It must be obvious to all of us now that this season’s multi-sport racing is going to face severe difficulties. For example, Ironman clearly say, below, that there will be cancellations
“Certain races will be postponed or cancelled due to the outbreak and we will communicate these as soon as practical”
However, it looks like Ironman has also planned sensibly the risk minimisation for races that DO go ahead and that they have considered the health/safety of all concerned including the volunteers, in addition, making some procedural changes that minimise contact between competitors (see below).
If any of you have spectated or competed in an Ironman you will know they are of a similar scale to some of the large marathons in terms of the human-to-human contacts and proximities/numbers of spectators. But you will also know that in your local triathlon then maybe you can ban spectators and maybe, like Ironman, you can change the pre-race briefing to a digital one and then really is there any risk of human-to-human contact other than at the start line? Perhaps not.
So there might be a chance that your smaller, B race will go ahead this year or maybe your end-of-season A race in September will escape the worst….assuming and hoping that YOU are OK, of course.
Don’t bank on your race happening
- London Marathon? : latest here
- Sea Otter – Postponed
- London Bike Show – cancelled
- Olympics? – Either behind closed doors, postponed or cancelled. ££££
- UK Premier League soccer – postponed until April
- Euro 2020 – postponement being considered
- Boston Marathon – postponed until the fall
What of smaller events though? Well, it looks like even parkrun events in MANY countries are cancelled and so perhaps the UK ones will follow suit soon? Conversely, tomorrow’s F3 events at Eton Dorney (duathlon) are going ahead.
Unfortunately, my sense is that my slim hopes of medal glory this year are going to be hit by cancellation rather than injury or just not being quite good enough. Good luck and keep training…just in case.
Full Ironman Communique
|THE IRONMAN GROUP’S RESPONSE TO COVID-19
To our global community,
We know that both our athletes and our communities want to be racing; we do too.
While The IRONMAN Group’s mission is to provide exceptional, life-changing race experiences for athletes of all levels, from their first step to the finish line, we can only accomplish this by providing the safest possible environment, and safeguarding the citizens of our host communities.
COVID-19 has substantially altered the global sports landscape and will have material impact on the mass participation industry in the immediate term. We want to reassure you that the health and well-being of our community is our primary concern. To this end, we are doing our part to communicate effectively and follow public health agencies and governmental authorities’ recommendations.
We expect that there are going to be substantial and widespread event postponements in the coming weeks and months. The decision to proceed, restrict, modify or postpone an event will be based on availability of community resources and ongoing event-specific risk assessment in coordination with the relevant healthcare and government authorities and the IRONMAN Global Medical Advisory Board, an independent medical advisory board focused on health and safety.
For events that will continue, The IRONMAN Group, along with the IRONMAN Global Medical Advisory Board, has outlined a series of pragmatic and practical actions designed to reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19 or any other infectious agent to athletes and to members of our host communities. These steps will help athletes achieve their goals while allowing communities to secure the benefits of hosting mass participation sporting events. They will be implemented worldwide at all IRONMAN Group events beginning March 19 and will continue indefinitely.
Self-care and Risk Minimization
We ask that all athletes, volunteers and partners follow the World Health Organization (WHO) guidelines for basic protective measures against the new coronavirus:
Providing Flexibility to Athletes
For those who are sick, feel unwell, or have been potentially exposed to an infectious agent in advance of a race that will take place, do not come to the race; instead seek medical care. Once you have done so, contact the relevant Athlete Services representative for your race and we will attempt to find you another solution.
Safe Event Experience
Reinforcing Social Distancing in all elements of the event
This is a highly dynamic situation and we will continue to adapt and adjust as appropriate. We appreciate your patience in the coming days and weeks.
We recognize that this is a challenging time but our community will endure. We are inspired by your ambition, and endeavor to be worthy of your commitment.
Thank you for your continued support, and we wish you the best in health and wellness.