Ironman to take place at the end of September with changes in store


AUGUSTA, Ga. (WJBF) – A Garden City tradition is still on, but it’s going to look different because of coronavirus.

“Foks that are in it to win it, right now, I’m sure they’re all conditioning and keeping up what they need to do to be ready for race day,” said Michelle Naval, Operations Manager of the Augusta Sports Council.

Augusta’s Ironman Triathlon is planned for September 27. People from all over the world come to the CSRA to put themselves to the test.

Naval said, “We’re planning the same things that we typically do even without COVID.”

The course route is not changing. A 1.2-mile swim in the Savannah River, a 56-mile bike course through South Augusta, then finally, a 13.1-mile run to finish line in downtown. But this year there will be health measures to reduce touchpoints.

“Reducing the number of folks that they have coming in at expo. Streamlining the way that they go in to pick up their packets to have volunteers interact with them. For example, volunteers aren’t handing out water directly to the athletes. They’ll instead have tables set up so athletes will serve themselves,” explained Naval.

Athletes will be given a face mask as part of their race day packet and are expected to wear it. Temperatures will be taken at several venues and there will be hand sanitizer stations along the path of the race.

Naval added, “As well as different start times. So instead of the consistent wave of people going into the water, it’s going to be one at a time at specific distances.”

These plans are tentative but if anything changes we will let you know.

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