Negative comments pour in as Ironman announces to change date IM Mallorca

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Today, with four months to go until Ironman Mallorca, the organization behind the event announced to move the event date back with one week. That means the date changes from May 14, 2022, to May 7, which happens to be the same day that Ironman 70.3 Mallorca takes place. “Our aim is always to provide our athletes with an unforgettable race experience, and after collective consideration on community impact, resources, and how we can ensure the best race experience that meets the needs of our athletes and community, we wanted to update you on a change to the event”, Ironman stated in a press release.

Ironman may be convinced that athletes will still enjoy a great race experience, many athletes aren’t too fond of this change. Firstly, because many people had already arranged their flights and accommodation, and secondly, because people worry the roads might be overcrowded with both the Middle Distance and Long Distance taking place on the same day. Under the Facebook message, that Ironman just shared, people express their frustration.

“So you’ve rescheduled a race that will be mostly international athletes who will already have everything booked, with just a few months notice? To a new date when you’ve already got a race on, meaning a lot of the accommodation will already be booked up? You guys are so good at looking after your customers…”, one of the athletes commented.

Many people mention that the roads were too packed during last year’s event, and worry that it might end up being even worse. “Hold on: the full Ironman will be on the same day as the 70.3? The roads are already very crowded, this is not good news (although I understand it makes perfect sense to organize both the 70.3 and the full distance in the same weekend)”, another comments said.