This year’s IRONMAN World Championship in Kailua-Kona, Hawai’i had the largest athlete field ever at the IRONMAN World Championship, with more than 2,400 participating athletes taking part on Saturday 14 October.
This year, Patrick Lange from Germany went for the full course record and smashed it by two minutes to become the 2017 Men’s IRONMAN World Champion. Switzerland’s Daniela Ryf claimed her third-consecutive IRONMAN World Championship win, adding to her collection of three IRONMAN 70.3 world titles.
Ahead of race day, IRONMAN confirmed some key facts about the 2017 event… By the numbers:
- 72% of participants (1,762 athletes) are male.
- 28% of participants (698 athletes) are female.
- 43 is the average age of registrants this year.
- Hiromu Inada (Japan) is the oldest participant at 84, while Paul Lennart (Denmark) is the youngest at 18
- 11 athletes will be celebrating their birthday on race day.
- Over 85,000 athletes register to compete in IRONMAN races each year, representing over 90 countries, regions and territories.
- Approximately 260,000 registered athletes representing over 200 countries, regions and territories competed in IRONMAN and IRONMAN 70.3 races this year.
- Five countries are sending athletes to the IRONMAN World Championship for the first time, Kazakhstan, Paraguay, Serbia, Uruguay, and Uzbekistan.
- 1,001 competitors representing 390 different TriClubs from around the world are racing at this year’s IRONMAN World Championship and total 40.7% of the field.
- 1,530 athletes racing in this year’s IRONMAN World Championship are IRONMAN All World Athletes; roughly 85% of the athletes racing represent the top 10% of age group athletes in the world.
- 20 new IRONMAN and IRONMAN 70.3 races were established in 2017.
- More than 5,000 volunteers help make the IRONMAN World Championship a success.
Live race coverage of the 2017 IRONMAN World Championship was available on a number of platforms, including NBC Sports in the United States and Red Bull TV internationally (outside of the United States) and on www.ironman.com globally. Comprehensive coverage began at 12:30 ET, capturing every aspect of the race with a hosted show, along with an athlete tracker and live blog.
For live tracking, real-time results and instant notifications, fans could follow both the professional and age-group athletes on the IRONMAN Tracker app available for download from the Google Play and the iTunes App Store. In addition, NBC will air the IRONMAN World Championship special highlights show on Saturday 9 December 2017 at 14:30 ET.