KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii (AP) – The Ironman World Championship will be held outside Hawaii for the first time in four decades due to uncertainty over whether the Big Island will be able to host the triathlon as planned in February during the coronavirus pandemic.
Competitors will instead head to St. George, Utah on May 7, West Hawaii Today reported. Organizers plan to bring the contest back to the islands in October 2022.
Ironman competitors swim 2.4 miles (3.9 kilometers), cycle 112 miles (180.3 kilometers), then run a marathon, which spans 26.2 miles (42.2 kilometers). ).
The first race was held in Honolulu in the 1970s. The competition moved to Kailua-Kona on the Big Island in 1981.
Organizers canceled last year’s race due to coronavirus concerns and international travel risks. It was the first time in the history of triathlon that the event did not take place.
Then, in August, as the delta variant fueled a spike in COVID-19 cases in Hawaii, organizers decided to postpone this year’s race until February. They then made the decision to cancel the February event and move it to Utah in May.
Organizers plan to bring competition back to Big Island later next year with a two-day race format slated for October 6-8, 2022.