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2012 Ironman 70.3 National Harbor Cancelled


im703nhcancelled.jpgAlmost four months after the World Triathlon Corporation (WTC) and Washington Sports & Event Management LLC (WSEM) announced the addition of the new Ironman 70.3 National Harbor triathlon comes word that the event has been CANCELLED!

The inaugural Ironman 70.3 National Harbor race which was set to take place only 3 months from now on August 5, 2012, has been cancelled by WSEM, the race organizer.

"Dear Ironman 70.3 National Harbor Athlete,

The inaugural Ironman 70.3 National Harbor Triathlon has been cancelled. Athletes registered for the event will receive a full refund of their entry and processing fees.

Refunds will be issued within 30 days and will be credited to the card used for registration through the Active Network."

UPDATE:

The Ironman 70.3 National Harbor Triathlon was cancelled because not enough athletes were registered for the event.

Ironman asked us to stay silent, not post anything on social media and not send out any press releases so that the damage to Ironman's brand would be minimized. We were fools to agree and that was a big big mistake on our part.

We should have communicated immediately and told you the reason from the start. We were definitely wrong not to do so and apologize. The six figure financial loss from the event was more than we could manage.

This is the second triathlon event in Washington DC Metropolitan Area to be cancelled by WSEM this year, the other race which also has ties to the WTC was the Washington DC Triathlon, which was a race in the 5150 Triathlon Series. The event cancellation was related to the National Park Service denying a permit for the race.

These two highly visible triathlon event misfortunes have taken place since the Competitor Group annouced a multi-year partnership with Washington Sports & Event Management back in February.

Athletes registered or training for the Ironman 70.3 race have some options if they want to continue training and do a race.

Ironman is committed to helping participants reach their goal of racing an Ironman 70.3 in 2012 and will further offer each athlete impacted by the cancellation a $50 discount to one of the events listed below:

• Ironman 70.3 Mooseman - Newfound Lake, NH - Sunday, June 3
• Ironman 70.3 Boise - Boise, Idaho - Saturday, June 9
• Ironman 70.3 Kansas - Lawrence, KS - Sunday, June 10
• Ironman 70.3 Syracuse - Syracuse, NY - Sunday, June 24
• Ironman 70.3 Muncie - Muncie, IN - Saturday, July 7
• Ironman 70.3 Rhode Island - Providence, RI - Sunday, July 8
• Ironman 70.3 Racine - Racine, WI - Sunday, July 15
• Ironman 70.3 Timberman - Gilford, NH - Sunday, Aug. 19
• Ironman 70.3 Steelhead - Benton Harbor, MI - Sunday, Aug. 19
• Ironman 70.3 Muskoka - Huntsville, ON (Canada) - Sunday, Sept. 9
• Ironman 70.3 Augusta - Augusta, GA - Sunday, Sept. 30
• Ironman 70.3 Austin - Austin, Texas - Sunday, Oct. 28

Ironman will email each Ironman 70.3 National Harbor athlete a unique discount code within one week. The discount and code are non-transferable and for one-time use only. The discount is restricted to new registrations and will not be offered on existing entries. Entries will be processed on a first-come, first-served basis, and if an event closes during this time, it will no longer be available. This offer will expire on Oct. 1, 2012.

For reference purpose, this race was not owned by the Ironman or the World Triathlon Corporation, WSEM had the license to put on the event, thus they are the ones to blame.
 
 
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