IRONMAN announced that 100 athletes have earned a chance to race at the 2013 IRONMAN® World Championship through the IRONMAN® Legacy program, while a lucky 100 general age-group athletes and five physically challenged athletes from around the world won their shot to Kona through the IRONMAN® Lottery program.
Almost 20 more countries were represented in this year’s lottery, a sign of the international popularity of the sport. Thanks to that growth, the IRONMAN World Championship lottery attracted 55 percent more athletes from the Asia Pacific region this year and a whopping 88 percent more athletes from Europe, the Middle East and Africa.
The result is a diverse, international group of athletes who will compete at the IRONMAN World Championship in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii this October. More than half (55 out of 100) of the athletes who earned a spot to Kona through the Legacy program are from outside the United States – 15 different countries are represented including 15 athletes from Australia, 11 from Canada and nine from Germany.
IRONMAN LOTTERY PROGRAM
A mainstay in the history of IRONMAN, the IRONMAN Lottery began in 1983 thanks to the vision of IRONMAN co-founders, John and Judy Collins. The program provides athletes of all abilities the opportunity to qualify for the world’s most challenging one-day endurance event.
IRONMAN LEGACY PROGRAM
The Legacy Program grants loyal IRONMAN competitors an opportunity to compete in Kona at least once in their lifetime. One hundred Legacy winners are chosen every year. To be eligible for this year’s selection, athletes must have completed a minimum of 12 full-distance IRONMAN-branded races, have never started the IRONMAN World Championship, have completed at least one IRONMAN event in each of the 2011 and 2012 seasons and be registered for an IRONMAN event in 2013.
Here is the list of Canadian Lottery and Legacy Winners:
Canadian Lottery Winners
|R. James McNaughton||37||ON||CA|
Canadian Legacy Winners