have been announced.

Race news for April 24, 2020

Ironman Tallinn postponed to September 5

Add another race to the potentially jammed September calendar: The full-distance race in Estonia has been rescheduled from August 1 to September 5, 2020.

That means that right now the Ironman schedule includes 38 races for the month of September – 10 on the weekend of September 5/6, nine on September 13, 10 on the weekend of September 18/19 and nine on the weekend of September 26/27.

Xterra updates

More events have been cancelled in the global off-road series, with no-doubt more to come – the series calendar still has Xterra Victoria slated for July 5, but based on our recent reporting it doesn’t look like events will be happening in B.C. this summer. Xterra Quebec remains on the calendar, too, for July 12 – that event will certainly not be taking place in July.

13-Jun XTERRA Belgium Namur CANCELLED – click for info
13-Jun XTERRA Cameron Park Waco, TX As Scheduled
13-Jun XTERRA Lory Bellvue, CO As Scheduled
14-Jun XTERRA Bromont Bromont, QC, Canada CANCELLED – click for info
27-Jun XTERRA Switzerland Vallee de Joux As Scheduled
5-Jul XTERRA France Xonrupt CANCELLED – click for info

Race news on April 22, 2020

Ironman 70.3 Mont-Tremblant 2021 date confirmed

We reported on the news from Ironman on the status of Ironman 70.3 Mont-Tremblant and 5150 Mont-Tremblant – neither will be taking place this year. Still no official word from Ironman regarding the full-distance race at the Quebec ski resort.

Triathlon Canada announces new virtual race series

Triathlon Canada has paired with online cycling app FulGaz for a virtual race series. We’ve got the details here.

Race news on April 21, 2020

Ironman Mont-Tremblant and Ironman 70.3 Mont-Tremblant postponed to 2021

We reported on the news that the Ironman events in the popular ski resort in Quebec won’t be taking place in 2020 here.

European Ironman event news:

IRONMAN 70.3 Les Sables d’Olonne – Vendée – originally scheduled for July 5, 2020 has been postponed to September 6, 2020.

IRONMAN 70.3 Finland – originally scheduled for June 27, 2020 has been postponed to September 05, 2020.

IRONMAN 70.3 European Championship Elsinore – After assessing all event scenarios, the Ironman 70.3 European Championship Elsinore triathlon, originally scheduled for June 21, 2020 has been postponed to September 06, 2020.

4:18:4 Elsinore – After assessing all event scenarios, the 4:18:4 Elsinore triathlon, originally scheduled for June 19, 2020 has been postponed to September 04, 2020.

Ironman Copenhagen – originally scheduled for August 16 will not take place in 2020 and has been rescheduled to return on August 22, 2021.

4:18:4 Copenhagen – originally scheduled for August 13 – 14 will not take place in 2020 and has been rescheduled to return on August 19 – 20, 2021.

IRONMAN Ireland, Cork – originally scheduled for June 21 will not take place in 2020 and has been rescheduled to return on August 15, 2021.

Ironman 70.3 Lombok rescheduled

The inaugural Ironman event in Indonesia will have to wait a year. According to the Ironman update page, “the 2020 Ironman 70.3 Lombok triathlon, originally scheduled for July 4 will not take place in 2020 and has been rescheduled to return on July 3, 2021.”

Race news on April 20, 2020

Escape from Alcatraz cancelled

“The health and safety of everyone involved in the Escape from Alcatraz Triathlon and ESCAPE Aquathlon remains our top priority, so in light of continued global health concerns regarding COVID-19 and guidance from local, state and federal authorities, we regret to announce that this year’s events will not take place,” says Jennifer Lau, Vice President of Action Sports Events, IMG. “We thank our loyal participants, partners and staff for their support, and look forward to bringing the triathlon community together again and celebrating 40 years of our race in 2021.”

Ironman UK cancelled

Here’s part of the update from Ironman: In alignment with Bolton Council and in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic, we can confirm that the IRONMAN UK originally scheduled for July 12 will not take place in 2020 and has been rescheduled to return on July 4, 2021.

Ironman 70.3 Rio de Janeiro cancelled

“The 2020 IRONMAN 70.3 Rio de Janeiro triathlon, scheduled for June 21, will not be taking place,” according to the event site.

Desaru Coast Multisport Festival rescheduled

Malaysia’s Desaru Coast Multisport Festival which includes Ironman 70.3 Desaru Coast, 5150 Desaru Coast, Desaru Coast Sprint Triathlon and Ironkids Desaru Coast, is now scheduled to take place from Friday to Sunday, September 25 to 27, 2020.

Updates from Ironman can be found here.

Race news on April 18, 2020

ITU officially cancels previously postponed events

In it’s weekly board meeting the ITU officially announced the cancellation of a number of events – according to a release:

The Board also approved the cancellation of previously postponed 2020 events: the 2020 Sarasota-Bradenton ITU Triathlon World Cup, 2020 New Plymouth ITU Triathlon World Cup, 2020 Sarasota-Bradenton ITU Paratriathlon World Cup and 2020 Besancon ITU Paratriathlon World Cup, that will not take place this year.

Super League postpones Tempe event until 2021

Here’s a look at the information posted on the Super League site – at this point no word on the Ottawa race, which is scheduled to take place on July 4 and 5.

Super League Triathlon Salinas – Rescheduled
The event scheduled to be held on 24-26 March will now take place on 21-22 November.

Super League Triathlon Tempe – Postponed
The event is scheduled for 22-24 May has been postponed until 2021. We are working with all stakeholders to confirm a new date. Athletes are being contacted directly with their options.

BCA Super League Triathlon Bali
This event is scheduled to take place 13-14 June. Please check back for further updates.

Super League Triathlon Poznan
This event is scheduled to take place 27-28 June. Please check back for further updates.

Super League Triathlon Ottawa
This event is scheduled to take place 4-5 July. Please check back for further updates.

CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES
Our full Championship Series will be announced soon and we expect to go ahead as planned.

OTHER
Super League Triathlon NEOM – Postponed
The event scheduled for 27-28 March will be rescheduled. New dates will be announced shortly.

5i50 Triathlon Series Porec (Croatia) “rescheduled” to 2021

“At this time, we can confirm that the 5150 Poreč triathlon cannot take place as planned on May 10, 2020 and has been rescheduled for May 9, 2021,” Ironman posted on its COVID-19 update page.

Race news on April 15, 2020

Multisport Canada announces Refund and Deferral Policy

Ontario’s largest triathlon series, the Multisport Canada Triathlon Series, has announced it’s refund and deferral policy, along with the “decision dates” for each of the races in the series.

You can read the policy here.

Ironman announces more new dates

The latest update from Ironman can be found here. Some of the new information includes:

  • Ironman Australia and Ironman 70.3 Port Macquarie have been rescheduled to Sunday, September 13.
  • Ironman 70.3 Busselton will now be held on October 17.
  • Ironman 70.3 Gulf Coast has a new date – November 7, 2020 – it will now be held in conjunction with Ironman Florida.

Challenge Riccione cancelled

The event originally scheduled for May 10, has been cancelled for this year.

“We’re very sorry that we have to tell you that we can’t organize this years’ edition of Challenge Riccione,” organizers posted on the site. “Due to the coronavirus and all the measures that are in place worldwide at this moment, but also the fact that we can’t predict these developments, organizing our race unfortunately became impossible. Our next event date will now be the weekend of May 8th/9th, 2021.”

Challenge Bled postponed

The inaugural race in Bled, Slovenia, scheduled for May 17 has been rescheduled to September 20, 2020.

Challenge Lisboa postponed

The date for the race has been moved from May 23, 2020 to September 12, 2020.

Race news on April 13, 2020

Decision re. Edmonton World Triathlon Grand Final to come no later than May 30th

Here’s the statement from the organizers of the upcoming worlds in Edmonton:

World Triathlon and the Edmonton Local Organizing Committee continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation closely and the impact that the current situation might have on the Edmonton World Triathlon Grand Final, planned for August 17-23 of this year.

Due to the ever-changing global situation on this matter, we are working closely with the local public health authorities and will follow their lead and the World Health Organization recommendations in regards to mass gatherings and events – such as our World Triathlon Grand Final. That said, we are committed to a decision no later than May 30th regarding the Edmonton Grand Final.

We thank you for your continued patience as we navigate through these unprecedented times, and appreciate the ongoing support from our athletes, volunteers, partners and stakeholders. As always, our hearts go out to all those affected – we are extremely grateful for all those working to keep us safe, both here and across the globe.

Challenge Championship postponed

Challenge Family announced yesterday that The Championship has been postponed from May 31 to August 16 due to “travel restrictions, the impact on athletes’ preparations and a general concern for the health situation.”
 
“This hard decision has been made after extensive consultation with all parties involved,” says Challenge Family CEO Jort Vlam. “We still see opportunities to organize a race later this summer.”

“The postponement is one filled with hope for better times, but because the developments surrounding the coronavirus and therefore the measures imposed change almost daily, we will keep monitoring the situation and make a final decision latest on May 31st whether The Championship can continue or not,” Vlam continues. “At that time we will know more about the situation in August than we know now and there is still time to arrange travel and training. We guarantee that, from our end, we will do everything within our power to arrange this and work as hard as we can, but unfortunately we don’t have any control on the impact of the coronavirus.”

“Of course we understand that this decision will have a big impact on our athletes and that there will be a few uncertain weeks ahead. We’re very sorry about that and of course we would have liked things to be different. We know this is a very bitter message, but we remain positive towards the future and we have hope and confidence that we can organize The Championship on August 16th. Of course we also understand that this solution might not be suitable for all athletes. Still we can guarantee you that we have tried to find the best alternative for as much athletes as possible and we hope for everyone’s understanding.”

Race news on April 11, 2020

Ironman 70.3 and 5i50 Triathlon Series Mont-Tremblant postponed

According to the official Ironman update page, the popular events in Mont-Tremblant are now officially postponed.

Based on the monitoring of local government and public official announcements, the 2020 IRONMAN 70.3 Mont-Tremblant event weekend will not take place as planned on June 20-21, 2020.

There is no news on a new date at this point.

Ironman 70.3 Virginia’s Blue Ridge Triathlon rescheduled to 2021

Originally scheduled for June 7, 2020, the inagural event has now been rescheduled to June 6, 2021.

Challenge Kaiserwinkl-Walchsee cancelled

Set in the beautiful Austrian Tyrol region near the German border, Challenge Kaiserwinkl-Walchsee is one of the oldest Challenge-Family events and was to serve as the 2020 European Championship. The race has now been cancelled and organizers hope they will have the opportunity to host the Europeans in 2022.

You can read the letter from race organizers to athletes here.

Race news on April 9, 2020

Multisport Canada looking to reschedule June races

In a statement on the company’s website, Multisport Canada, Ontario’s largest race series, provided updates on the two events it has scheduled for June, Rose City (Welland) and Gravenhurst:

The communities of Gravenhurst and Welland have recently announced that they are closing their public facilities until at least June 30th. As it stands, we will not be able host either the Gravenhurst nor the Welland events as scheduled. We are currently looking for alternative dates later in the summer and we will also continue to monitor the situation to see if the June 30th community deadlines are lifted.

We will provide a final update on the status of these events NO LATER than Friday May 1st.

Ironman Copenhagen postponed

Didn’t see this coming quite this soon (these events are scheduled for August) – Ironman Copenhagen and 4:18:4 Copenhagen are postponed.

Here’s the statement that Ironman posted on the Ironman.com site:

With the health and safety of our community being an utmost priority, and based on the directive announced by the Danish Government in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic, the IRONMAN Copenhagen originally scheduled for August 16, 2020 cannot take place as planned.

World Triathlon Board approves Olympic and Paralympic qualifying …

But we’ll have to wait a bit to know what that will look like. In a statement released today, World Triathlon announced that it had “approved the general principles of the new Olympic and Paralympic qualification system, which were frozen when the pandemic struck the international races. The approved principles have now been sent to the International Olympic Committee and International Paralympic Committee for their approval. Once the new system is approved by both organizations, it will be immediately communicated to all athletes, coaches and National Federations.”

The Executive Board, which met via teleconference, “also approved the proposal of the Technical Committee to postpone the World Triathlon Rules review until the end of 2021, extend the validation year of all ITU certified officials for one more year and start with the new TO certification system in 2022 instead of 2021 as it was originally planned.”

Race news on April 6, 2020

Ironman 70.3 Connecticut cancelled

The event, originally scheduled for May 31, has been cancelled, according to a release sent out by Ironman yesterday afternoon.

Challenge Herning and Geraardsbergen cancelled

Chalk up a couple more June European races that won’t be happening this year – the popular Challenge Herning (Denmark), which was supposed to happen on June 13 and Challenge Geraardsbergen (Belgium) which was supposed to teke place a week earlier have been cancelled.

“As a result of the current, worldwide health crisis, we see no other option than to cancel the race of June 7, 2020. Under all circumstances, we wish to prioritise the health of athletes, volunteers, employees and visitors,” organizers wrote on the Geraardsbergen website. “This decision was far from easy to make. However, considering the current circumstances and the international nature of our race, including approximately 1000 athletes from 32 different countries, this is the only right choice.”

Registered athletes will be transferred to next years race, while those who purchased “cancellation” insurance will have the option of getting the entry fee minus the booking and insurance fees.

Race news on April 5, 2020

Hang on, folks – Ironman sent out a bunch of updates on upcoming races. Click here to see the information on the Ironman site.

Ironman Tulsa rescheduled to next year

We’ll have to wait another year for the inaugural Ironman Tulsa – it has now been “rescheduled” to 2021 – it’s moved from the original May 31, 2020 date to May 23, 2021.

Ironman 70.3 Monterrey rescheduled

The race in Mexico which was originally slotted for May 3 has been rescheduled to September 20.

A number of EMEA Ironman races postponed

Here’s a list that have been postponed with no new dates announced as of yet. “We are committed to provide you with an update on your options by April 30, 2020,” says a statement on the Ironman website for most of these races.

  • Ironman 70.3 Graz will not take place on May 24.
  • Ironman 70.3 Kraichgau/ 5i50 Triathlon Series Kraichgau will not take place on June 7.
  • Ironman 70.3 Durban will not take place on June 7.
  • Ironman 70.3 Switzerland will not take place on June 7, Ironkids Rapperswil-Jona won’t be happening on June 6, either.
  • Ironman 70.3 Staffordshire will not take place on June 7.
  • Ironman 70.3 Otepää will not take place on June 13.
  • 5i50 Triathlon Series Warsaw will not take place on June 14.
  • Ironman France Nice will not take place on June 14.
  • Ironman 70.3 Luxembourg – Région Moselle will not take place on June 14.
  • Ironman Hamburg will not take place on June 21.
  • Ironman 70.3 European Championship Elsinore won’t take place on June 21.
  • Ironman Ireland will not take place on June 21.
  • Ironman Finland will not take place on June 27.
  • The Ironman European Championship Frankfurt will not take place on June 28.
  • Ironman 70.3 Westfriesland and 5i50 Triathlon Series Westfriesland will not take place on June 28.

Challenge Kaiserwinkl-Walchsee postponed

Here’s the message that appears on the event site:

The ITU and ETU have announced that due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it will be not possible to organize their events in May and June. Of course this decision also affects CHALLENGEKAISERWINKL-WALCHSEE 2020. As we would love to give an opportunity to all of you to race the European Championship Middle Distance later this season, we are working very hard behind the scenes to see if we can postpone the event to a date in september. A decision on this will be expected next week, and communicated to all athletes. We can assure you that we will do everything we can to find the best possible solution for everyone!

Xterra postpones more of its May events

You can find the complete Xterra schedule and updates here.

23-May XTERRA Oak Mountain Pelham, AL, USA Postponed – click for info
24-May XTERRA Italy – Lake Garda Toscolano-Maderno, Italy Pending
30-May XTERRA Tahiti Moorea Postponed – click for info

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.”