The news out of Germany is that there will be no Ironman 70.3 Berlin triathlon race this year. The triathlon event was supposed to take place on July 13, 2014.
Despite a successful event in 2013, the reason for the cancellation appears to be the proposed 3-loop bike course through the district of Reinickendorf in the northern part of the city. The prospects for finding a suitable location were looking very positive: the ideal triathlon area was found in the district of Reinickendorf with the support of a sports enthusiastic mayor. But the course was not approved by the local authorities due to traffic concerns. Despite several concessions on the side of SCC EVENTS the city did not grant the required permissions. Thus the triathlon unfortunately had to be cancelled.
“We are very disappointed that it is not possible to host such a high-quality sporting event like this one in the capital,” said SCC Events spokesman Thomas Steffens. “We had hoped – even if it was not in the city center – that it would be possible to organize a triathlon of great international importance in a section of the city that is otherwise not overloaded with such sporting events.”
He continued, “On the other hand, we also must realize that a triathlon cannot be compared with running events, in which much greater numbers of participants are involved. As the organizer of major international running events, we have to accept that it is not possible to put on a high caliber and internationally oriented triathlon in Berlin.”
The official statement from the organizers is as follows:
We regret to inform you that the Ironman 70.3 Berlin 2014 will not take place. Despite the efforts of our licensee SCC Events which presented various bike courses, the city of Berlin refused all of them. As athletes we know you have trained to race in this specific event and we understand your frustration. After all, Ironman is not just a race or a series, but a passion that drives and unites all of us.
Ironman has committed to make all athletes affected by the cancellation of the race a special offer in order to continue your Ironman 70.3 journey. If you are currently registered for the race, expect an e-mail with an offer soon.