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STC Will Not Renew License to Run Ironman 70.3 Shepparton

End of an Era- STC announces Campbell's Ironman 70.3 Shepparton Triathlon will not go ahead

ironman 70.3 sheppartonIt is with regret that today, The Shepparton Triathlon Club has announced it will not be seeking to renew a license to run an IRONMAN 70.3 distance event in Shepparton. Club President Stacey Cole stated "this decision has been extremely difficult for the volunteer organising committee and is one which has not been taken lightly. Much consideration has been given over the previous months to the negotiation of a new licensee agreement, however a number of factors have led to our decision including substantial difficulties in human and financial resourcing and risk management associated with delivery of the event" Ms Cole went on to state "that the Shepparton Triathlon Club is extremely proud of the long course race which has gone from strength to strength over its 16 year history in the Goulburn Valley. The race has provided the club with the opportunity to present itself on the world triathlon stage, donate substantial contributions back to local community and sporting groups, and provides an athlete experience which is second to none".

The Shepparton Half Ironman and subsequent 70.3 races have been run in the Kialla Lakes precinct since 1997. Under the global licence with IRONMAN since 2010 this event has been a qualifier for the IRONMAN 70.3 World Championships and Asia-Pacific Championships, and has seen professional and age group athletes from Australia and internationally lining up for their chance at victory or a course record.

Geoff Meyer, CEO of Ironman Asia Pacific, has expressed great appreciation for the partnership with the Shepparton Triathlon Club. "The Ironman 70.3 Shepparton has had a wonderful following amongst IRONMAN athletes in Australia. The event has a very positive reputation and the club has consistently delivered a great race for the athletes. Peter and the broader organising team have been highly valued partners. We understand the clubs decision at this time and sincerely thank the club and all involved for this partnership under our license agreement over the years. We wish the club well for the future. IRONMAN Asia Pacific will look for future opportunities due to the loss of this well respected event in our calendar".

The Shepparton Triathlon Club would like to take the opportunity to thank the commitment and tireless efforts of the event organisation committee, Campbell's, our naming right sponsor for all 16 years conducting these events, IRONMAN, our presenting partners City of Greater Shepparton, sponsors, the 500 strong group of volunteers. We also thank our amazing athletes who, over the years, have contributed to making the Campbell's IRONMAN 70.3 Shepparton such a successful event. Peter Guy, Race Director said "it has been an absolute pleasure to be involved in the delivery of such a premier event on the 70.3 race calendar. It has been personally rewarding and an experience that I value enormously. I have had the opportunity to work with some amazing people over many years and the race will leave a void for many on the committee and the community at large."