When the coronavirus struck at the beginning of this year, one race after another disappeared from the calendar. Of course, this also applied to Ironman events, who came up with something new: in March, Ironman VR was introduced, a way for athletes to race at home – indoors or outdoors – on a weekly basis. Since then, 97 athletes have not missed a single Ironman VR event (34 so far). They have been recognized as legends in a Wall of Fame.
“Congratulations to the first ever Ironman VR Legends, 97 amazing athletes who completed every Ironman VR on the Ironman Virtual Club this year, proving to the world that #AnywhereIsPossible,” Ironman said on Facebook.
Many of the 97 “legends” have replied to the post.
“Thank you so much for putting on these virtual races!” wrote Jason Smith. “So honored to have my name on this list of legends!”
“These races kept me motivated during a challenging season – so proud to be a legend alongside the other 96 athletes on this list!” wrote Kelsey Bracewell.
“I would have lost my mind in this pandemic if not for these weekly ‘races,'” wrote Raymond Posadas. “Thank you Ironman VR. I’m humbled to be part of this wall. Salute to all!”
A number of athletes have indicated that they have participated in all 34 races but are not included in the Wall of Fame – Ironman is looking into that issue.