James Cunnama is retiring from pro triathlon

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South-Africa’s James Cunnama has just announced that he is retiring from pro triathlon racing. “Well, that was fun while it lasted. I have been offered an exciting opportunity which I couldn’t pass up so 14 years after my first Ironman race, I have decided to hang up the race suit and take on a new challenge.” Cunnama will announce the new challenge at a later date.

“When I started pursuing my pro career all those years ago, the goal was to see if I could win a race and see some new places, and maybe make as much money as I spent on it. 14 years later, I’ve won some races, seen some places and probably just about broke even. I also met my awesome wife Jodie Cunnama and that alone was worth any hardships I endured.”

“There are far too many to list, but to every friend, coach, training partner, sponsor or competitor who has played any role, big or small in my career, a heartfelt thank you! This won’t be the last you see of me in the triathlon world, but you won’t see me on any more Pro start lines, or early morning swim squads for that matter.”


James Cunnama won long distance events including Challenge Roth, Ironman Hamburg, Ironman 70.3 Panama City, Embrunman, Ironman France-Nice and the Alpe d’Huez Triathlon. He took fourth and fifth at the Ironman World Championship in 2013 and 2017.