IRONMAN announces cancellation of Alaska race

    Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - The IRONMAN Group has canceled IRONMAN Alaska in Juneau for 2023 and 2024, according to Travel Juneau, the contracted host for the events.

    In a press release, Travel Juneau President & CEO Liz Perry said economic pressure and inflation are impacting the world and IRONMAN Alaska is affected by this global event.

    "Not only did Alaskans come out to take on the inaugural race, but local culture and community were an important aspect in the creation of and huge race day support for IRONMAN Alaska. We would also like to thank all of our sponsors for their partnership in helping to ensure race experiences lived up to the destination," Perry said. “We want to be clear, this decision was based on the overall economic climate. The door is open to host a future event. The entire IRONMAN Alaska team and athletes were thrilled with the volunteerism, support, and warm welcome they received while in Juneau. We’d like to thank the entire community of Juneau and all of our many partners for the immense amount of championing and hard work that made the inaugural race such a success.“

    Perry said athletes who registered for IRONMAN Alaska will receive additional information from the IRONMAN Group regarding deferrals. A representative from the Ironman Group noted that when the race was first announced it quickly jumped toward the top of bucket list races, she said.

    “We would like to thank our athletes, volunteers, and local partners, Travel Juneau, the University of Alaska Southeast, the City & Borough of Juneau, the Tlingit people, and the entire Juneau community."

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