We reported yesterday that the Ironman World Championship was to be cancelled this year and would be held in February, 2022 – today that news was confirmed and we know the date – Feb. 5.
This means that as in 1982 there will be two editions of the world championship in Hawaii – in February and October.
“The resurgence of the virus and new Delta strain has had significant impact on the island community of Hawai`i. Combined with substantial border closures and travel restrictions for qualified athletes, there is not a viable pathway in October to host the IRONMAN World Championship,” Andrew Messick, President and Chief Executive Officer for The Ironman Group said in today’s statement. “After extensive consultation with governmental and community leaders in Hawai`i, we believe that the best course of action is to delay the event until February of 2022.”
According to today’s statement athletes who are entered in this year’s race will be contacted directly and there will be “no material changes in qualifying for professional or age-group athletes for the 2022 IRONMAN World Championship.”