Back in October when the 2013 Ironman European Tour dates had been formally announced, Ironman 70.3 Ireland was missing from the list even though there was a 5-year contract for the race to take place in Galway.
Soon after a message from race organizers stated "Just to let you know we are currently working with the authorities to confirm the 2013 event so the event has currently not been included in the confirmed Ironman European Tour schedule released earlier today"
Now it seems that funding issues have resulted in the true cancelation of what would have been the third year for Ironman 70.3 Ireland in Galway even with nearly 1,600 already pre-registered athletes for the 2013 event. Organizers expressed their sorrow via a message posted on on their Facebook fan page and expressed hope that the triathlon will be back in 2014.
"Just to confirm that unfortunately we were unable to conclude our negotiations with the authorities in time to open the race for 2013. Ironman are fully committed to Galway and Ireland and intend to continue working with our partners to be back in 2014 with a bigger and better event and a model that will sustain the future of Ironman in Ireland. To all those who took part in 2011 and 2012 the 1,500 plus who had pre registered for 2013 we hope to see you in 2014 and thank you for your support. We intend to open the entry for 2014 well in advance so keep an eye out."
The triathlon race took place in Galway which is situated on the west coast of the Emerald Isle and is gateway to the Connemara region, famous for its rugged mountains, lakes and coastline.
According to an article in the Galway City Tribune, it was estimated that the inaugural event in 2011 was worth more than €10 million to the local economy.
Organizers E&R Events claim that the lack of funding from Fáilte Ireland is to blame for this year's race cancellation.
"We put in an application to Fáilte Ireland for somewhere close to half what it normally costs a city to host an Ironman event," he said. "Fáilte Ireland at a local level were very supportive of this event, but we had to call it off when the funding was not forthcoming this year at a national level."
Event worth €10m to Galway is cancelled [via Galway City Tribune]
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