A mainstay in the history of the Ironman, the Ironman lottery began in 1983 thanks to the vision of one of Ironman's founders, John Collins, as a way to provide athletes of all abilities the opportunity to qualify for the world's most challenging one day endurance event. The 2010 Ironman Lottery Program officially opened on Wednesday, October 1 and will close on Saturday, February 28, 2010.
All winning entries will be announced on Wednesday, April 15, 2010.
The lottery will select 200 competitors--150 from the United States and 50 international entrants--to compete at the 2010 Ford Ironman World Championship. The breakdown of how lottery selections is as follows:
There will be 150 lottery slots available to the U.S. applicants. ONLY U.S. CITIZENS WILL BE ENTERED. 100 names will be drawn from the Passport Club. 50 names will be drawn from the U.S. applicants and any unselected Passport Club members. Lottery selections will be available on April 15, 2010 at 12:00pm EST on Ironman.com.
There are 50 lottery slots available to International applicants. CITIZENS OF THE UNITED STATES WILL NOT BE ENTERED. 25 names will be drawn from the Passport Club. 25 names will be drawn from the International Applicants and any unselected Passport Club members. Lottery selections will be available on April 15, 2010 at 12:00pm EST on Ironman.com.
US/INTERNATIONAL SELECTED ATHLETES
Athletes who are SELECTED through the Ironman Lottery must have completed an event that is 70.3 (1.2 Mile, 56 Mile + 13.1 Mile) distance or greater within one year of the 2010 Ford Ironman World Championship to validate his/her lottery slot. Lottery winners must complete a validating race before August 31, 2010 and all validating information should be emailed to Lottery@ironman.com by August 31, 2010. Failure to comply will result in forfeiture of the lottery slot.
PHYSICALLY CHALLENGED LOTTERY APPLICANTS
Five names will be drawn for the October 9, 2010 Ford Ironman World Championship from the total applicants applying in the following Physically Challenged categories.
September 10, 2009 - World Triathlon Corporation (WTC), owner and organizer of the Ironman and 70.3 event brands, announces the launch of a new, comprehensive Anti-Doping Program.
Beginning this month, athletes competing in Ironman and 70.3 events are eligible for in- and out-of-competition drug testing. Additionally, a Registered Testing Pool (RTP) consisting of professional and elite age-group athletes who have qualified for either of the World Championships will be created. From this RTP, athletes will be selected for random testing.
"Ironman has been conducting testing since 1990, and this is our latest initiative to maintain the integrity of our testing program and keep the sport of triathlon drug-free," said Ben Fertic, president and CEO of the World Triathlon Corporation.
WTC signed and accepted the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) code in June of 2005 and has registered with WADA's Anti-Doping Administration and Management System (ADAMS). This system manages the athletes' whereabouts and racing calendars, in addition to serving as the results clearinghouse for the program. WTC will also work cooperatively with other National Anti-Doping Agencies (NADOs) to streamline testing initiatives and anti-doping efforts throughout the sport as a whole. The partner and service provider for all testing and administration will be the Association of National Anti-Doping Organizations -- Anti-Doping Service (ANADO-ADS).
Casey Wade, Executive Director of ANADO, applauded WTC's efforts, stating, "Putting this program in place clearly demonstrates a serious commitment to maintaining a clean sport and keeping doping out of Ironman's competitive arena."
Saturday, October 11, 2008 (Kailua-Kona, Hawaii) -- Today, Australia's Craig Alexander and Great Britain's Chrissie Wellington celebrated first-place titles at the 30th anniversary of the Ford Ironman World Championship in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii. Alexander, with an Ironman 70.3 World Championship title in addition to a second-place finish last year in Kona, crossed the line with a time of 8:17:45. Defending her current World Championship title, Wellington finished more than 10 minutes ahead of her fellow competitors at 9:06:23.
Alexander dominated an impressive men's field consisting of Ironman World Champions such as Chris McCormack, Normann Stadler and Faris Al-Sultan, and other top contenders including Chris Lieto, Eneko Llanos, Torbjorn Sindballe, Cameron Brown and Rutger Beke. Alexander, among the top 10 throughout the bike portion, further showcased his running prowess by taking the lead at the turnaround.
Australian Craig Alexander wins his first Ford Ironman World Championship.AP Photo/Chris Stewart
Pro Men's Top 10 Results
1. Craig Alexander, AUS -- 8:17:45
2. Eneko Burguera Llanos, ESP -- 8:20:50
3. Rutger Beke, BEL -- 8:21:23
4. Ronnie Schildknecht, SUI -- 8:21:46
5. Cameron Brown, NZL -- 8:26:17
6. Patrick Vernay, NCL -- 8:30:23
7. Andy Potts, USA -- 8:33:50
8. Mathias Hecht, SUI -- 8:34:02
9. Michael Lovato, USA -- 8:34:47
10. Eduardo Sturla, ARG -- 8:36:53
Despite mechanical trouble, Wellington took the women's lead approximately 30 miles into the bike and eclipsed the current women's run course record with a blistering marathon time of 2:57:44. Today's third-place female, Sandra Wollenhorst, also broke the women's run course record with a time of 2:58:35.
Pro Women's Top 10 Results
1. Chrissie Wellington, GBR -- 9:06:23
2. Yvonne Van Vlerken, NLD -- 9:21:20
3. Sandra Wallenhorst, DEU -- 9:22:52
4. Erika Csomor, HUN -- 9:24:49
5. Linsey Corbin, USA -- 9:28:51
6. Virginia Berasategui, ESP -- 9:29:15
7. Bella Comerford, GBR -- 9:34:08
8. Gina Ferguson, NZL -- 9:36:53
9. Gina Kehr, USA -- 9:37:06
10. Dede Griesbauer, USA -- 9:39:53
Chrissie Wellington of the United Kingdom claims her second title in a row.AP Photo/Chris Stewart
This year's Timex Ironman Watch Bonuses, totaling $20,000, were awarded to:
Bike -- Torbjorn Sindballe and Chrissie Wellington
Run -- Normann Stadler and Chrissie Wellington
In addition to a highly competitive professional field, a variety of inspirational age group athletes competed including Major League Baseball veteran Jeff Conine (Jeff Conine Steps Up to the Ironman Plate) with a time of 14:43:45, and Sean Swarner, a two-time cancer survivor with one lung, who crossed the line at 11:44:15. In addition, Keith Davids, Commanding Officer of Navy SEAL Team One, completed the event in 11:24:00.
The event saw 1,731 athletes officially start the 2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike and 26.2-mile run on the Big Island of Hawaii. NBC will air the 2008 Ford Ironman World Championship on December 13, from 2:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. EST. Please check your local listings for specific details.
For complete results from the 2008 Ford Ironman World Championship, visit www.ironman.com.
Jeff Conine, a 17-season major league baseball player, will take to the water and roads of Kona this weekend during the 2008 Ford Ironman World Championships. The two-time all star and two-time World Series champion is racing on a sponsor's exemption.
At 42-years-old and just over 200 pounds, Conine isn't exactly the svelte ex-pro taking on another sport like former pro cyclists Steve Larsen and Laurent Jalabert, who have both found success in Iron-distance racing. But then again, pro cycling and pro baseball are two different beasts.
"There are some similarities between baseball and triathlons: So much of it is mental. Triathlons are a grind, just like playing 162 games in a season is a grind. I prided myself on having a great work ethic, which is something my father taught me."
Think you have what it takes to tackle the famous Kailua-Kona course on the Big Island?
The 2009 lottery is officially open. Over 7,000 people will aim for one of the 150 slots given to U.S. citizens, 50 slots to international entrants and 5 slots reserved for physically challenged athletes.
"I've had problems with the Achilles on and off for the past 18 months," McGlone said today. "But I was able to manage it and race on it, and it seemed to be getting better in the spring, but it came back when I upped my mileage this summer and just became insurmountable. I couldn't do any running at all. I tried all kinds of rehab and it hasn't healed enough to do a marathon on it, so I'm going to have to miss Kona this year."
Asked when and how she made the final decision to pull out of the world championship, McGlone, a 2004 Olympian, replied, "I don't know if I ever really made the decision. It decided for me. It was pretty clear. When the race is three weeks out and you can't run for 20 minutes, it's pretty obvious what you have to do."
McGlone time of 9:14:04 last year in Kona was 5 minutes and 20 seconds behind women's winner Chrissie Wellington.
Sam McGlone exits T2 at the 2007 Ford Ironman World Championship. Photo: Jesse Hammond/Active.com
Michellie Jones will miss the 2008 Ironman World Championships in Kona to recover from an injury she suffered while competing in the Ironman 70.3 Cancun. Jones withdrew from the September 21 race in Cancun due to a slight tear in her right calf.
In a a press release on her website Jones said, "One of things that I learned from my disastrous defense of my Ironman World Championship title last year in Kona is that the Hawaiian Ironman is not a place to be unless you are 100 percent. I am really looking forward to coming back to Kona in 2009 with a vengeance. I am extremely disappointed and would like to sincerely thank all my Sponsors and Friends for their support."
The release also stated that "once the injury is resolved, Michellie plans to race several more long course events to finish out the season."
In her Kona debut, Jones won the 2006 women's Ironman World Championship in 9:18:31.
Michellie Jones at the bike check-in. Kona, 2007. Photo: Luke Smith/Active.com
First up, for night owls or early risers (depending on your time zone), is the live webcast of the ITU's BG Eilat World Cup men's and women's races. It's the final World Cup race of 2007, and if haven't watched one yet, you're missing out on two hours of exciting, world-class triathlon racing. The women's race starts tonight, Friday, at midnight Pacific time, 3 a.m. Eastern. The men's race starts little under four hours later, at 6:45 a.m. Eastern, 3:45 Pacific.
But the main event is Saturday afternoon. NBC's broadcast of the 2007 Ironman World Championship is at 4:30 Eastern, 1:30 Pacific. A production that has won several Emmy awards, the NBC telecast promises to show the triumphs of spirit and sport that made the 2007 Ironman in Kailua-Kona one to remember.
If that's not enough triathlon for you, tune in Sunday at 3 p.m. to the Versus network for Ironman Wisconsin. Check local listing for times in your area. A replay will be Wednesday at the same time.
If the multiple multi-sport telecasts tempt your tri-buds, there are plenty of big time triathlons opening their registration this weekend. Read about it on: Big Weekend For Tri Registration.
If the excitement of the Ironman World Championships is still lingering within you, now's your chance to take one step closer to competing in 2008. Lottery applications are currently being accepted. Notifications will be made on April 15, 2008. But remember, you must complete at least a 70.3-distance race before August 31 to claim your spot, should you win one.
If you haven't already, check out the new videos posted on our Ironman 2007 special section. We visit with some athletes just minutes before the start of the race and give you a front-row seat as a few final finishers cross the line before the midnight hour.
Our friends over at Endurance Planet have interviewed the newest Ironman title holder, Chris McCormack, as well as Ironman legend and Active Expert Dave Scott. Both are gearing up for a "Battle of the Ages" at November's Silverman half-Iron distance race near Las Vegas. Listen to podcasts with Macca and The Man.
One last bit of Ironman news: The Versus channel will be showing the 2007 Ford Ironman USA Lake Placid race on Sunday, October 28, at 4 p.m. A repeat will air on Wednesday, Oct. 31, at the same time.
On a day when more than a few title holders failed to cross the finish line, two first-time Ironman world champions made big-time statements. Chris "Macca" McCormack overcame an 11-minute deficit off the bike by running a 2-hour, 42-minute, 2-second marathon to claim the Ironman World Championship in 8:15:34.
The tri-valry between Macca, Faris Al-Sultan and defending champion Normann Stadler slowly evolved into Australian revelry over the course of the day. Al-Sultan did not start the race due to a stomach bug and Stadler, failing to keep up with the blistering bike pace set by American Chris Lieto and Denmark's Torbjorn Sindballe, pulled out during the second leg. A showered-and-dressed Stadler congratulated McCormack at the finish. McCormack passed Lieto during the run and never looked back, winning by three and a half minutes over fellow Australian Craig Alexander. Sindballe rounded out the top three.
Smiling and gripping the Union Jack for the final mile, Great Britain's Chrissie Wellington captured her first-ever Ironman World Championship in 9:08:45. In only her second race at this distance,Wellington turned a 2-minute, 44-second lead out of the second transition into a final margin of 5:20 over second-place finisher Samantha McGlone of Canada. Australian Kate Major finished 10:28 back.
Defending champion Michellie Jones, who was only 2:23 back from the leader after 30 miles on the bike, dropped out during that leg. Wellington, who wasn't among the top 10 women out of the water or at the 30-mile point on the bike, finished the leg in 5:06:15 and was the only female finisher in the top 10 to break the three-hour mark on the marathon, running a 2:59:58.
We've already had one marriage proposal (she said yes) shortly after the 11th hour. Who knows what else will happen as we climb toward the midnight cutoff. Remember to visit our Ironblog 2007 section for behind-the-scenes video, slideshows and pre-race interviews with Chris Lieto and Samantha McGlone.
First off the bike was Denmark's Torbjorn Sindballe (below) in 5 hours, 20 minutes, 40 seconds. Just under two minutes later, American Chris Lieto came through. Lieto would pass Sindballe within the first five miles of the run but Aussie Chris McCormack, perhaps bolstered by the news that Normann Stadler had bowed out of the race, surged by Lieto to take the lead and hold it with seven miles to go.
For the women, Chrissie Wellington (below) of Great Britain came in to T2 first and continues to lead midway through the run, "looking phenomenal" according to the IronmanLive coverage.
Samantha McGlone (below) is running strong behind her, about six or seven minutes back in second. Kate Major is currently third.
Before the sun came up, they were lining the roads toward the pier. Athletes, fans, friends and volunteers intermingled in pre-dawn Kona. They applied sunscreen in the dark, stretched the early-morning stiffness out of muscles and waited patiently to be herded toward the calm Pacific. Michellie Jones strode through the athletes waiting area on her way to the beach with a calm, regal demeanor.
"At the start of the race the energy is incredible. All the athletes are like deer in headlights," said Mike Reilly, the Voice of Ironman. "Getting everybody into the water is a difficult task because you have one little set of steps to go down from the pier."
An in-water start means athletes are treading water as they remain behind an imaginary line. "They're all looking up, waiting for something to happen," said Reilly. Professional men and women began together, 15 minutes before the mass of age-groupers.
Led along the course by legendary surfer Laird Hamilton on a stand-up paddleboard, American Linda Gallo led all swimmers for most of the leg. Spaniard Francisco Pontano was first out of the water in 51 minutes, 23 seconds. Gallo was two seconds behind.
Above: Samantha McGlone (62) leads Belinda Granger (58) out of transition.
Above: Australian Chris McCormack puts on his helmet as Americans Luke Bell (7) and Chris Lieto (9) prepare to exit the transition area.
The biggest news of the morning was the withdrawal of contender Faris Al-Sultan. The German apparently came down with a stomach bug that prevented him from starting the race. It was an unfortunate blow to the hype surrounding the tri-valry of Al-Sultan, McCormack and Normann Stadler that preceded the race.
Stay tuned for more blogs, videos and slideshows of the 2007 Ford Ironman Championship.
"You are an Ironman." To many triathletes, those words conclude a months-long journey of hard work, sweat, sacrifice and determination.
"A lot of times, I meet somebody on race week and they tell me how they've been training for eight months," recounts Mike Reilly, "and every time they're out on their bike they're chanting and repeating what they know I'm going to say: 'John Smith, you are an Ironman,'"
Reilly, who has been announcing the starts and finishes for the Ironman World Championships since 1989, has heralded in thousands of goal-fulfilling triathletes--from record setting pros to the final age-grouper hustling in seconds before midnight. Leading up to race day, Reilly is often told stories of why or for whom a particular athlete is racing.
"When they come across the line and I say their name and call them an Ironman, it's like validating everything they've done for the person they're doing it for or for themselves, and you can see it in their faces," he says. "It's amazing. It's a light-up that sometimes only happens once in a lifetime to people. From what I'm told, it's equally as important as physically crossing the finish line."
In addition to announcing at the finish line in Kona, Reilly also travels to Ironman races across North America. "The passions, the emotions and the expressions are the same at all Ironman finish lines anywhere in the world. Even if someone may not do Hawaii; if they finish Ironman Wisconsin or Ironman Germanyno matter where they finishthe accomplishment is the same. They've gone the same distance. They've had to train the same amount of time."
Not to say Hawaii isn't as relevant with the growth of long-distance triathlon. After all, it is the birthplace of Ironman and remains the world championships. Says Reilly, "It's when you get to Hawaii that you've made it to the pinnacle of the sport."
For Mike Reilly's choice of 10 unforgettable Ironman Hawaii moments, click here .
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Upon crossing the finish line in first place last year, Normann Stadler had a wreath put on his head and a lei put around his neck. Excited, but more importantly exhausted, Stadler took the wreath off and, depending on how the story is told, dropped it, tossed it or threw it to the ground. It was promptly picked up and handed back to him. He discarded it again.
Stadler told a group of San Diego triathletes that he found the wreath itchy and uncomfortable, as if thorns were digging into his head. (He had just completed an Ironman, after all.) And that he didn't mean any disrespect, he just wasn't in the mood to wear it. Before the awards ceremony the next day, he was pulled aside by organizers and told that what he had done was considered a grave display of disrespect to the Hawaiian people and the islands. He was then put through a purification ceremony before he was allowed to receive his medal.
Stadler's situation was a misunderstanding. He didn't mean to offend; the German was merely unaware of the significance of his act. It's a lessonin this time of destination events and global racing circuitsthat athletes of all abilities and endeavors can learn from.
Ironman athletes competing in Hawaii should understand that the islands have more deeply rooted customs and traditions than, say, Wisconsin or Lake Placid. Our latest story in the Ironman special section talks about the meaning behind the aloha spirit and how visitors can show proper respect to the culture of the Hawaiian islands.