Ironman cancels events in Mont-Tremblant, Canada – athletes cannot defer to 2022

The start at Ironman Mont-Tremblant 2019. Photo: Kevin Mackinnon

After originally postponing Ironman 70.3 Mont-Tremblant to September, Ironman announced today that all of the events in the picturesque ski town in Quebec “cannot take place in 2021” – the company avoids the word “cancel” in most of its announcements.

“Based on the latest conversations with the health authorities and local officials in the Province of Quebec in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic and the current restrictions related to large events, we regret to share that the 2021 Ironman Mont-Tremblant triathlon cannot take place in 2021,” Ironman posted on the event website, with a similar message posted on the Ironman 70.3 website as well. “We are working diligently on all potential future year options and further event updates will be communicated as soon as possible.”

Rather than being given the option to defer entries to next year, though, Ironman has provided athletes with a number of other race options or a refund as the company is “working diligently on all potential future year options.” Ironman’s last five-year contract with Mont-Tremblant was signed in 2016. Since the company is not simply allowing athletes to postpone their entries until 2022, it’s obvious that contract negotiations for the race are ongoing.

Since Ironman events began in Mont-Tremblant in 2012 the races have become among the most popular on the Ironman circuit, with the 70.3 race routinely filling within hours and the Ironman event also regularly reaching capacity. In 2014 Mont-Tremblant also hosted the first Ironman world championship event outside the United States as Ironman started to rotate the Ironman 70.3 World Championship every year.

Competitors registered in the full-distance race in Mont-Tremblant will be automatically transferred to Ironman Canada in Penticton, which has been rescheduled to September 26, 2021, unless they choose to have their entry transferred to other events in the United States (Lake Placid, Wisconsin, Maryland, Chattanooga, Waco, California or Florida), or to have their entry fee refunded.

Those in the half-distance race will have their entries automatically transferred to Ironman 70.3 Timberman in the United States unless they choose either another race from a list of options, or to have their entry fee refunded, too.