Ironman World Championship

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The Ironman World Championship has been held annually in Hawaii since 1978, with an additional race in 1982. It is owned and organized by the World Triathlon Corporation. It is the annual culmination of a series of Ironman triathlon qualification races held throughout the world.


Swimmers at the start of the 2005 race
Swim start, October 15, 2005


From 1978 through 1980 the race was held on the island of Oahu, the course combining that of three events already held there: the Waikiki Roughwater Swim (2.4 mi./3.86 km), the Around-Oahu Bike Race (115 mi./185.07 km, originally a two-day event), and the Honolulu Marathon. The bike stage was reduced by 3 miles to link it to the start of the marathon course. In 1981 the race was moved to the less urbanized Big Island, keeping the distances the same: a 2.4 miles (3.86 km) open water swim in Kailua-Kona Bay, a 112 miles (180.25 km) bike ride across the Hawaiian lava desert to Hāwī and back, and a marathon (26 miles 385 yards, 42.195 km) run along the coast of the Big Island from Keauhou to Keahole Point and back to Kailua-Kona, finishing on Aliʻi Drive.

Since 1982, the race has been held in the fall each year, before which it was held in the spring, giving two races in 1982. The most recent Ironman World Championship took place on October 13, 2018. Qualifying for the World Championship is achieved through placement in one of the other Ironman races or some Ironman 70.3 races. For the 2017 event there were 40 qualifying Ironman races and 4 at the 70.3 distance [1] .

The current Ironman Hawaii course record was set in 2018 by Patrick Lange (Germany), whose winning time was 7 hrs 52 min 39 sec. The women's course record is 8 hrs 26 mins 16 sec, set in 2018 by Daniela Ryf (Switzerland) [2] .

Athletes with disabilities compete in the event in the physically challenged category, which was instituted in 1997, and are required to meet the same cutoff times as able bodied competitors. Australian John Maclean was the first physically challenged athlete to complete the event. [3]

Course records


Full Ironman7:52:39
Patrick Lange   Germany 2018 [4] [5]
Swim (3.862 km)46:29 Jan Sibbersen   Germany 2018 [6] [7]
Bike (180.246 km)4:09:06 Cameron Wurf   Australia 2018 [8] [9]
Run (42.195 km)2:39:45 Patrick Lange   Germany 2016 [10] [11]


Full Ironman8:26:16
Daniela Ryf    Switzerland 2018 [12]
Swim (3.862 km)48:14 Lucy Charles   United Kingdom 2018 [13]
Bike (180.246 km)4:26:07 Daniela Ryf    Switzerland 2018 [14]
Run (42.195 km)2:50:26 Mirinda Carfrae   Australia 2014 [15]



2018   Patrick Lange  (GER)7:52:39  Bart Aernouts  (BEL)7:56:41  David McNamee  (GBR)8:01:09
2017   Patrick Lange  (GER)8:01:40  Lionel Sanders  (CAN)8:04:07  David McNamee  (GBR)8:07:11
2016   Jan Frodeno  (GER)8:06:30  Sebastian Kienle  (GER)8:10:02  Patrick Lange  (GER)8:11:14
2015   Jan Frodeno  (GER)8:14:40  Andreas Raelert  (GER)8:17:43  Timothy O'Donnell  (USA)8:18:50
2014   Sebastian Kienle  (GER)8:14:18  Ben Hoffman  (USA)8:19:23  Jan Frodeno  (GER)8:20:32
2013   Frederik Van Lierde  (BEL)8:12:29  Luke McKenzie  (AUS)8:15:19  Sebastian Kienle  (GER)8:19:24
2012   Pete Jacobs  (AUS)8:18:37  Andreas Raelert  (GER)8:23:40  Frederik Van Lierde  (BEL)8:24:09
2011   Craig Alexander  (AUS)8:03:56  Pete Jacobs  (AUS)8:09:11  Andreas Raelert  (GER)8:11:07
2010   Chris McCormack  (AUS)8:10:37  Andreas Raelert  (GER)8:12:17  Marino Vanhoenacker  (BEL)8:13:14
2009   Craig Alexander  (AUS)8:20:21  Chris Lieto  (USA)8:22:56  Andreas Raelert  (GER)8:24:32
2008   Craig Alexander  (AUS)8:17:45  Eneko Llanos  (ESP)8:20:50  Rutger Beke  (BEL)8:21:23
2007   Chris McCormack  (AUS)8:15:34  Craig Alexander  (AUS)8:19:04  Torbjørn Sindballe  (DEN)8:21:30
2006   Normann Stadler  (GER)8:11:58  Chris McCormack  (AUS)8:13:10  Faris Al-Sultan  (GER)8:19:05
2005   Faris Al-Sultan  (GER)8:14:17  Cameron Brown  (NZL)8:19:36  Peter Reid  (CAN)8:20:04
2004   Normann Stadler  (GER)8:33:29  Peter Reid  (CAN)8:43:40  Faris Al-Sultan  (GER)8:45:14
2003   Peter Reid  (CAN)8:22:35  Rutger Beke  (BEL)8:28:27  Cameron Brown  (NZL)8:30:08
2002   Tim DeBoom  (USA)8:29:56  Peter Reid  (CAN)8:33:06  Cameron Brown  (NZL)8:35:34
2001   Tim DeBoom  (USA)8:31:18  Cameron Brown  (NZL)8:46:10  Thomas Hellriegel  (GER)8:47:40
2000   Peter Reid  (CAN)8:21:01  Tim DeBoom  (USA)8:23:10  Normann Stadler  (GER)8:26:45
1999   Luc Van Lierde  (BEL)8:17:17  Peter Reid  (CAN)8:22:54  Tim DeBoom  (USA)8:25:42
1998   Peter Reid  (CAN)8:24:20  Luc Van Lierde  (BEL)8:31:57  Lothar Leder  (GER)8:32:57
1997   Thomas Hellriegel  (GER)8:33:01  Jürgen Zäck  (GER)8:39:18  Lothar Leder  (GER)8:40:30
1996   Luc Van Lierde  (BEL)8:04:08  Thomas Hellriegel  (GER)8:06:07  Greg Welch  (AUS)8:18:57
1995   Mark Allen  (USA)8:20:34  Thomas Hellriegel  (GER)8:22:59  Rainer Müller-Hörner  (GER)8:25:23
1994   Greg Welch  (AUS)8:20:27  Dave Scott  (USA)8:24:32  Jeff Devlin  (USA)8:31:56
1993   Mark Allen  (USA)8:07:45  Pauli Kiuru  (FIN)8:14:27  Wolfgang Dittrich  (GER)8:20:13
1992   Mark Allen  (USA)8:09:08  Cristián Bustos  (CHI)8:16:29  Pauli Kiuru  (FIN)8:17:29
1991   Mark Allen  (USA)8:18:32  Greg Welch  (AUS)8:24:34  Jeff Devlin  (USA)8:27:55
1990   Mark Allen  (USA)8:28:17  Scott Tinley  (USA)8:37:40  Pauli Kiuru  (FIN)8:39:24
1989   Mark Allen  (USA)8:09:14  Dave Scott  (USA)8:10:13  Greg Welch  (AUS)8:32:16
1988   Scott Molina  (USA)8:31:00  Mike Pigg  (USA)8:33:11  Ken Glah  (USA)8:38:37
1987   Dave Scott  (USA)8:34:13  Mark Allen  (USA)8:45:19  Greg Stewart  (AUS)8:58:53
1986   Dave Scott  (USA)8:28:37  Mark Allen  (USA)8:36:04  Scott Tinley  (USA)9:00:37
1985   Scott Tinley  (USA)8:50:54  Chris Hinshaw  (USA)9:16:40  Carl Kupferschmid  (SUI)9:26:32
1984   Dave Scott  (USA)8:54:20  Scott Tinley  (USA)9:18:45  Grant Boswell  (USA)9:23:55
1983   Dave Scott  (USA)9:05:57  Scott Tinley  (USA)9:06:30  Mark Allen  (USA)9:21:06
1982 (Oct)   Dave Scott  (USA)9:08:23  Scott Tinley  (USA)9:28:28  Jeff Tinley  (USA)9:36:53
1982 (Feb)   Scott Tinley  (USA)9:19:41  Dave Scott  (USA)9:53:16  Jeff Tinley  (USA)9:53:16
1981   John Howard  (USA)9:38:29  Tom Warren  (USA)10:04:38  Scott Tinley  (USA)10:12:47
1980   Dave Scott  (USA)9:24:33  Chuck Neumann  (USA)10:24:41  John Howard  (USA)10:32:36
1979   Tom Warren  (USA)11:15:56  John Dunbar  (USA)12:03:56  Ian Emberson  (USA)12:23:30
1978   Gordon Haller  (USA)11:46:58  John Dunbar  (USA)12:20:27  Dave Orlowski  (USA)13:59:13


2018   Daniela Ryf  (SUI)8:26:16  Lucy Charles  (GBR)8:36:32  Anne Haug  (GER)8:41:57
2017   Daniela Ryf  (SUI)8:50:47  Lucy Charles  (GBR)8:59:38  Sarah Crowley  (AUS)9:01:38
2016   Daniela Ryf  (SUI)8:46:46  Mirinda Carfrae  (AUS)9:10:30  Heather Jackson  (USA)9:11:32
2015   Daniela Ryf  (SUI)8:57:57  Rachel Joyce  (GBR)9:10:59  Liz Blatchford  (GBR)9:14:52
2014   Mirinda Carfrae  (AUS)9:00:55  Daniela Ryf  (SUI)9:02:57  Rachel Joyce  (GBR)9:04:23
2013   Mirinda Carfrae  (AUS)8:52:14  Rachel Joyce  (GBR)8:57:28  Liz Blatchford  (GBR)9:03:35
2012   Leanda Cave  (GBR)9:15:54  Caroline Steffen  (SUI)9:16:58  Mirinda Carfrae  (AUS)9:21:41
2011   Chrissie Wellington  (GBR)8:55:08  Mirinda Carfrae  (AUS)8:57:57  Leanda Cave  (GBR)9:03:29
2010   Mirinda Carfrae  (AUS)8:58:36  Caroline Steffen  (SUI)9:06:00  Julie Dibens  (GBR)9:10:04
2009   Chrissie Wellington  (GBR)8:54:02  Mirinda Carfrae  (AUS)9:13:59  Virginia Berasategui  (ESP)9:15:28
2008   Chrissie Wellington  (GBR)9:06:23  Yvonne van Vlerken  (NED)9:21:20  Sandra Wallenhorst  (GER)9:22:52
2007   Chrissie Wellington  (GBR)9:08:45  Samantha McGlone  (CAN)9:14:04  Kate Major  (AUS)9:19:13
2006   Michellie Jones  (AUS)9:18:31  Desiree Ficker  (USA)9:24:02  Lisa Bentley  (CAN)9:25:18
2005   Natascha Badmann  (SUI)9:09:30  Michellie Jones  (AUS)9:11:51  Kate Major  (AUS)9:12:39
2004   Natascha Badmann  (SUI)9:50:04  Heather Fuhr  (CAN)9:56:19  Kate Major  (AUS)10:01:56
2003   Lori Bowden  (CAN)9:11:55  Natascha Badmann  (SUI)9:17:08  Nina Kraft  (GER)9:17:16
2002   Natascha Badmann  (SUI)9:07:54  Nina Kraft  (GER)9:14:24  Lori Bowden  (CAN)9:22:27
2001   Natascha Badmann  (SUI)9:28:37  Lori Bowden  (CAN)9:32:59  Nina Kraft  (GER)9:41:01
2000   Natascha Badmann  (SUI)9:26:17  Lori Bowden  (CAN)9:29:05  Fernanda Keller  (BRA)9:31:29
1999   Lori Bowden  (CAN)9:13:02  Karen Smyers  (USA)9:20:40  Fernanda Keller  (BRA)9:24:30
1998   Natascha Badmann  (SUI)9:24:16  Lori Bowden  (CAN)9:27:19  Fernanda Keller  (BRA)9:28:29
1997   Heather Fuhr  (CAN)9:31:43  Lori Bowden  (CAN)9:41:42  Fernanda Keller  (BRA)9:50:02
1996   Paula Newby-Fraser  (USA)9:06:49  Natascha Badmann  (SUI)9:11:19  Karen Smyers  (USA)9:19:13
1995   Karen Smyers  (USA)9:16:46  Isabelle Mouthon  (FRA)9:25:13  Fernanda Keller  (BRA)9:37:48
1994   Paula Newby-Fraser  (USA)9:20:14  Karen Smyers  (USA)9:28:08  Fernanda Keller  (BRA)9:43:30
1993   Paula Newby-Fraser  (USA)8:58:23  Erin Baker  (NZL)9:08:04  Susan Latshaw  (USA)9:20:40
1992   Paula Newby-Fraser  (ZIM)8:55:28  Julie Anne White  (CAN)9:21:40  Thea Sybesma  (NED)9:26:57
1991   Paula Newby-Fraser  (ZIM)9:07:52  Erin Baker  (NZL)9:23:37  Sarah Coope  (GBR)9:33:20
1990   Erin Baker  (NZL)9:13:42  Paula Newby-Fraser  (ZIM)9:20:01  Terri Schneider  (USA)10:00:34
1989   Paula Newby-Fraser  (ZIM)9:00:56  Sylviane Puntous  (CAN)9:21:55  Kirsten Hanssen  (USA)9:24:31
1988   Paula Newby-Fraser  (ZIM)9:01:01  Erin Baker  (NZL)9:12:14  Kirsten Hanssen  (USA)9:37:25
1987   Erin Baker  (NZL)9:35:25  Sylviane Puntous  (CAN)9:36:57  Paula Newby-Fraser  (ZIM)9:40:37
1986   Paula Newby-Fraser  (ZIM)9:49:14  Sylviane Puntous  (CAN)9:53:13  Joanne Ernst  (USA)10:00:07
1985   Joanne Ernst  (USA)10:25:22  Elizabeth Bulman  (USA)10:26:55  Paula Newby-Fraser  (ZIM)10:31:04
1984   Sylviane Puntous  (CAN)10:25:13  Patricia Puntous  (CAN)10:27:28  Julie Olson  (USA)10:38:10
1983   Sylviane Puntous  (CAN)10:43:36  Patricia Puntous  (CAN)10:49:17  Eva Ueltzen  (USA)11:01:49
  Julie Leach  (USA)10:54:08  Jo Ann Dahlkoetter  (USA)10:58:21  Sally Edwards  (USA)11:03:00
  Kathleen McCartney  (USA)11:09:40  Julie Moss  (USA)11:10:09  Lyn Brooks  (USA)
  Sally Edwards  (USA)
1981   Linda Sweeney  (USA)12:02:32  Sally Edwards  (USA)12:37:25  Lyn Brooks  (USA)12:42:15
1980   Robin Beck  (USA)11:21:24  Eve Anderson  (USA)15:40:59
1979   Lyn Lemaire  (USA)12:55:38

Paula Newby Fraser was a citizen and represented the United States for the 1993, 1994 and 1996 race ; Results

Ironman lottery

Until 2015, individuals could enter a lottery for the chance to participate in the Ironman World Championship. The lottery entry fee was $50 and afforded the chance to win one of 100 berths in the championship race. If selected the winners then had to pay the normal entry fee. [16]

However, according to a sworn complaint filed with the U.S. District Court in Tampa, Florida, Ironman illegally charged athletes for a chance to win the opportunity to compete in the Ironman World Championship. [17] [18] According to Florida law, the state where the World Triathlon Corporation resides, it is illegal to set up and charge for a lottery. [19] Because WTC charged a $50 fee to enter the lottery, instead of giving away the opportunity to win a slot at the championships, they were in violation of this law. [20] Following the complaint WTC cooperated with the United States Attorneys office and the FBI's investigation of the matter and agreed to forfeit $2,761,910, the amount collected from the lottery since October 24, 2012. [17] [21] The attorney representing the United States in the matter was 8-time Ironman finisher James A. Muench. [22]

Winners of the 2015 lottery were notified on March 17, 2015, prior to the announcement of the complaint. [18] WTC stated that these winners would be unaffected by this decision and that their slots for the upcoming championship race would be honored. [23]


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