Nearly 2,500 of the world’s top athletes will converge on 7 September in Mont-Tremblant, Québec, Canada to compete in the 2014 Subaru Ironman 70.3 World Championship. The oldest participant, Bob Scott, an 83 year-old man from Naperville, Illinois and the youngest, Emma Langley, an 18 year-old female from Cos Cob, Connecticut are among the competitors hailing from 87 different countries in hopes of winning an age-group World Championship title.
In 2013, Mont Tremblant in Québec was confirmed as the destination for the 2014 Ironman 70.3 World Championship. Early in May 2013, Ironman brand owner World Triathlon Corp (WTC) confirmed that, starting in 2014, the Ironman 70.3 World Championship triathlon will rotate globally among different regions on an annual basis.
Outside of Kona, Hawai’i, Mont-Tremblant has arguably become the second most important location for Ironman racing worldwide. The location has a further honour up its sleeve. As, in October 2012, WTC and officials from the city of Mont-Tremblant in Québec, Canada, announced that Ironman Mont-Tremblant was officially designated as the Ironman North American Championship in 2013 and 2014.
The 2014 field of athletes, will tackle a 1.2-mile swim in Tremblant Lake, followed by a 56-mile bicycle ride through the Laurentian Mountains and finally a 13.1-mile run that finishes in the Tremblant resorts pedestrian village, all done within eight and half hours. In order to qualify for the World Championship, athletes earned slots at Ironman 70.3 events held worldwide.
“It is an exciting time of year as we bring our Ironman 70.3 World Championship outside of the United States for the first time,” said Andrew Messick, Chief Executive Officer of Ironman. “Mont-Tremblant has been an incredible host for races in the past and we know it will provide the perfect setting for the accomplishment of nearly 2,500 elite athletes.”
He added, “With over 120,000 athletes striving every year to be among the top athletes to compete, it is a testament to the growth of the sport since the Ironman 70.3 Series was introduced in 2006. We wish every athlete from all walks of life the best of luck as they accomplish their goals and chase a World Championship.”
While athletes of all ages have qualified to compete in the World Championship, the average age of 2014 male registrants is 41 and the average age of female registrants is 40, defying commonly held notions about peak physical performance.
The ages of Ironman 70.3 World Championship athletes are almost as varied as their countries of origin. The United States is the most represented with 975 registered competitors, accounting for over 38% of entrants this year.
In all, athletes from 49 US states are represented, with the greatest number coming from California (140), Texas (97), Colorado (78), New York (69) and Florida (59).
The host nation, Canada has the second-most athletes competing with 403, followed by Australia (253), France (94), United Kingdom (92) and Brazil (77).
Additional historical facts and stats on the field competing in the 2014 Subaru Ironman 70.3 World Championship in Mont-Tremblant, Quebec:
- 66% of participants (1,668 athletes) are male
- 34% of participants (861 athletes) are female
- 29% of Mont-Tremblant participants have completed 10 or more Ironman 70. 3 events
- 86 race participants (51 males, 35 females), or nearly 4% of the total field, are professional athletes
- Since the series began in 2006, the Ironman 70.3 World Championship has been controlled by Australia (five champions), Germany (four champions) and Great Britain (three champions). The United States has had two winners with Canada and New Zealand each having one winner.
- Germany has been dominant in the men’s field, claiming four men’s Ironman 70.3 World Championships, with Sebastian Kienle winning the past two races and Michael Raelert winning in 2009 and 2010.
- The women’s field has seen a winner from Australia or Great Britain since 2009, including two-time world champion Melissa Hauschildt who won in 2011 and 2013. Each country has had three winners.
- Nearly 2,000 volunteers will help make the Ironman 70.3 World Championship a success
- More than 120,000 registered athletes compete in Ironman 70.3 races each year, representing over 180 countries
Last year’s Ironman 70.3 World Champions, Sebastian Kienle (GER) and Melissa Hauschildt (AUS) will return for this year’s race, along with the 2010 women’s champion Jodie Swallow (GBR) and 2008 men’s champion Terenzo Bozzone (NZL). In addition, BMX and X-Games legend Dave Mirra will give his best effort for an age-group world championship after qualifying with a fourth-place finish in his age-group at the Memorial Hermann Ironman 70.3 Texas triathlon.
The 2014 Subaru Ironman 70.3 World Championship can be viewed race day on www.ironman.com and features a live blog with comprehensive coverage and an athlete tracker with live stream fixed cameras.
In addition the Subaru Ironman 70.3 World Championship will be telecast at a later date on NBC Sports Network in the United States and on Sportsnet in Canada.