After Ironman California had to be cancelled due to a “cyclone bomb” that hit the area on race day, the pro men registered for that race were invited to compete at Ironman Florida this weekend. They will join a stacked women’s field – the race had previously been a women’s only pro race. Both the men and the women will compete for a $50,000 prize purse.
Norway’s Gustav Iden was the first of the Sacramento competitors to commit to competing in Panama City Beach – Ironman Florida will be his debut full-distance event. We’ve now learned that the two-time defending Ironman 70.3 world champion will be joined in the men’s field by Canada’s Lionel Sanders and Australian Cameron Wurf. Wurf beat Sanders earlier this year at Ironman Copenhagen.
The women’s race promises to be every bit as exciting as Ironman Chattanooga champion Skye Moench takes on Switzerland’s Imogen Simmonds and multiple Ironman champions Heather Jackson (USA) and Carrie Lester (AUS).
The race will be broadcast live on the Ironman Now Facebook Watch channel starting at 6:30 AM EST.
There are over 3,000 athletes registered for the race which will offer 75 age group slots for the 2022 Ironman World Championship in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii.
You can see the full pro list for Saturday’s race here.