Even though the Ironman World Championship on Hawaii in 2020 and 2021 were cancelled, athletes were still able to win slots for the next event. By moving the 2021 Ironman World Championship to St. George in the beginning of May 2022, Ironman may have offered an alternative, but most Age Group athletes rather wait for the ‘real’ Kona, which takes place in October this year. With so many people wanting to race the same event, Ironman had to spread the event out over two days, both for the pro athletes and Age Groupers. The startwaves were just announced, which means all athletes can check on what day they will race.
Queen K road closed for two days
While many locals enjoy the spectacle around the Ironman World Championship, there are also people on the island who are less enthusiastic about the happening, mainly because the most important road on the island is closed. And this year it won’t be for that one day only, but for two days.
Besides the start waves being spread over two days, also the award ceremonies will be split. On Friday morning, the Age Group awards from the athletes who raced on Thursday, will be awarded. On Saturday morning, all other Age Groupers will receive their awards. The Pros will wait until the official Closing Ceremony, taking place on Sunday evening, for their award.
The start waves: