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."
In this first video clip, Dave Scott talks about some of the physiological changes that result from a hard day of training, where the body is overloaded from intense exercise. Why is light exercise perhaps the most beneficial way to recover? Click on the video to find out:
However, some athletes do fall prey to over-training. Here is what happens in the body when an athletes trains too much, often requiring a recovery period of several months.
"The term over-reaching was adopted by exercise scientists to describe the short-term overload that can be managed within a few days. However, over-reaching can develop into over-training (from which it can be more difficult to recover) if the athlete does not mitigate the factors that caused the over-reaching or fails to allocate proper recovery time."
In this video, Dave explains just what occurs in the body when an athlete is over-reaching:
Here, Dave explains how to recognize over-reaching and how to combat it: