Got this in my email last week:
Dear JOSEPH VRABLIK!
I wanted to thank you for your dedication to IRONMAN and to our sport. I continue to be inspired by the devotion, determination, and incredible spirit displayed by you and other IRONMAN athletes. The IRONMAN Legacy Program was designed with athletes like you in mind. In return for the commitment you’ve made to IRONMAN, we will reward you with the opportunity to race at the IRONMAN World Championship in Kona.
Although you were not selected for participation in the 2017 IRONMAN World Championship, you are guaranteed selection for the 2018 program provided you maintain your eligibility by following the three steps below:
1. You will need to complete an IRONMAN (140.6) race in 2017;
2. You will need to register for an IRONMAN (140.6) race that takes place in 2018; and
3. You will need to re-apply to the Legacy Program after it opens in the fall of this year
IMPORTANT NOTE: If you qualify separately and compete in the 2017 IRONMAN World Championship, you will no longer be eligible for the program.
If you have any questions about your status or the process for securing eligibility in 2018, please do not hesitate to reach out to me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you again for your loyalty. Be strong and race safely.
Given that the “IMPORTANT NOTE” isn’t likely to ever apply to me, this gives me 19 months to properly prep. Kona, here I come.