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Do you have to qualify for an Ironman?(5 posts)

Do you have to qualify for an Ironman?yellowducky101
Apr 22, 2003 8:28 AM
If so, then how? Also, usually how far in advance do you have to register/qualify for an Ironman? Thanks a bunch.
re: Do you have to qualify for an Ironman?brider
Apr 22, 2003 8:42 AM
The only one you have to qualify for is Hawaii. You do so by getting certain standards in other IM events throughout the world (some half-IMs have qualifying slots as well, but I don't recommend doing it this way). Because of this, most IM events fill up fast. A good way to keep a finger on the pulse of when registration for these events opens up is to log onto the Tri-Newbies dot com forum ( and ask. Usually, the members there will post about when the registration opens, and will also occasionally post about how many slots are still open. Be advised, the entry for these events is pretty steep ($400+ in most cases), and will fill up nearly a year in advance.
some of the qualifiers...ClydeTri
Apr 22, 2003 12:55 PM
such as Ironman Florida fill up within a few days....there also "non ironman" ironman races....Ironman is copyrighted..the Great Floridian in Clermont Florida is a good ironman distance race at half the price...besides qualifying for Ironman Hawaii, you can get in three other is an open lottery, odds are slim..other is a lottery for people who pay a premium..again, odds are slim, both of these ways you still have to set a qualifying time at an approved race. Final is an exemption...are you an actor? a politician? handicapped? etc..if so, you might get an exempted spot
re: Do you have to qualify for an Ironman?tribro3
Apr 23, 2003 7:20 AM
You don't need to qualify for an Ironman. Hawaii is the only race you'll need to qualify for. However, most Ironman races fill up in a very short time (sometimes hours). Most North America Ironman races also have shorter qualifying races (half distances) and keep slots open for the full Ironman if you place 1 or 2 in your age group in the smaller qualifying races.

Here is a list of Hawaii qualifiers.

I'd pick which race you'd want to do, then go to their website to see if they have qualifying races. Most are already full for this year.

re: Do you have to qualify for an Ironman?SGM1
May 6, 2003 2:21 PM
Exceptions to above

- IM Australia requires locals to secure a place through a qualifing series.

- IM Korea requests a race history detailing long course races completed in the last three year. ie if you haven't completed other 5 hour + races then your entry may not be accepted.