More than 80 countries represented in Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia for 2016 IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship taking place on 4th Sept
Approximately 3,000 of the world’s top athletes will head Down Under on September 4 to Mooloolaba on the Sunshine Coast of Queensland, Australia to compete in the 2016 IRONMAN® 70.3® World Championship – marking the largest championship field and the first time that a Australian destination will host the globally recognized event.
With athletes hailing from more than 80 countries from regions around the world, Asia-Pacific leads the way with 35 percent of the athletes registered to race in the IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship. North America and Europe each account for 26 percent, while South America represents eight percent of the field.
Australia is the most represented nation with 838 registered competitors, followed by the United States (647), Great Britain (165) and Germany (163). Other athletes from countries as far as Seychelles, Morocco Cote d’Ivoire and Spain are traveling around the globe for their shot at the title.
The professional fields should provide for a very competitive race with last year’s women’s IRONMAN 70.3 World Champion Daniela Ryf (CHE), competing against the likes of Heather Wurtele (CAN), Caroline Steffen (CHE), Holly Lawrence (USA), and local favorite and two-time IRONMAN 70.3 World Champion Mel Hauschildt (AUS). On the men’s side, the 2013 IRONMAN 70.3 World Champion Sebastian Kienle (DEU) headlines along with Lionel Sanders (CAN), Andi Dreitz (DEU), Tim Reed (AUS) and two-time IRONMAN 70.3 World Champion Craig Alexander (AUS).
Perfectly located in the heart of Queensland’s Sunshine Coast, Mooloolaba Beach offers the perfect year-round climate and is an ideal location for a sporting event. The 2016 field of athletes will tackle a 1.2-mile (1.9 km) ocean swim off of Mooloolaba Beach, followed by a 56-mile (90 km) bicycle ride through the Sunshine Motorway and into the hinterland, capped with a 13.1-mile (21 km) run on the Mooloolaba Esplanade along striking shores and a spectator-lined course that finishes in the heart of Mooloolaba – all of which must be completed before an eight and a half hour cutoff time.
In order to qualify for the 2016 IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship, more than 130,000 age-group athletes competed to earn slots at over 85 IRONMAN 70.3 events held worldwide.
Additional historical facts and stats on the field competing in the 2016 IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship in Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia:
- Mooloolaba is the fifth city in history to host the IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship following Clearwater, Florida (USA) (2006-2009), Henderson, Nevada (USA) (2010-2013), Mont-Tremblant, Quebec (CAN) (2014), and Zell am See-Kaprun, SalzburgerLand (AUT) (2015)
- Five countries are sending athletes to the IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship for the first time, India, Lithuania, Mauritius, El Salvador, and Seychelles
- 66 percent of registered participants (2,152 athletes) are male
- 34 percent of registered participants (1,116 athletes) are female
- 42 is the average age of male registrants and 40 is the average age of female registrants
- More than 80 race participants, or approximately 3 percent of the total field, are professional athletes
- 1,207 competitors representing 468 different TriClubs from around the world are racing this year and total over 37.7 percent of the field
- Garth Barfoot (Auckland, New Zealand) is the oldest participant at 80, while Connor Mckay (Queensland, Australia) is the youngest at 19
- 13 athletes will be celebrating their birthday on race day
- 43 of the 50 U.S. states are accounted for, with the greatest number coming from California (177), Texas (73), Florida (71), Washington (41) and New York (41)
- More than 130,000 registered athletes compete in IRONMAN 70.3 races each year, representing over 90 countries
- Since the series began in 2006, the IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship has been controlled by Australia (five champions), Germany (five champions) and Great Britain (three champions). The United States has had two winners along with Switzerland, while Canada, New Zealand and Spain each has one winner
- In 2015, Jan Frodeno regained Germany’s hold on the men’s IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship crown as they have now won five of 10 titles. Meanwhile in the women’s field Daniela Ryf of Switzerland earned her second IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship title in as many years, becoming the first female to win back-to-back championships
- Over 1,000 volunteers will help make the IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship a success
The 2016 IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship can be viewed race day on www.ironman.com and features IRONMAN Live, a hosted online show with extensive, in-depth coverage of the professional race.