After months of uncertainty, Ironman announced today that Ironman 70.3 Rügen will not take place in 2019.
February 27, 2019 | NEWS|
There had been hints, but now it's official: Ironman 70.3 Rügen will not take place in 2019.
Race organizers sent this information to former participants of the race today. Despite all efforts, the host city has not been able to come to an agreement on continuing the race, according to the statement. (It did state that they are "working with all partners and the community to explore possibilities for the future.")
The background: The municipality of Binz had decided against a continuing Ironman 70.3 Rügen as, amongst other issues, the costs to the municipality were becoming too high. The mayor, Karsten Schneider, told tri-mag.de those costs were more than 200,000 euros.
Eight municipal councillors voted in favor of continuing contract negotiations with Ironman at a council meeting, but just as many were against it. That resulted in a stalemate that was tantamount to rejection. The contract had to be renegotiated as the original five-year contract had expired.
Whether there will be a sixth edition of the very popular race is uncertain.