Santa Rosa Ironman 2020 race canceled; no return planned

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John Burgess / The Press Democrat

Ironman is out of Sonoma County, canceling two triathlons that previously were postponed, with no plans to return in 2021.

The pullout by the biggest brand in competitive triathlon comes after Ironman said it would no longer run its full-distance race from Lake Sonoma to Santa Rosa after 2020. As of late August, Ironman had decided to cancel both of its 2020 races, including the more popular half-distance event.

“Based on continued conversations with local authorities in relation to both the COVID-19 pandemic and ongoing wildfires in the Santa Rosa region, and with the health and safety of our community being an utmost priority, the Ironman 70.3 Santa Rosa and Ironman Santa Rosa triathlons cannot take place in 2020 and will not return in 2021 after assessing the near-term viability of the events,” Ironman said Aug. 27 in a statement.

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