KONA CANCELLED — HEADS ROLL
As widely reported and ending months of speculation, IRONMAN finally cancelled its world championships. Its iconic 2020 Hawaii IRONMAN and 2020 70.3 world championship triathlon in New Zealand will not occur.
IRONMAN’s new owners, Advance, also implemented widespread staff layoffs and moved to close numerous regional offices in an effort to cut costs and stem losses.
In a pandemic year that continues to devastate the triathlon calendar, this news is not surprising. Does anyone expect races to return until a COVID-19 vaccine becomes available?
As the leading stakeholder in our sport, we need IRONMAN to succeed. Although painful and disappointing, hopefully their bold moves will give Advance the required breathing room to recalibrate and look ahead to a safer, healthier 2021.