Ironman opens up entries to 11 “favorite” European races

BOLTON, ENGLAND - JULY 04: Katrina Matthews of Britain reacts after winning the women's race at Ironman UK on July 4, 2021 in Bolton, England. (Photo by Nigel Roddis/Getty Images for Ironman)

After two years of cancellations and deferments, entering some Ironman events has been a challenge over the last few years, but today the company announced that it would be opening up registration for a number of full- and 70.3-distance races including both the Ironman European Championship events (Hamburg and Frankfurt) and Ironman UK. According to Ironman the additional race slots will be based on an event by event basis and are coming from increasing and optimizing the event space safely.

The 70.3 races that will be re-opening registration include: Pays d’Aix-en-Provence, Kraichgau, Swansea and Cork. In addition to the Ironman events in Germany and the UK, other full-distance races that will re-open registration include: Ireland, Kalmar, Copenhagen and Wales.

“Due to the huge interest we received for these races originally, and taking into account a disappointing couple of years of race cancellations, we really wanted to find a way of giving athletes the race and experience they were dreaming of this year,” said Declan Byrne, Vice President of Operations in Europe, Middle East and Africa for the Ironman Group. “So, we have been working closely with the operations teams in each event country to make this happen while continuing to ensure a smooth and safe event experience.  We are excited to be re-opening these races to the public and look forward to welcoming athletes from all over the world to some of our most sought-after European races.” 

More information is available here.