Will ‘Kona’ remain the ‘holy grail’ for Ironman? ‘We’re going to learn a lot in May’

Andrew Messick.

“At the end of 2022 we’re going to have a lot to think about around what world championship racing is going to look like in the Ironman ecosystem. We’re going to learn a lot in May.” Ironman CEO Andrew Messick is looking forward to the world championships in St. George and in an interview with Mark Allen he doesn’t say no to an opportunity in which Ironman could go for a global rotation for the World Championships.

This rotation system is used for the World Championships 70.3 already, but Kona is Kona so far. “Maybe,” Messick said of the possibility of a rotating venue. “The World Championship for the Ironman is so historically linked to Hawaii. But being able to try and see what a world championship outside of Hawaii looks like will be really interesting for us, and we’ll have an opportunity to gauge the reaction of athletes, to see what kind of racing takes place, to see what type of athletes are able to compete successfully.”

You can watch the interview here: