Mother Nature has forced the cancellation of the much anticipated Ironman New Zealand.
I find it very depressing when an Ironman event is cancelled as I know fully well that many people only have one shot at taking on an Ironman due to limited training time because of devotion to career or family or simply for financial reasons.
So this may be it for them for a long time if ever.
The race was to go on Saturday but the forecast read “severe gale with gusts of 120km/h between 7 and 11 a.m. Saturday.” There is simply no way you could allow an Ironman swim (or bike for that matter) to take place under those circumstances.
NEW ZEALAND IRONMAN 70.3
A 70.3 event is now on the schedule and it has been organized for Sunday as the weather is predicted to calm down on Saturday afternoon.
So at least the athletes who are there will have the opportunity to take part in an Ironman event, just not the one they hoped for.
IRONMAN CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS
On a brighter note, officials stated Sunday’s event will offer the same number of qualifying slots to the Ironman World Championship, taking place in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, on Oct. 13, 2012, as well as the same prize purse and number of KPR points for professional athletes.
So that is good news for those hoping to accumulate points for the big race next Fall.
Also, Ironman New Zealand athletes will also have the opportunity to race an Ironman event of their choice at a discounted price between now and the end of June.
Best of luck to all those taking part in Sunday’s New Zealand Ironman 70.3. Hopefully the bad weather will indeed be gone by Sunday Morning.