Women’s Ironman World Championship in Kona by the numbers

Ironman World Championship at Kona. (Picture: World Championship Ironman Facebook)

For the first time in the event’s 40-plus year history, the spotlight will shine on female triathletes as Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, will welcome the first standalone Ironman World Championship triathlon on October 14, 2023.

Over 2,000 female triathletes will embark on the 2023 IM World Championship journey in Kailua-Kona after the top male triathletes took on their edition of the 2023 IM World Championship on September 10 in Nice, France.

Among the female triathletes descending on Kailua-Kona this week, 53% of those registered to race are from North America, followed by 28% from Europe and 9% from Oceania. Latin America makes up 5% of the field, Asia 4%, while Africa and the Middle East account for 1% apiece.

The United States of America is the most represented nation with 976 registered athletes, followed by Canada (160), Germany (144), Australia (122), and the United Kingdom (112). Other athletes from countries as far as Estonia, Kyrgyzstan, New Zealand, Namibia, and Singapore are traveling from around the globe to race at the 2023 IM World Championship triathlon in Kona.

  • Cullen Goodyear (CAN) is the oldest participant at 75, while Adrienne Bunn (USA) is the youngest at 18 (subject to change)
  • 44 is the average age of all registrants
  • Eight athletes will be celebrating their birthdays on race day
  • This year’s field comprises five age group champions from the 2022 IM World Championship race: Brazil’s Ana Augusta Soares (F35-39), Czech Republic’s Jana Richtrova (F40-44), United States’ Liza Rachetto (F45-49), Canada’s Sharon Mackinnon (F60-64), and United States’ Missy Lestrange (F70-74)
  • 49 US states plus Washington DC are accounted for, with the greatest number hailing from California (125), Texas (87), Washington (67), Florida (60), Colorado (51) and New York (44)
  • 1,169 athletes racing in this year’s Women’s IM World Championship triathlon are IM All World Athletes
  • 48 is the total number of qualifying races for the 2023 Women’s IM World Championship triathlon, two of which were new qualifying races for 2023 – the 2022 IM California race and the 2022 IM Israel – Middle East Championship race
  • More than 5,000 volunteers will be on hand to help support the 2023 VinFast IM World Championship event in Kona