The once popular IRONMAN 70.3 race on the tiny island of St. Croix will be the last one held under the Ironman banner after this years race takes place on May 7, 2017. IRONMAN 70.3 St Croix got its start back in 2001 after the re-branding of the established St. Croix Triathlon, which got it’s start 29 year ago.
The 70.3 race in Christiansted was popular due to the fact it had qualifying slots for the full IRONMAN World Championships race in Kailua-Kona.
The tough half iron distance triathlon in the Caribbean lost it’s popularity with the addition of various other IRONMAN 70.3 events around the world and the removal of the qualifying slots to Kona. The number of participants went down significantly, thus the final demise of this tiny IRONMAN 70.3 event.
“While this year’s triathlon has 35 qualifying berths for the 2017 Ironman 70.3 World Championships, scheduled for Sept. 9 in Chattanooga, Tennessee, Guthrie said the prestige of the two championship events isn’t the same.” – St. Croix Ironman to end after 2017
Registration is still open for the 2017 final running of IRONMAN 70.3 St Croix if you want a chance at one of the 35 IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship slots. Visit www.ironman.com/triathlon/events/americas/ironman-70.3/st.-croix.aspx
It is unclear if the triathlon event will continue after this years race under it’s original name.