Peasantman Triathalon cancelled for 2020

Staff Writer
The Chronicle Express
The Chronicle Express

Entries to be carried over for the 2021 race already in the works

The popular Peasantman race, which has become a staple in the local lineup of summer athletic competitions, is the latest pandemic casualty. Organizers announced Monday the cancellation of the event scheduled for Aug. 16, 2020.

Citing athletes’ inability to train properly (especially for swimming), the unlikelihood of landing sufficient race support or volunteers, and the inability to get a guarantee from state and local officials that a race will even be possible come August, they just could not delay a decision any longer. And even if the 2020 race were allowed to take place, they felt they would not be able guarantee the safety of competitors their #1 priority.

However, their new plan instead comes in two parts:

EVERY SINGLE COMPETITOR will automatically be deferred to 2021. This includes the individual 2019 winners who earned a free slot, and anyone who already deferred their 2019 registration to this year.

EVERY SINGLE COMPETITOR will be allowed to do a Virtual Peasantman 2020, while still automatically being registered for next year. (Details and rules coming soon).

Being a small race (and having never turned a profit) organizers say they are not able to issue any partial or full refunds. But this two-race-for-one solution means they will still take registrations for anyone wishing to do a Virtual Peasantman along with next year’s race on Sunday August 15, 2021. Competitors who feel they cannot make next year’s Peasantman race, still have until next summer to transfer their race entry to someone else. All deferral fees and transfer fees are waived during this time for 2020 registrants.

“There is still a lot for us to do in the meantime (such as revisions and updates to our website and social media accounts),” they report, “so we will be sending out more details soon to address any additional questions and concerns you may have. We look forward to seeing you virtually this summer, and in person in 2021.”