With all the full-distance events in the US and Canada full in 2021, Ironman has added an event to its schedule in Muncie, Indiana. The event will run in conjunction with Ironman 70.3 Muncie on October 2, 2021. General registration for the race will open on January 25.
Muncie has a long history of hosting triathlon events – the first Muncie Endurathon was held in 1980 and the race venue remains the same. Ironman took over the event a decade ago.
With all but one of the full-distance events (Ironman Florida) cancelled in Canada and the U.S. due to the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, most of the 2021 races are full with athletes who were forced to defer their entries – Ironman did not refund entries. Ironman has likely added the “one-time-only full-distance event” to the schedule to accommodate demand for athletes looking to compete in an event this year who don’t have a deferred entry.
“Ironman Indiana will begin by taking athletes along a 2.4-mile two-loop swim in the waters of Prairie Creek Reservoir,” a release from Ironman states. “The 112-mile bike course will wind through rural Delaware county that will be completely closed to traffic. Similar to the Ironman 70.3 Muncie event, athletes can expect minimal elevation gain. To finish, the 26.2-mile run course will consist of two laps through rolling hills on the south side of Prairie Creek Reservoir before hitting the finishing chute.”