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.
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.
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.