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Ironman makes changes to triathlon due to Hurricane Matthew

Changes are being made to the IRONMAN triathlon due to the effects of Hurricane Matthew.  (Source: IRONMAN) Changes are being made to the IRONMAN triathlon due to the effects of Hurricane Matthew.  (Source: IRONMAN)
WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) -

Changes are being made to the IRONMAN triathlon due to the effects of Hurricane Matthew. 

Flood damage to the outer-loop of the IRONMAN bike course will not allow those roads to be used for the race. 

Emergency services personnel will be assisting residents in the area. The IRONMAN triathlon will now consist of the full 2.4 mile swim, an altered bike course of 50 miles, and a full 26.2 mile run. The IRONMAN 70.3 triathlon will feature a 1.2 mile swim, the same 50 mile bike course and a 13.1 mile run. 

Both the 2016 PPD IRONMAN and IRONMAN 70.3 will remain qualifiers for the 2017 IRONMAN and IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship events. 

The IRONMAN Foundation will be making a $10,000 donation to those impacted in the race communities through The American Red Cross and the North Carolina Disaster Relief Fund.

Athletes interested in helping those in need within the community can donate through the IRONMAN Foundation, where 100 percent of the proceeds will be donated back to support the organizations mentioned above. 

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