Following the cancellation of Ironman Japan, World Triathlon Corporation (WTC) and the Korea Triathlon Association will offer 50 qualifying slots for the 2010 Ford Ironman World Championship, held in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, at the Jeju International Triathlon (JIT) on 11 July 2010 on Jeju Island, South Korea.
The opportunity to race for these slots is available to athletes who were entered in the 2010 Ironman Japan event. Additionally, WTC has opened a limited number of entry places for international competitors who were entered in Ironman Japan.
These slots are being made available as a result of the cancellation of Ironman Japan due to the host venue’s concerns over the spread of foot and mouth disease.
Ironman Japan was scheduled to take place on 13 June 2010. “With the sudden and unexpected cancellation of Ironman Japan, we wanted to provide Japanese and regional athletes with the best possible alternative to qualify for Kona this year,” said Murphy Reinschreiber, WTC’s Managing
Director for Asia Pacific.
“While there were no opportunities in Japan to stage or cooperate with an existing Ironman distance event before September 1st, the qualifying deadline, the Jeju International Triathlon was the perfect alternative.
Jeju Island, Korea is an easy trip for Japanese athletes and the Jeju International Triathlon will provide athletes with a fair opportunity to qualify for Kona in a full-distance event.”
JIT will include an ‘IQ’ (Ironman Qualifier) division. Athletes entered in the IQ division will be eligible to compete for qualifying slots to the 2010 Ford Ironman World Championship. Age group awards will be determined by the overall (combined JIT and IQ) race results. All athletes who were entered in the 2010 Ironman Japan race are eligible to race in the IQ division and can enter the race by following this link.
Ironman Japan athletes are required to re-register to enter the IQ division. The entry fee is US$500. All race materials and finisher items for the IQ division will be branded ‘Ironman Japan’. Competitors registered for JIT before 10 June may upgrade to the IQ division for a fee of US$350.
IQ division registration opens on 11 June 2010 at 11 am (Japan Standard Time).
Over the coming days, WTC will be contacting displaced international Ironman Japan competitors in regards to entry places at other 2010 Ford Ironman World Championship qualifying events held around the world.