Yesterday we chatted with World Triathlon Corporation (WTC) CEO Andrew Messick about the Ironman swim course changes in Northern America. At the end of that conversation, we broke away from the swim topic to chat a bit the news earlier this week that, starting in 2014, the Ironman 70.3 World Championships will rotate around the world. Messick revealed that the announcement about the 2014 70.3 worlds venue is expected to be in three weeks. He also told us a bit about the reasoning behind the decision.
“The Ironman 70.3 World Championship should be, in our view, the second most important race in the world,” he said. “I think that having it always be in the United States has been great for North American athletes. It creates logistical and operational challenges for our athletes from Europe, South Africa, New Zealand, etc. Our belief is that we think there are so many fantastic venues, so many great race venues out there and so many great places for our athletes to go. To have a more conventional structure, which is consistent with how almost every other sport organizes their championship events, will give more athletes, particularly more athletes from other parts of the world, an opportunity to compete in a world championship event. It also gives athletes who are eager to travel an opportunity to race all around the world against the best in the world in really compelling venues.”
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