On October 11, the triathlon world will find out who the best in the world is--and thousands more will achieve a dream. Tune in to Active.com's coverage of the 2008 Ford Ironman World Championship and find out what's going on in Kona.
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."