Following the recent standalone women’s Ironman World Championship, Ironman has announced the qualification opportunities for women to earn their spot in Nice, France, at next year’s 2024 IM World Championship.
A release from Ironman noted… ‘As part of Ironman‘s continued commitment to female racing, the updates to slot allocation will see additional pathways aimed to create opportunities for the best and the most competitive women to toe the start line at the pinnacle event of triathlon.’
“We have just seen a compelling standalone Ironman World Championship women’s race, and know how critical a vibrant women’s race is to the continued growth of our sport,” said Andrew Messick, CEO & President of The IM Group.
“We want the best and most deserving athletes at the start line next year in Nice. In looking beyond traditional qualifying slot allocation, we will recognize exceptional skill, ability, and dedication, while also maintaining the integrity of the Ironman World Championship as the ultimate stage for the fastest and most competitive athletes in the sport.
“The 2023 women’s Ironman World Championship showcased this, and we are excited to provide additional qualifying opportunities to attract more athletes that can perform at a world championship level to the 2024 IM World Championship in Nice next September.”
The qualification pathways for female athletes for the 2024 IM World Championship in Nice, France will be as follows:
- Age Group Qualification – Athletes are able to secure a slot via the age-group qualification process at one of over 30 Ironman races globally. All IM events will have dedicated quantities of female Ironman World Championship slots allocated proportionally to age-groups and awarded to the fastest finishers via a roll down process where the slot rolls to the next fastest, if not claimed.
- 2023 Ironman World Championship Age Group Top 10 Invitational Slots – The top ten female finishers of each Age Group category at the 2023 Ironman World Championship in Kona, Hawaii, will be invited to accept a slot to the 2024 Ironman World Championship. Validation of slot will be required. Note, these slots do not roll down should an eligible finisher decline their invitation.
- IM 70.3 Invitational Slots – The top five finishers in each age group at select Ironman 70.3 triathlons around the world will be invited to accept a slot to the 2024 Ironman World Championship in Nice, France. Note, these slots do not roll down should an eligible finisher decline their invitation.
- Top Age Group Ranked Invitational Slots – Female athletes who finished top of their age group for the 2023 year-end Age Group Rankings will be invited to accept a slot to the 2024 VinFast Ironman World Championship in Nice, France. Official, finalized age group rankings will be communicated in early January 2024. Validation of slot will be required.