2017 is last year CDA will host full IRONMAN

From IRONMAN

After very thoughtful consideration, 2017 will be the sunset year for IRONMAN Coeur d’Alene. In consultation with the Coeur d’Alene Chamber of Commerce, we have decided that 2017 will be the final year for this race—a part of our race portfolio since 2003.

If you were thinking of racing IRONMAN Coeur d’Alene at some point in the future, we encourage you to register for the 2017 edition, to which we’ve added 10 Kona slots to commemorate its last year. It has been a marvelous 14 years and we want to make August 27th a celebration of all the memories that have been made on this course….

From KXLY.com

COEUR D’ALENE, Idaho – Triathletes who cross the finish line at IRONMAN Coeur d’Alene in August will do so for the last time. The Coeur d’Alene Chamber of Commerce confirms 2017 will be the last year the city hosts IRONMAN 140.6.

The Chamber of Commerce and IRONMAN have agreed to amend the current contract for “the mutual benefit of all,” according to a press release. IRONMAN 70.3, or the half-IRONMAN, will continue in Coeur d’Alene for years to come.

“We look forward to continuing a great relationship with IRONMAN and firmly believe this new agreement is a win-win for everyone,” Steve Wilson, Chamber President, said.

The announcement comes amid speculation that the chamber, a major sponsor of the race, was looking to reduce the two races during the summer season to just one. The new agreement is “aimed at cutting down on event fatigue and will ease the strain on the recruitment and steep number of volunteers needed for multiple events.”

The World Triathlon Corporation, which owns the IRONMAN franchise, said because of athlete concerns over the challenging nature of the course and the move of the event to August, 2017 will be the “sunset year” for IRONMAN Coeur d’Alene…

The last IRONMAN 140.6 is August 27. Registration is still open. IRONMAN 70.3 is scheduled for June 25.

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