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Ironman Launches North American Pilot Race Transfer Program


New pilot transfer program allows athletes to transfer to open races in North America.

ironman transfer promoIronman athletes in North America now have a new option when it comes to issues related to not being able to get to the start line for a registered race. Things do come up, especially when registering for a race a year in advance. In the past athletes were governed by the tight refund policy, now they will have the option to transfer their entry to another Ironman or Ironman 70.3 event in North America if general entry slots are still available.

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IRONMAN has launched a pilot program in the United States and Canada that will allow athletes to transfer their entries to other open North American events.

"This program was designed in response to athlete feedback we've received over the years," says IRONMAN CEO Andrew Messick. "We understand that athletes want to race with us, but sometimes life gets in the way-injuries happen, weddings pop up or a job takes them across the country. With the transfer program we hope to address these issues by allowing IRONMAN athletes to transfer to another open race in North America. If they have a simple date conflict, they can move sooner or later in the calendar. If they have an injury, they can move down to a 70.3 distance or postpone to a later race. We're trying to give our athletes every opportunity to get in a race with IRONMAN."

A slightly altered version of the program has been available to IRONMAN athletes in Europe for a few seasons. The North American program includes many of the same elements.

Questions about the new program can be directed to transfers@ironman.com.

Here are the details and rules.

Rules & Conditions
1. The transfer option is available as a pilot program for North American IRONMAN athletes only.
2. This offer is not available to IRONMAN Los Cabos or IRONMAN Cozumel athletes presently.
3. There is a $50 transfer fee.
4. The event transferred into must be in the same calendar year as the original event year.
5. If an athlete is transferring from a higher priced race to a lower priced race, the athlete will not be refunded the difference.
6. If an athlete is transferring from a lower priced race to a higher priced race, the athlete will be required to pay the difference in addition to the transfer fee.
7. Entry into sold out events is not available.
8. Entry into events that only have Foundation and/or Charity slots open is not available.
9. Due to the pilot-nature of this program, we regret that entry out of or into the following events is not available. Unavailable North American events include: IRONMAN Los Cabos, Ford IRONMAN Cozumel, IRONMAN 70.3 Panama, IRONMAN 70.3 Monterrey, IRONMAN 70.3 Puerto Rico, Ochsner IRONMAN 70.3 New Orleans, IRONMAN 70.3 St. Croix, Endurafit IRONMAN 70.3 Eagleman, IRONMAN 70.3 Buffalo Springs Lake, IRONMAN 70.3 Vineman, IRONMAN 70.3 Calgary, Metlife IRONMAN 70.3 Cozumel, and City Bikes IRONMAN 70.3 Miami
10. Athletes must transfer out a race prior to 45 days before the race.
11. Athletes may transfer into eligible races until 45 days prior to the race date.
12. If a one-day USAT license was purchased along with the original race entry, it cannot be transferred to the new race and will need to be repurchased by the athlete.
13. Athletes may only transfer once per entry (no transferring to a race and then transferring again).
14. Transfers are applicable to individual race entries only - entries purchased through third-party charities and/or travel groups are not able to transfer.
15. Races to be transferred into must have been opened to the general public for at least ten days.