Ironman Ireland has this evening (Monday) announced its decision to postpone this year’s event, which was due to take place in Youghal this June.
Last year’s event attracted thousands of people to the East Cork town and the event is estimated to bring in an €8 million boost to the economy every year.
In a statement, a spokesperson for Ironman Ireland said: “We are committed to the safety and well-being of everyone in our race community in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic. We have been following and will continue to follow the recommendations of public health agencies and local authorities. At this time, we can confirm that the 2020 Ironman Ireland, Cork cannot take place as planned on June 21, 2020. Right now, our team is working diligently to secure venues and a new race date.
“In what has been a continually evolving and challenging time globally, we recognise that this decision due to the above-mentioned, unforeseen events may come as a disappointment. We appreciate your patience in this very dynamic time," the spokesperson added.
The IronKids Cork event is also postponed.
Ironman says registered athletes will receive an update on options by the end of the month.