WTC travaille présentement pour trouver un nouvel emplacement pour la natation. Donc l’annulation et la transformation en duathlon est a oublier.
The Ironman Team continues to closely monitor the oil spill developments and potential impact to the Panama City Beach area. We are currently working with government agencies and local partners to identify possible swim venue options. Our team remains committed to ensuring the safety of all athletes and providing an Ironman experience that includes swim, bike and run. »Contingency planning is part of our day-to-day operations, » said Steve Meckfessel, WTC’s Chief Operations Officer. « While we can’t forecast swim and beach conditions in November, we are evaluating several course and venue options which will enable athletes to complete the entire event. »
Communication relating to contingency plans for Ford Ironman Florida will be released as soon as they are finalized. Ironman will reach out to all registered athletes via email, on www.ironman.com and through official press materials.
Richard Sanders, Vice President of Sports Marketing for the Panama City Beach Convention and Visitor’s Bureau comments. « We understand the concerns our visiting athletes have and consider their health and safety to be a top priority. We are working with Ironman and local officials to provide alternative plans for the swim portion of the race if the Gulf Coast oil spill does affect the waters currently utilized. If the swim location has to be moved, it will in not impact the caliber or integrity of this year’s Ford Ironman Florida. We look forward to welcoming this world-class talent and the event back to Panama City Beach. »