The Ironman 70.3 Costa Rica organization is analyzing whether it would be financially profitable to keep up the competition for a fourth consecutive year. This year, the third edition, left them very in the red.
Miami Tri Events is the company that brings the brand to the country. The 2017 triathlon had a high enrollment of 2,000 people but then in 2018 it dropped to 1,411. This Sunday only 1,319 people participated at Playas del Coco.
With this decrease of 37% in enrollment there are doubts as to whether it will happen next year. This drop also meant a drop in income and sponsors. They were unable to offer the Pro category because of lack of funds in the budget. The decision was to make the cut in the Pro category as to not affect the budget for security.
Financial results from all three years will be considered when it comes time to make the decision about 2020.
The first to cross the finish line was Rom Akerson but since he is Pro he was prohibited from winning, leaving Ernesto Espinoza with the first place title.