IRONMAN has announced who is to be given a ‘golden ticket’ to Kona.
205 lucky and dedicated athletes will be competing in the iconic world championship race.
The IRONMAN Lottery and Legacy programs allow athletes of all abilities the chance to compete at the world’s most prestigious triathlon, the IRONMAN World Championship presented by GoPro. The IRONMAN Lottery began in 1983 and provides athletes ranging in athletic ability the opportunity to be a part of the world’s most challenging one-day endurance event.
The IRONMAN Legacy Program grants 100 loyal athletes an opportunity to compete in Kona at least once in their lifetime. To be eligible, athletes must have completed a minimum of 12 full-distance IRONMAN-branded races amongst other stipulations – it’s like the Nectar points of triathlon if you like!
This year’s IRONMAN winners look like this:
- 45 are US athletes
- 14 athletes are from Australia, 8 from Great Britain and 7 from both Canada and Germany
- Athletes range in age from 24 to 64
- As part of the IRONMANLottery program, a wounded female war veteran will compete
- As will a 19-time IRONMANtriathlon finisher from Atlanta
For a comprehensive list of Lottery and Legacy winners, visit www.ironman.com.
For athletes still looking to qualify for the IRONMAN World Championship KONA, the UK offers a fantastic opportunity to do so, with both IRONMAN UK AND IRONMAN Wales each having 50 qualifying slots available. IRONMAN UK has been analysed as one of the best events to qualify for Kona with the slowest qualifying times, whilst IRONMAN Wales enables athletes the opportunity to gain early qualification for 2015.