VinFast IRONMAN World Championship 2023
July 28, 2022
— With dedicated race days for women and men, qualifying opportunities increase at events around the world — — 17 IRONMAN triathlons around the world will be designated as Women For Tri events, providing more than 1,200 additional qualifying spots for the 2023 VinFast IRONMAN World Championship, as IRONMAN seeks to further develop and celebrate women’s participation —
TAMPA, Florida. (July 28, 2022)/ENDURANCE SPORTSWIRE / – IRONMAN, in conjunction with local and state officials in Hawai`i, today announced that the VinFast IRONMAN 2023® The World Championship Triathlon will continue with a two-day format in Kailua-Kona, Hawai`i, October 12-14. This year, for the first time in the over 40-year history of triathlon’s premier event, the 2022 VinFast IRONMAN World Championship will take place over two days in Kona, Hawai`i, October 6-8. With the two-day format set to continue into 2023, IRONMAN will have a dedicated race day for the women’s field on Thursday and the men’s field on Saturday, allowing for full focus and coverage on each race and its competitors as well as the island of Hawaii. like never before.
“Hawai`i County and IRONMAN have a long history of working closely together to ensure this global event is conducted safely and with respect for the needs of athletes, county residents and visitors from around the world” , said the mayor of Hawai`i County. , Mitch Roth. “With the 2022 VinFast IRONMAN World Championship taking place over two days in October, Hawaii County is thrilled to welcome these champions back to Kailua-Kona and Kohala, and looks forward to another epic VinFast World Championship. IRONMAN in 2023. The partnership with IRONMAN has stood the test of time and we are grateful and humbled that the culture here has fueled the culture of IRONMAN, reflecting the aloha spirit and theme of Holomua – to go from the front – for the 2023 IRONMAN season.
“We are grateful to our partners in Hawai`i and Kailua-Kona, for their support for more than 40 years of this local event which captured the imagination of the world and grew into a flagship event in the sport of triathlon,” Andrew said. Messick, President and CEO of the IRONMAN Group. “We look forward to an incredible two-day event in 2022, and the opportunity in 2023 to further advance what a two-day format can look like with a focused women’s race day and a men’s race day.”
Dedicated women’s and men’s race days will also now bring more qualifying opportunities, including expanded slot allocations at regional championships as well as increased opportunities for women at 17 IRONMAN triathlons around the world, designated as Women For Tri.® events. These events will include: 2022 Little Debbie IRONMAN Chattanooga presented by McKee A Family Bakery, IRONMAN Arizona and GWM IRONMAN Western Australia, and 2023 IRONMAN New Zealand, IRONMAN African Championship – South Africa, Memorial Hermann IRONMAN Texas, IRONMAN European Championship – Hamburg, IRONMAN Championship Cairns Airport Asia-Pacific – Cairns, IRONMAN Coeur d’Alene, IRONMAN France, IRONMAN UK, IRONMAN Vitoria-Gasteiz, ViewSport IRONMAN Lake Placid, IRONMAN Kalmar, IRONMAN Ireland, Subaru IRONMAN Mont-Tremblant and IRONMAN Copenhagen.
These designated Women For Tri events will aim to further increase participation and celebrate women in sport while creating over 1,200 additional opportunities to qualify for the sport’s biggest stage – the VinFast IRONMAN World Championship. These designated events were determined based on a number of factors including time of year, regional racing schedules, as well as their propensity to increase female participation based on relatively higher levels of female participation or areas where further growth opportunities exist.
A complete list of qualifying events and slot allocation for the 2023 VinFast IRONMAN World Championship can be found at www.ironman.com/im-world-championship-2023-slot.
While the number of athletes participating in IRONMAN events each year has increased significantly over the past 20 years, the number of athletes able to qualify for the IRONMAN World Championship has remained relatively stable. With a two-day format, the top age groups deserving of a chance to compete on the world stage will now have additional opportunities to qualify. Even with an increase in slots, however, it is expected that less than 6% of annual IRONMAN participants worldwide will ultimately make it to the VinFast IRONMAN World Championship. As one of the most sought-after experiences in all grassroots sports, those who made it to the IRONMAN World Championship continue to be part of the global elite, which equates to approximately 0.00006% of the population. world.
“Creating a two-day race has been transformative for our IRONMAN® 70.3® World Championship, allowing for deeper and bigger fields with men and women racing on different days, and ultimately delivering benefits for all with cleaner racing and targeted coverage and attention to every race,” said Messick continued. “We are excited to implement these principles in the IRONMAN World Championship with two days of racing in Hawai`i.”
In 2017, IRONMAN held a two-day IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship for the first time with women racing one day and the majority of men racing the other, and has seen a correlated growth in female participation in IRONMAN 70.3 events since therefore, both globally and regionally. where the world championship was held. After the pandemic impacted the 2021 IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship, resulting in a one-day event, the two-day format returns in 2022 and will continue into 2023.
Like the 2023 VinFast IRONMAN World Championship, the 2023 VinFast IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship taking place in Lahti, Finland will also see dedicated race days for women and men. Additionally, the 2023 VinFast IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship will include more female qualifying opportunities at 20 designated Women For Tri events around the world. A full list of qualifying events and slot allocation for the 2023 IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship can be found at www.ironman.com/im703-world-championship-2023-slot-allocation.
“I am thrilled to hear that the VinFast IRONMAN World Championship will host a dedicated women’s race for the first time in 2023,” said IRONMAN Hall of Famer Julie Moss. “Women have a long history of stealing the show in Kona! A separate race day ensures professionals and women in the age group have their time to shine. These incredible athletes deserve the opportunity to show off their talents, separate and apart from the men. It is truly cause for celebration.
For more information on the 2022 and 2023 VinFast IRONMAN World Championship event, please visit www.ironman.com/im-world-championship. For more information on the 2023 VinFast IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship, please visit www.ironman.com/im703-world-championship.
For more information on Women For Tri® initiative, visit www.ironman.com/womenfortri, follow on Instagram @womenfortri or contact [email protected]
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About Women For Tri
women for triathlon®, a program launched by IRONMAN and the IRONMAN Foundation in 2015, aims to increase the participation of women in long distance triathlon. The program aims to identify and reduce key barriers to entry and mobilize triathlon advocates to encourage and engage female athletes. Since its inception, over $300,000 in grants have been awarded to triathlon clubs supporting female participation initiatives. Women For Tri embodies the heart and soul of what makes the sport so rewarding: testing your abilities, overcoming challenges and realizing the full depth of your potential in the most widely recognized test of endurance – the long distance triathlon. Learn more at www.womenfortri.com and join the Women For Tri online community at www.facebook.com/WomenForTri.
About the IRONMAN World Championship
Since its inception in 1978 on the island of O`ahu, the IRONMAN World Championship has etched its name in history with stellar performances, inspiring participants and emotional memories. In 1981 the race moved from the tranquil shores of Waikīkī to the arid lava fields of Kona on the island of Hawai`i where it continues to be held to this day. The race now sees over 2,500 athletes embark on a 140.6-mile journey that presents the ultimate test of body, mind and spirit to claim the IRONMAN World Championship title. The world’s most iconic one-day sporting event is the culmination of 40 IRONMAN World Events with more than 94,000 athletes from around the world vying for one of the most coveted qualifying spots. The 2021 edition of the event was held in St. George, Utah in May 2022, becoming the first venue to host the event outside of Hawaii since its origins in 1978. After a two-year hiatus from Hawaii due to COVID, the race returns to Kona and is first held as a two-day event in October for the 2022 edition of the IRONMAN World Championship. 2023 will see the event continue with the two-day format but with a race day dedicated to women and a race day dedicated to men. For more information, visit www.ironman.com/im-world-championship.
About the IRONMAN Group
The IRONMAN Group operates a global portfolio of events that includes IRONMAN®Triathlon series, the IRONMAN®70.3® Triathlon series, the IRONMAN®Virtual Racing™ (VR™) Series, 5150™ Triathlon Series, Rock ‘n’ Roll®Running Series, The Rock ‘n’ Roll Virtual Running™ Series, IRONKIDS®World Triathlon Championship Series, premier racing events including the Standard Chartered Singapore Marathon™ and City2Surf®UTMB®World Series events including Tarawera Ultra and Ultra-Trail Australia™, Epic Series™ mountain bike races including the Absa Cape Epic®road cycling events including the Haute Route®, and other multi-sport races. The IRONMAN Group is the largest mass sports operator in the world, bringing the benefits of endurance sports to more than one million participants each year through the company’s extensive offerings. Since the creation of the iconic IRONMAN®brand and its first event in 1978, athletes proved that ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE®crossing finish lines around the world. Starting out as a single race, the IRONMAN group has grown into a global sensation with hundreds of events in over 55 countries. The IRONMAN group is owned by Advance, a private family business. For more information, visit www.ironman.com/about-ironman-group.
Advance is a privately owned, family-owned company that owns and invests in companies in media, entertainment, technology, communications, education and other promising growth sectors. Our mission is to build the value of our companies over the long term by promoting growth and innovation. Advance’s portfolio includes Condé Nast, Advance Local, Stage Entertainment, The IRONMAN Group, American City Business Journals, Leaders Group, Turnitin, 1010data and Pop. Together, these operating companies employ more than 17,000 people in 29 countries. Advance is also a major shareholder in Charter Communications, Discovery and Reddit. For more information, visit www.advance.com.