November 4, 2018, Lake Eva Park, 555 Ledwith Avenue, Haines City – starting at 4:30 a.m.
Due to the devastation wreaked by Hurricane Michael on Panama City Beach and surrounding Bay County, IRONMAN and our local partners have concluded that it will not be feasible to host IRONMAN Florida in its usual location this year. All resources in Panama City Beach and Bay County are rightly focused on public safety and the significant recovery efforts required.
The 20th edition of IRONMAN Florida will, despite Hurricane Michael, proceed. We are pleased to announce that the race will take place on Sunday, November 4 in Haines City, Florida, which is between Orlando and Tampa, and is the popular venue for IRONMAN 70.3 Florida.
IRONMAN is grateful that Haines City and surrounding Polk County have agreed to host IRONMAN Florida this year to help support Panama City Beach, Bay County, and IRONMAN. We would like to thank Polk County Sports Marketing and Haines City who have hosted the IRONMAN 70.3 Florida event for the past seven years and have been supportive of our emergency plans for IRONMAN Florida.
IRONMAN Florida will follow the IRONMAN 70.3 Florida course with certain modifications necessary to hold a full distance IRONMAN event. Details of the course, accommodation options and general information on the race will be provided in the coming days.
Athletes who have previously registered for IRONMAN Florida in Panama City Beach will be automatically registered for IRONMAN Florida in Haines City.
The IRONMAN Foundation has also launched a Humanitarian Relief Effort campaign to raise funds in response to Hurricane Michael in Panama City Beach. As part of the campaign, the IRONMAN Foundation has pledged $50,000 to support local recovery efforts and will match all donations received by IRONMAN Florida race weekend, up to $100,000. Join us in supporting the Hurricane Michael Humanitarian Relief efforts in three different ways: 1) Make a donation; 2) Buy a custom Humanitarian Relief T-Shirt to support recovery efforts; and 3) Volunteer for a local service project which will be held in May of 2019, providing hands-on rebuilding assistance as our friends in this area look to recover during this difficult time. More IRONMAN Foundation fundraising activities for Panama City Beach and Bay County will be announced in the coming days.
For full details on the IRONMAN Foundation Hurricane Michael Relief Effort and how to donate, purchase t-shirts or volunteer, visit www.ironmanfoundation.org/relief.
For regular updates, please continue to check the IRONMAN Florida Facebook page and the event website. A revised schedule of events, course maps, and other pertinent information will be posted as soon as it is available this week at www.ironman.com/florida. Athletes with questions can reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org.
We thank everyone for their understanding and ask that the community of Panama City Beach and Bay County is in your thoughts over the coming days and weeks.