"Race management is closely monitoring the wind conditions forecast for race day, and considering all options. When we have a clearer understanding of the implications of the weather on the race, we will get that information to you ASAP via email within the next 24 hours. Stay tuned." -Bill Burke, Race Director
It's two days before the race and you are now considering all options? PLAN AHEAD FOR POSSIBLE CONDITIONS. It's not like thunderstorms in the spring are rare in south Louisiana. The "bad luck" card worked last year. Us triathletes are a forgiving bunch. We all make a mistake or two on race day, but you damn well know we don't do it again the following race. This cheese dick is running a shit show and we are all in for a ride.
Athletes: Due to forecasted high winds and a wind advisory, the swim portion of the 2012 Ochsner Ironman 70.3 New Orleans has been officially cancelled. It will be replaced with a 2-mile run that wil begin at 7 a.m. in front of the UNO Research and Technology Park. Because of weather concerns today, Saturday, April 21, and expected high winds this evening, bike check-in will close at 7 p.m. today and is now optional. Bike check-in will resume at 4:30 a.m. tomorrow, race morning, and will continue until 6 a.m. Thank you for you cooperation. We will continue to keep you posted with further updates. Bill Burke, Race Director
Dear Ochsner IRONMAN 70.3 New Orleans Athlete, Thank you for your patience and understanding last weekend. Having to restructure an event due to severe weather is not just disappointing to you, but to us as well. The decision, while difficult, was crucial to ensure athlete safety. We are committed to helping participants reach their goal of racing an IRONMAN 70.3 and will provide two special offers to those impacted by Sunday’s weather. 2012 participants – including relay teams - will be eligible to sign up for the 2013 Ochsner IRONMAN 70.3 New Orleans at a discounted rate of $150 dollars. We are actively working to secure a new, protected swim venue for 2013. Ochsner IRONMAN 70.3 New Orleans athletes will also be offered a $50 discount to one of the IRONMAN 70.3 events listed below. The discount is restricted to new registrations and will not be offered on existing entries. Both offers will be available for two weeks, with registration beginning on Friday, April 27, at noon ET and ending on Friday, May 11, at noon ET. Entries will be offered on a first-come, first-served basis, and if an event closes during this process, it will no longer be available. RACES INCLUDE: • IRONMAN 70.3 Florida - Haines City, FL - Sunday, May 20 • IRONMAN 70.3 Mooseman – Newfound Lake, NH - Sunday, June 3 • IRONMAN 70.3 Boise - Boise, Idaho - Saturday, June 9 • IRONMAN 70.3 Kansas - Lawrence, KS - Sunday, June 10 • IRONMAN 70.3 Syracuse - Syracuse, NY - Sunday, June 24 • Affresh IRONMAN 70.3 Muncie - Muncie, IN - Saturday, July 7 • Amica IRONMAN 70.3 Rhode Island - Providence, RI - Sunday, July 8 • IRONMAN 70.3 Racine - Racine, WI - Sunday, July 15 • IRONMAN 70.3 Timberman - Gilford, NH - Sunday, Aug. 19 • IRONMAN 70.3 Steelhead - Benton Harbor, MI - Sunday, Aug. 19 • Subaru IRONMAN 70.3 Muskoka - Huntsville, ON (Canada) - Sunday, Sept. 9 • ESi IRONMAN 70.3 Augusta - Augusta, GA - Sunday, Sept. 30 • IRONMAN 70.3 Austin - Austin, Texas - Sunday, Oct. 28 Interested? To take advantage of one of these offers, email Susan@pem-la.com. Athletes interested in the $50 discount must provide their Ochsner IRONMAN 70.3 New Orleans bib number along with their race choice in the body of the email. Athletes will receive a response with detailed registration instructions within 10 days. Thank you again for your understanding, and we look forward to seeing you at an IRONMAN 70.3 race this season! - The IRONMAN Team