Ironman 70.3

An Ironman 70.3, also known as a Half Ironman, is one of a series of long-distance triathlon races organized by the World Triathlon Corporation (WTC). The "70.3" refers to the total distance in miles (113.0 km) covered in the race, consisting of a 1.2-mile (1.9 km) swim, a 56-mile (90 km) bike ride, and a 13.1-mile (21.1 km) run. Each distance of the swim, bike, and run segments is half the distance of that segment in an Ironman Triathlon. The Ironman 70.3 series culminates each year with a World Championship competition, for which competitors qualify during the 70.3 series in the 12 months prior to the championship race. In addition to the World Championship race, Ironman 70.3 championship competitions are also held for the European, Asia-Pacific, and Latin America regions.[1][2][3]

The time needed by an athlete to complete a 70.3 distance event varies from race to race and can be influenced by external factors. These factors include the terrain and the total elevation gained and lost on the course, weather conditions, and course conditions. Finish times range from sub-four-hour completion times by elite level athletes to the imposed race cut off, which is commonly 8 hours and 30 minutes after the start time.[4][5][6]

Ironman 70.3 World ChampionshipEdit

Qualification into the Ironman 70.3 World Championship can be obtained through the Ironman 70.3 series of events held during the 12-month qualification period prior to the championship. Some Ironman 70.3 events also act as qualifiers for the full Ironman World Championship in Hawaii, USA.[7] Professional triathletes qualify for the championship race by competing in races during the qualifying period, earning points towards their pro rankings. An athlete's five highest-scoring races are counted toward their pro rankings. The top 50 males and top 35 females in the pro rankings qualify for the championship race.[8]

Amateur triathletes can qualify for the championship race by earning a qualifying slot at one of the qualifying events. At qualifying events, slots are allocated to each age group category, male and female, with the number of slots given out based on that category's proportional representation of the overall field. Each age group category is tentatively allocated one qualifying spot in each qualifying event.

From its first year as a championship race series in 2006 until 2010, the Ironman 70.3 World Championships were held in Clearwater, Florida, USA during the month of November. In 2011, the 70.3 Championship venue changed to Las Vegas along with date of the event moved up in the calendar to September. Lake Las Vegas is the site of the event's swim.[9] For 2014 and all following years the location for the 70.3 Championship will change each year.

Men's championshipEdit

Year Gold Silver Bronze
2006   Craig Alexander (AUS)   Simon Lessing (GBR)   Richie Cunningham (AUS)
2007   Andy Potts (USA)   Oscar Galíndez (ARG)   Andrew Johns (GBR)
2008   Terenzo Bozzone (NZL)   Andreas Raelert (GER)   Richie Cunningham (AUS)
2009   Michael Raelert (GER)   Daniel Fontana (ITA)   Matthew Reed (USA)
2010   Michael Raelert (GER)   Filip Ospalý (CZE)   Timothy O'Donnell (USA)
2011   Craig Alexander (AUS)   Chris Lieto (USA)   Jeff Symonds (CAN)
2012   Sebastian Kienle (GER)   Craig Alexander (AUS)   Bevan Docherty (NZL)
2013   Sebastian Kienle (GER)   Terenzo Bozzone (NZL)   Joe Gambles (AUS)
2014   Javier Gómez (ESP)   Jan Frodeno (GER)   Tim Don (GBR)
2015   Jan Frodeno (GER)   Sebastian Kienle (GER)   Javier Gómez (ESP)
2016   Timothy Reed (AUS)   Sebastian Kienle (GER)   Ruedi Wild (SUI)
2017   Javier Gómez (ESP)   Ben Kanute (USA)   Tim Don (GBR)
2018   Jan Frodeno (GER)   Alistair Brownlee (GBR)   Javier Gómez (ESP)
2019   Gustav Iden (NOR)   Alistair Brownlee (GBR)   Rodolphe Von Berg (USA)

Women's championshipEdit

Year Gold Silver Bronze
2006   Samantha McGlone (CAN)   Lisa Bentley (CAN)   Mirinda Carfrae (AUS)
2007   Mirinda Carfrae (AUS)   Samantha McGlone (CAN)   Leanda Cave (GBR)
2008   Joanna Zeiger (USA)   Mary Beth Ellis (USA)   Becky Lavelle (USA)
2009   Julie Dibens (GBR)   Mary Beth Ellis (USA)   Magali Tisseyre (CAN)
2010   Jodie Swallow (GBR)   Leanda Cave (GBR)   Magali Tisseyre (CAN)
2011   Melissa Rollison (AUS)   Karin Thürig (SUI)   Linsey Corbin (USA)
2012   Leanda Cave (GBR)   Kelly Williamson (USA)   Heather Jackson (USA)
2013   Melissa Hauschildt (AUS)   Heather Jackson (USA)   Annabel Luxford (AUS)
2014   Daniela Ryf (SUI)   Jodie Swallow (GBR)   Heather Wurtele (CAN)
2015   Daniela Ryf (SUI)   Heather Wurtele (CAN)   Anja Beranek (GER)
2016   Holly Lawrence (GBR)   Melissa Hauschildt (AUS)   Heather Wurtele (CAN)
2017   Daniela Ryf (SUI)   Emma Pallant (GBR)   Laura Philipp (GER)
2018   Daniela Ryf (SUI)   Lucy Charles (GBR)   Anne Haug (GER)
2019   Daniela Ryf (SUI)   Holly Lawrence (GBR)   Imogen Simmonds (SUI)

LocationEdit

Year Location
2006–2010 Clearwater, Florida, USA
2011–2013 Henderson, Nevada, USA
2014 Mont-Tremblant, Quebec, Canada
2015 Zell am See-Kaprun, Austria
2016 Mooloolaba, Queensland, Australia
2017 Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA
2018 Nelson Mandela Bay, South Africa
2019 Nice, Alpes-Maritimes, France
2020 Taupo, New Zealand

Ironman 70.3 historyEdit

The first Half Ironman branded race was Half Ironman UK, which was raced in 2001.[10][11] However, prior to the launch of the 70.3 series in 2005, races were then known as Half Ironman before adopting the Ironman 70.3 label.[12] The oldest half-iron-distance race, though not under the WTC umbrella at the time, is the Superfrog Triathlon, which began in 1979.[13][14]

The number of qualification events within the 70.3 series has grown since its inception, growing to match the popularity of the sport and interest in the distance.[15] Since the first year of the Ironman 70.3 Championship race in 2006 the series grew from 14 events to over 60 events in the span of seven years. The 2016 series saw 89 events worldwide, with the biggest one-year increase in the number of events coming between the 2011 and 2012 series when the number of races grew from 38 to 57.

Ironman 70.3 recordsEdit

Event Record Athlete Nationality Date Location Ref
Men Ironman 70.3 Bahrain 3:25:21
(22:26-1:45-1:52:52-2:09-1:07:00)
Kristian Blummenfelt   Norway December 7, 2019 Manama, Bahrain [16][17]
Women Ironman 70.3 Bahrain 3:52:51
(23:16-1:50-2:04:13-1:58-1:21:35)
Holly Lawrence   United Kingdom December 7,2019 Manama, Bahrain [18]

Half-iron distance recordsEdit

Event Record Athlete Nationality Date Location Ref
Men Ironman 70.3 Bahrain 3:25:21
(22:25-1:45-1:52:03-2:09-1:07:00)
Kristian Blummenfelt   Norway December 7,2019 Manama, Bahrain [16]
Women Ironman 70.3 Bahrain 3:52:51
(23:16-1:50-2:04:13-1:58-1:21:35)
Holly Lawrence   United Kingdom December 7, 2019 Manama, Bahrain [18]

Ironman 70.3 seriesEdit

There are about 120 Half Ironman distance races globally.Races within the series typically get added or removed each year[19]

AfricaEdit

  • Ironman 70.3 Durban
  • Ironman 70.3 Marrakech
  • Ironman 70.3 South Africa

AsiaEdit

  • Ironman 70.3 Astana
  • Ironman 70.3 Bangsaen
  • Ironman 70.3 Bintan
  • Ironman 70.3 Davao Philippines
  • Ironman 70.3 Desaru Coast
  • Ironman 70.3 Dubai
  • Ironman 70.3 Goa
  • Ironman 70.3 Goseong
  • Ironman 70.3 Japan
  • Ironman 70.3 Langkawi
  • Ironman 70.3 Liuzhou
  • Ironman 70.3 Lombok
  • Ironman 70.3 Middle East Championship Bahrain
  • Ironman 70.3 Oman
  • Ironman 70.3 Philippines
  • Ironman 70.3 Salalah
  • Ironman 70.3 Subic Bay
  • Ironman 70.3 Taiwan
  • Ironman 70.3 Viet Nam
  • Ironman 70.3 Xiamen
  • Ironman 70.3 Xi'an

EuropeEdit

  • Ironman 70.3 Aix-en-Provence
  • Ironman 70.3 Alcúdia-Mallorca
  • Ironman 70.3 Barcelona
  • Ironman 70.3 Duisburg
  • Ironman 70.3 European Championship Elsinore
  • Ironman 70.3 Finland
  • Ironman 70.3 Gdynia
  • Ironman 70.3 Graz
  • Ironman 70.3 Greece
  • Ironman 70.3 Italy Emilia Romagna
  • Ironman 70.3 Jönköping European TriClub Championship
  • Ironman 70.3 Kraichgau
  • Ironman 70.3 Lanzarote
  • Ironman 70.3 Les Sables d'Olonne-Vendée
  • Ironman 70.3 Luxembourg - Région Moselle
  • Ironman 70.3 Marbella
  • Ironman 70.3 Nice
  • Ironman 70.3 Portugal - Cascais
  • Ironman 70.3 Sardegna
  • Ironman 70.3 Slovenian Istria
  • Ironman 70.3 St. Petersburg
  • Ironman 70.3 Staffordshire
  • Ironman 70.3 Switzerland
  • Ironman 70.3 Tallinn
  • Ironman 70.3 Turkey
  • Ironman 70.3 Vichy
  • Ironman 70.3 Westfriesland
  • Ironman 70.3 Weymouth
  • Ironman 70.3 Zell am See Kaprun

North AmericaEdit

  • Ironman 70.3 Arizona
  • Ironman 70.3 Atlantic City
  • Ironman 70.3 Augusta
  • Ironman 70.3 Boulder
  • Ironman 70.3 Calgary
  • Ironman 70.3 Campeche
  • Ironman 70.3 Chattanooga
  • Ironman 70.3 Coeur d'Alene
  • Ironman 70.3 Connecticut
  • Ironman 70.3 Cozumel
  • Ironman 70.3 Des Moines
  • Ironman 70.3 Eagleman
  • Ironman 70.3 Florida
  • Ironman 70.3 Gulf Coast
  • Ironman 70.3 Hawaii
  • Ironman 70.3 Indian Wells La Quinta
  • Ironman 70.3 Lake Placid
  • Ironman 70.3 Los Cabos
  • Ironman 70.3 Lubbock
  • Ironman 70.3 Maine
  • Ironman 70.3 Memphis
  • Ironman 70.3 Mont Tremblant
  • Ironman 70.3 Monterrey
  • Ironman 70.3 Muncie
  • Ironman 70.3 Muskoka
  • Ironman 70.3 Musselman
  • Ironman 70.3 North Carolina
  • Ironman 70.3 Oceanside
  • Ironman 70.3 Ohio
  • Ironman 70.3 Panama
  • Ironman 70.3 Puerto Rico
  • Ironman 70.3 Santa Cruz
  • Ironman 70.3 Santa Rosa
  • Ironman 70.3 St. George
  • Ironman 70.3 Steelhead
  • Ironman 70.3 Superfrog
  • Ironman 70.3 Texas
  • Ironman 70.3 Traverse City
  • Ironman 70.3 Victoria
  • Ironman 70.3 Virginia's Blue Ridge
  • Ironman 70.3 Waco
  • Ironman 70.3 Washington
  • Ironman 70.3 Wisconsin

OceaniaEdit

  • Ironman 70.3 Busselton
  • Ironman 70.3 Cairns
  • Ironman 70.3 Geelong
  • Ironman 70.3 Melbourne
  • Ironman 70.3 New Zealand
  • Ironman 70.3 Port Macquarie
  • Ironman 70.3 Sunshine Coast
  • Ironman 70.3 Taupo
  • Ironman 70.3 Western Australia
  • Ironman 70.3 Western Sydney
  • Ironman 70.3 World Championship Taupo

South AmericaEdit

  • Ironman 70.3 Bariloche
  • Ironman 70.3 Buenos Aires
  • Ironman 70.3 Cartagena
  • Ironman 70.3 Coquimbo
  • Ironman 70.3 Ecuador
  • Ironman 70.3 Florianopolis
  • Ironman 70.3 Fortaleza
  • Ironman 70.3 Maceió
  • Ironman 70.3 Pucón
  • Ironman 70.3 Punta del Este
  • Ironman 70.3 Rio de Janeiro
  • Ironman 70.3 São Paulo

ReferencesEdit

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