Ironman has announced that its long-awaited return to Penticton, B.C. will (hopefully) still happen in 2021 – it will just be a month later.
According to a release sent out by the company today:
Based on the guidelines from the Province of British Columbia in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as our conversations with regional and local health authorities, together we have decided to postpone the 2021 Subaru Ironman Canada – Penticton event from August 29 to September 26 when we collectively agree that this event will be better positioned to take place on this race date. Our team will continue to work hard developing and refining operational plans in a manner consistent with local community objectives and within the guidelines and recommendations set by public health entities as it relates to COVID-19. All permits will be issued pending health regulations and approvals.
With a race just a few weeks before the Ironman World Championship, the race will no-doubt serve as a qualifier for the 2022 Ironman World Championship in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii. The official race website doesn’t list the number of qualifying spots that will be available for the race – we’ve reached out to Ironman for clarification on that and will update this story as soon as we get news on that front.
Athletes registered for the 2021 event have a number of options. They can take part in this year’s event, defer to next year’s race, or compete at the 2021 Ironman races in Couer d’Alene, Wisconsin, Chattanooga, Texas, Waco or California.