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Cairns and Geelong take top spots in 2018 IRONMAN Athlete Choice Awards


IRONMAN has announced the results of its 2018 Athlete Choice Awards, releasing the top 10 scoring events in a variety of categories based on athlete surveys from all of the 2018 IRONMAN and IRONMAN 70.3 races globally.

Out of the 41 IRONMAN series events that took place in 2018, Cairns Airport IRONMAN Asia-Pacific Championship Cairns earned the biggest honour in ‘overall satisfaction’. Out of the 105 IRONMAN 70.3 series events that took place in 2018, The Baker Institute IRONMAN 70.3 Geelong took top honours in overall satisfaction.

Results for the 2018 Athlete Choice Awards were gathered from post event surveys sent to all athletes who competed in an IRONMAN or IRONMAN 70.3 race. Surveys were based on a 5-point satisfaction scale and encompassed multiple categories. These included overall satisfaction, overall swim, overall bike, overall run, overall venue experience, overall host city experience, overall post-race celebration, will attend next year, and will recommend to a friend, among others.

After collecting feedback from over 55,000 total survey respondents, the winners were chosen for each category of IRONMAN and IRONMAN 70.3 events. Selected additional category winners include:

Will Attend Next Year
IRONMAN Gurye Korea
Kia IRONMAN 70.3 Ecuador

Overall Swim
Kellogg’s Nutri-Grain IRONMAN New Zealand
IRONMAN 70.3 Santa Cruz

Overall Bike
IRONMAN Kalmar, Sweden
Tie between IRONMAN 70.3 St.Pölten and IRONMAN 70.3 Haugesund, Norway

Overall Run
IRONMAN Wisconsin
IRONMAN 70.3 Taupō

Overall Venue Experience
Kellogg’s Nutri-Grain IRONMAN New Zealand
IRONMAN 70.3 Taupō

Overall Host City Experience
IRONMAN Wisconsin
Tie between IRONMAN 70.3 Coeur d’Alene, IRONMAN 70.3 Port Macquarie, IRONMAN 70.3 Sunshine Coast, IRONMAN 70.3 Taupō, and IRONMAN 70.3 Western Australia

Overall Celebration Day/Post-Race Celebration Experience
Standard Bank IRONMAN African Championship, South Africa
Alveo IRONMAN 70.3 Davao

Will Recommend to a Friend
IRONMAN Kalmar, Sweden
Tie between IRONMAN 70.3 Cartagena, Sunbelt Bakery IRONMAN 70.3 Chattanooga presented by McKee A Family Bakery, IRONMAN 70.3 Coeur d’Alene, Kia IRONMAN 70.3 Ecuador, and IRONMAN 70.3 Jönköping



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