Ironman asks pro athletes to pay additional fee for IM 70.3 World Championship

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It seems to be a rather strange move: pro athletes who want to compete in this year’s Ironman 70.3 World Championship St. George will need to pay an US$150 fee in order to sign up.

It is striking that pro athletes need to pay this additional fee, since all athletes pay for an Ironman pro license at the beginning of a new year. That license allows them to take part in any Ironman – including the World Championship if they qualify – without having to pay a registration fee. Now, athletes will need to pay extra to take part in the Ironman 70.3 World Championship. The “Pro membership upgrade” can be found through this link under “upgrade #5,” according to information that was sent out to pro triathletes.

Ironman also just announced that the Ironman 70.3 World Championship in St. George won’t be spread out over two days. That means that women and men will race simultaneously on Sep. 18, 2021. It also was announced that the Ironman 70.3 World Championship 2022 will no longer take place in Taupo, New Zealand. Instead, St. George will host the World Championship two years in a row, as the 2022 edition now moves to America too.