To celebrate 40 years of the Ironman World Championship in Kona, Hawaii this year, Ironman selected 40 age group athletes in a draw to compete at the iconic race.
Athletes were automatically entered for the contest when they registered for a full distance Ironman event in 2018. These athletes do not have to qualify for Kona by winning their age group at a given race — they were simply awarded the spot based on their registration.
Two Canadian athletes, Garth Miller and Jonathan Bernard, were among the 40 granted a commemorative extra spot this year.
Here is the full list of athletes selected, as well as the Facebook Live video were Ironman Voice, Mike Reilly, made the announcement this morning: