In June Ironman announced that the long-awaited return of Ironman Canada to its original home of Penticton, British Columbia would have to wait an extra month – it was postponed from Aug. 29 to Sept. 26. Today we learned that the race won’t be happening this year after all – due to a surge in COVID cases in the region, the provincial government has insituted new restrictions that limit outdoor events to 100 people. The restrictions will be in effect at least until the end of September. Ironman confirmed that the event won’t be happening this year in a statement earlier today:
Over the challenging and constantly evolving landscape of the last year and a half, our team has continued to work hard in an effort to create the best event experience and welcome athletes back to the IRONMAN Canada – Penticton start line. We felt optimistic and had high hopes for the updated 2021 IRONMAN Canada – Penticton race date scheduled for September 26, 2021.
Unfortunately, due to the updated British Columbia Interior Health restrictions for events hosting more than 100 people, we regret to share that the 2021 IRONMAN Canada – Penticton triathlon cannot take place on September 26, 2021. The event is scheduled to return on Aug. 28, 2022.
This is certainly not the news any of us wanted especially at this point in time and we recognize that this latest setback is a significant disappointment after multiple event updates. Our goal remains to put on an exceptional event that meets the expectations of our athletes and host community.
All registered athletes will be receiving an email with more information. We look forward to welcoming our athletes back to Penticton, B.C. with a great event in August of 2022.