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2008-09-11 10:58 AM

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Bummer.  Even though this race was hard to get to and a bit expensive it was on my radar of races to do in the near future...

 

Well it's finally official even though the writing has been on the wall for a while. The Ironman 70.3 Newfoundland race is gone. Just recently Ironman.com had pulled the race off its listing page of Ironman 70.3 triathlon events and you knew the end was coming. This is the second Ironman 70.3 race to be dropped from the series. Last year the Ironman 70.3 Baja race was pulled from the schedule.

Bye Bye Newfoundland 70.3, Off To Greener Pastures via TRIjuice 

  



Edited by trinick67 2008-09-11 11:02 AM


2008-09-11 11:01 AM
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I'm not psychic.  Care to elaborate?
2008-09-11 11:04 AM
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sorry, i started typing before the wysiwyg editor was done loading and i guess i hit a wrong key because the thread posted before i got to write anything...
2008-09-11 6:45 PM
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I miss Baja, that was on my radar.

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2008-09-11 7:58 PM
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Me too! Baja sounded like a great place to go race. I was really bummed out last year when in died.  Newfoundland was just too remote.
2008-09-11 8:30 PM
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Good I am not a big fan of France anyway.


2008-09-11 10:54 PM
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thats sucks, I was in the planing stages of doing that HIM. My parents and my family have been looking forward to the trip/race as we have never been that far east. Oh well
2008-09-12 9:11 AM
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that does suck, I was hoping to do it someday.

why did they pull it? Just not enough entries?
2008-09-12 2:29 PM
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FishHog - 2008-09-12 10:11 AM that does suck, I was hoping to do it someday. why did they pull it? Just not enough entries?

 Yes.  I had considered it, but it was something like 40hours of driving, requiring multiple ferries and I live in CT.  No easy way to fly either.

2008-11-06 12:41 PM
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Just came across this topic.  Damn that sucks.  I really wanted to do this 70.3 in the next couple of years.  From what I've read, the problem (unlike a remote location like Cancun) are there aren't enough cheap, direct flights.  They don't have their own national airline and until they do, they are going to suffer from less tourism due to the travel cost to get there.  Maybe one day in the years to come it'll come back to life. 
2008-11-06 1:01 PM
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last I checked we still had AirCanada...


2008-11-06 2:05 PM
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BigDH - 2008-11-06 2:01 PM last I checked we still had AirCanada...

This was posted in an article from:  http://www.thewesternstar.com/index.cfm?sid=170220&sc=24

“We just kind of came to the realization that no matter how hard we try here, we don’t have the local population (within an eight to 12 hour drive),” he added. “And we don’t have that mass availability of cheap flights like you would have, say, in Cancun, to bring people in at a reasonable rate that is comparable to what they could get in their neck of the woods."

And then below the article the first comment reads:

"Like everything tourism related in Newfoundland, it all comes down to affordable air links. The demise of the Ironman 70.3 shows yet again the need for Newfoundland to establish our own “national carrier” airline with reasonable airfares."

I guess they mean they need an AirNewFoundland ...

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