IRONMAN introduces new achievement designation All Country Athlete

After a successful year of competition, IRONMAN, a Wanda Sports Holding Company, has announced the overall IRONMAN All World Athlete™ (AWA) Champions for each Age Group category. IRONMAN® triathlon athletes received the IRONMAN All World Athlete designation in their age groups by competing in multiple events and earning Age Group Ranking points during the 2016 season. Racers were rewarded for their top three performances throughout the year with the combined points determining the champion for each division.

 The 31 overall IRONMAN All World Athlete Champions represented ten different countries with 20 champions hailing from the United States (twelve female, eight male). Australia had the second-most champions with three (two female, one male). Other countries represented were Denmark and Germany, both with one female Age Group Champion, and Brazil, Canada, Columbia, France, Japan, and the United Kingdom, each with one male Age Group Champion. The most represented states in the U.S. were California, Colorado, and Illinois, each with four athletes.

Over 24,800 athletes worldwide accrued enough points in 2016 to earn the designation of IRONMAN All World Athlete. The United States led the country standings with 8,256 athletes, followed by Australia (2,047), Germany (1,432), the United Kingdom (1,486), Canada (1,185) and Brazil (718). To earn IRONMAN All World Athlete status, competitors must finish the season within the top 10 percent of their age group with their combined top three races. Athletes that have earned IRONMAN All World Athlete status are then classified into three levels: Bronze (top 10 percent), Silver (top five percent) and Gold (top one percent).

 

Globally launched in 2013, the Age Group Ranking program offers age-group athletes a way to earn points based on their race finishes and to measure their race performances against their fellow competitors regionally, as well as from around the world, in one cumulative system. Beginning this year, IRONMAN has also added a new designation of All Country Athlete™ which ranks athletes’ yearly performances within their represented countries. Athletes who finish the season in the Top 10% of their country will now be recognized as an IRONMAN All Country Athlete.

Below are the winners in the overall IRONMAN All World Athlete category which includes performances from IRONMAN, IRONMAN® 70.3® and sprint-distance events:

Age Group Athlete City State/Province Country
FEMALE
F18-24 Katrine Brock Sonderjylland Sonderborg Denmark
F25-29 Stefanie Kuhnert Germany
F30-34 Jacqui Giuliano Oakwood Hills IL United States
F35-39 Hailey Manning Redwood City CA United States
F40-44 Jodie Browning Longreach QLD Australia
F45-49 Heidi Sowerby Burleigh Heads QLD Australia
F50-54 Julie Dunkle Encinitas CA United States
F55-59 Aida Wasilewski San Juan Capistrano CA United States
F60-64 Sydney Tervort Salt Lake City UT United States
F65-69 Sandi Wiebe Boulder CO United States
F70-74 Natalie Grabow Mountain Lakes NJ United States
F75-79 Lis Heckmann Lehigh Acres FL United States
Maryann Galietta Doylestown PA United States
F80-84 Katie Colgan Martin Belleville IL United States
PC Kathleen Rooy Little Silver NJ United States
HC Minda Dentler New York NY United States

 

Age Group Athlete City State/ Province Country
MALE
M18-24 JP Giblin Denver CO United States
M25-29 Reece Barclay Chingford London United Kingdom
M30-34 Ryan Giuliano Oakwood Hills IL United States
M35-39 Juan Valencia Medellin Antioquia Colombia
M40-44 Steve Johnson Longmont CO United States
M45-49 Pedro Cerize São Paulo Intl State Brazil
M50-54 Pierre Heynemand Notre-Dame-des-Prairies QC Canada
M55-59 Ken Raupach McMahons Point NSW Australia
M60-64 Kurt Madden Rancho Cucamonga CA United States
M65-69 Mike Wien Marietta GA United States
M70-74 Simon Butterworth Lafayette CO United States
M75-79 John Weber New York NY United States
M80-84 Hiromu Inada Yachiyodaihigashi, Yachiyo-shi, Chiba Japan
M85-89 Bob Scott Naperville IL United States
PC Jean-Marie Buchot Toulouse France
HC Robert Buren Oakville ON Canada

 

For full results that include champions in all categories (Overall, IRONMAN and IRONMAN 70.3) and more information, including a list of frequently asked questions about the IRONMAN Age Group Ranking program, go to the website.