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Ironman postpones race

| May 5, 2020 1:00 AM

The 2020 Ironman 70.3 Coeur d’Alene triathlon has been pushed back to Sept. 6. It had been scheduled for June 28.

“In what has been a continually evolving and challenging time globally, we recognize that the postponement may come as a disappointment but look forward to providing athletes with an exceptional race experience in the future,” according to a statement on the Ironman website.

The race consists of a 1.2-mile swim, a 56-mile bike ride and a 13.1-mile run. It generally draws about 2,00 athletes to Coeur d’Alene.

Officials said the decision was made “With the health and safety of our community being an utmost priority, and based on the direction and recommendations of public health agencies and local authorities in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic.”

Other big races in the area have been pushed back, as well.

The Coeur d’Alene Marathon, Half-Marathon, 10K and 5K races have been rescheduled for Aug. 23, due to concerns over the coronavirus pandemic, organizers said.

The event was originally scheduled for May 24.

Bloomsday, a 7.46-mile run in Spokane scheduled May 3 that generally attracts about 40,000 runners and walkers, was postponed to Sept. 20.