The IRONMAN Legacy Program, now in its fifth year, aims to reward loyal athletes with a chance to compete in Kona. These athletes became eligible for selection based on having: (a) completed a minimum of 12 full-distance IRONMAN races; (b) never started the iconic IRONMAN World Championship; (c) have completed at least one IRONMAN event in each of the 2014 and 2015 seasons; and (d) be registered for an IRONMAN event in 2016.
This year, IRONMAN has added 25 additional Legacy athletes to the annual 100 athletes selected for a total of 125. The full list of winners which have been announced, can be found online at ironman.com/triathlon/news/articles/2016/03/2016-ironman-legacy-winners.
- 125 total IM Legacy athletes from around the world – ranging in age from 25-64
- 17 countries are represented – United States leads with 65 athletes; Australia has second most with 23 athletes while Germany and the United Kingdom are tied for third with seven athletes each
- 29 US states are represented – California has most athletes with 14 athletes; Washington has second most with nine athletes
The Legacy Program grants loyal IRONMAN competitors an opportunity to start at the IRONMAN World Championship in Kailua-Kona, Hawai`i at least once in their lifetime. One hundred Legacy winners are chosen every year. This year to reward IRONMAN’s most loyal athletes, an additional 25 athletes were selected bringing the 2016 total to 125 athletes.
To be eligible for this year’s selection, athletes must have completed a minimum of 12 full-distance IRONMAN-branded races, have never started the IRONMAN World Championship, have completed at least one IRONMAN event in each of the 2014 and 2015 seasons and be registered for an IRONMAN event in 2016.