Hoopfest was recently pushed back to August, Bloomsday is rescheduled for September, and Ironman Coeur d’Alene – another one of the region’s foremost outdoor athletic events – was officially postponed Monday.
The 70.3-mile edition of the triathlon was originally slated for June 28, but officials pushed the event back to Sept. 6 due to COVID-19 concerns.
“In what has been a continually evolving and challenging time globally, we recognize that the postponement may come as a disappointment,” the Ironman organization said in a news release. “But (we) look forward to providing athletes with an exceptional race experience in the future.”
The event brings around $4 million to the Coeur d’Alene economy each year, according to the North Idaho Sports Commision.
Entrants can receive a partial refund if the new date doesn’t fit their plans or a free transfer to future Ironman 70.3 races around the country.
The full, 140.6-mile Ironman triathlon – a 2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike ride and 26.2-mile run – returns to Coeur d’Alene in 2021 after a three-year hiatus. The 70.3-mile event will come back in 2022.
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