Liz Perry, president and CEO of Travel Juneau, said the Ironman Alaska triathlon organizer called her to say that the decision arose from economic concerns like inflation and the potential for a recession.
Ironman Alaska finishers Richard Secretaria and Joseph Paray figure that, between themselves and their significant others, they spent around $8,000 on their trip.
Locals in Juneau loaned out their own personal bikes, opened up their homes to house athletes, even offered free car rides around town.
This weekend’s rain event is the result of an atmospheric river — a long, fat column of moisture aloft that looks a lot like a river in satellite imagery.
Business leaders in Southeast Alaska recently identified a lack of affordable housing as the top barrier to economic growth. It directly contributes to labor shortages.
The National Weather Service expects heavy rain again on Friday night — about the same time as the outdoor Ironman Alaska opening ceremony.
Suzanne Rinehart, from the Chicago area, decided to cancel her whole trip after trying to find a way to ship her bike to Juneau.
With only around 1,000 hotel rooms, the city proposed a creative solution: Incentivizing Juneau residents to go on vacation and rent their homes to athletes for a week.
The Ironman triathlon is coming to Juneau on August 7, 2022.