Ironman Launches 2021 Oceania Season
IRONMAN racing is set to return to New Zealand and Australia in style in 2021, with all races across the region open for entry from today.
Following a year of uncertainty, postponements and unfortunately a number of race cancellations, IRONMAN is launching its 2021 Oceania season with a bang, will a full schedule of racing across New Zealand and Australia locked in from February until December.
For the first time ever all 2021 IRONMAN and IRONMAN 70.3 events in the region will be open for entry at the same time, giving athletes the perfect opportunity to plan their racing season and lock in their entries from Thursday 15 October.
Dave Beeche, Managing Director of The IRONMAN Group Oceania, said that by launching all 2021 events at the same time athletes had a chance to plan out their year and lock in their racing calendar.
“This is the first time we’ve been able to launch all of our events at the same time and we’re looking forward to having athletes from across the region get their schedules locked in and begin working towards what we hope will be a massive 2021,” said Beeche. “This year has been challenging for so many and we hope that by opening up the full season of events we can give our athletes that light at the end of the tunnel that they’ve been training towards.
“We know that our athletes have been training away at home and want to get back racing again, we had great support at recent events in Queensland and we can’t wait to get back in action across Australia and New Zealand,” he said.
Those athletes wanting to test themselves against the world’s best at the 2022 IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship in Taupō, New Zealand, will have the chance to secure a spot at all IRONMAN 70.3 events from Sunshine Coast in September onwards.
With thousands of athletes already deferred or transferred into 2021 races, capacity is set to be limited at a number of events and sell outs are expected, so those wanting to make their comeback in 2021 are encouraged to get in early to avoid disappointment.
Those who get in early and lock in their race schedule before 12 November 2020 will receive IRONMAN merchandise gift cards and also go into the draw to win one of four Ultimate Race Packs worth more than $3,000.
For more information on the 2021 IRONMAN Oceania season visit: https://www.ironman.com/oceania2021
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