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Ironman Canada 2017: Age Group Results and Kona Qualification

Ironman Canada is the final Ironman from the weekend. Although Ironman has been in Canada for a very long time, this particular course is 6 years old. It’s a relatively small event with a field of around 1250 athletes competing for 40 Kona slots.

Distribution of Finisher Splits at Ironman Canada 2017 Compared with 2013-2016

With the exception of the swim, this year’s race trends slower than the previous 5 years of results. The overall difference is quite small, this isn’t a significant change for the race. Perhaps the most notable element of the distributions is the double peak on this year’s bike, a division between those finishing under 6:15 and those after 6:45.

DNS and DNF Rates at Ironman Canada
Year
Listed Athletes
Swim Finish
Swim DNS/DNF
Bike Finish
Bike DNF
Run Finish
Run DNF
Overall DNS/DNF
2013
2171
2122
2.3%
2065
2.7%
1985
3.9%
8.6%
2014
1899
1852
2.5%
1752
5.4%
1679
4.2%
11.6%
2015
1948
1719
11.8%
1540
10.4%
1502
2.5%
22.8%
2016
1405
1254
10.7%
1199
4.4%
1130
5.8%
19.6%
2017
1271
1263
0.6%
1201
4.9%
1147
4.5%
9.7%

Allowing for the variations in results reporting meaning some years contain DNS data we can still place the 2017 results somewhere in the middle based on bike and run DNF numbers.

Median Splits by Age Group at Ironman Canada 2017
Median Splits by Age Group at Ironman Canada 2013-2016

The median charts repeat the distributions pattern of slower splits for bike and run at this year’s race. 2017 is consistently slower for both bike and run than its predecessors.

Top 10 Nationalities at Ironman Canada
Country
Count
Percentage
United States
648
46.2
Canada
443
31.6
Mexico
61
4.3
Japan
56
4
United Kingdom
40
2.8
Australia
26
1.9
France
11
0.8
Germany
10
0.7
Ireland
9
0.6
Switzerland
8
0.6
Ironman Canada 2017 Predicted Kona Qualifiers by Country
Country
Percentage of Slots
Percentage of Field
United States
42.5
46.2
Canada
27.5
31.6
Japan
10.0
4.0
Mexico
5.0
4.3
Paraguay
2.5
0.1
Switzerland
2.5
0.6
Turkey
2.5
0.1
Belgium
2.5
0.2
Ireland
2.5
0.6
Germany
2.5
0.7

Canada naturally has a predominantly North American competitor base who take their share of the slots on offer.

Changes in Male Finishing Times by Position at Ironman Canada
Changes in Female Finishing Times by Position at Ironman Canada

Tracking age group positions over the 6 years of racing places 2017 somewhere in the middle. There’s quite a lot of variation between age groups and placings, not every one slowed down. Times tend to lie somewhere in between results from previous years.

Ironman Canada 2017 Predicted Kona Qualification Times
Age Group
Slots
Winner
Average Kona Qualifier
Final Qualifier
M18-24
1
10:16:25
10:16:25
10:16:25
M25-29
2
09:38:20
09:42:59
09:47:39
M30-34
3
08:58:46
09:24:16
09:40:24
M35-39
3
09:21:53
09:36:12
09:48:34
M40-44
4
09:09:36
09:40:12
09:56:37
M45-49
3
09:44:44
09:51:35
10:01:21
M50-54
3
10:15:50
10:36:48
10:53:44
M55-59
2
10:27:45
10:46:52
11:05:59
M60-64
2
11:29:58
11:57:12
12:24:26
M65-69
1
12:44:04
12:44:04
12:44:04
M70-74
1
14:01:20
14:01:20
14:01:20
M75-79
1
16:24:56
16:24:56
16:24:56
F18-24
1
10:38:38
10:38:38
10:38:38
F25-29
1
09:57:39
09:57:39
09:57:39
F30-34
2
10:38:01
10:45:26
10:52:52
F35-39
2
11:00:51
11:05:50
11:10:49
F40-44
2
11:14:44
11:25:17
11:35:51
F45-49
2
11:02:26
11:07:13
11:12:00
F50-54
2
11:19:37
11:22:37
11:25:37
F55-59
1
11:33:23
11:33:23
11:33:23
F60-64
1
13:30:49
13:30:49
13:30:49

Based on the results list I’ve estimated the distribution of slots used for Canada and from that the automatic qualifying times they give. As always, the actual allocation may have varied and roll downs would influence the qualifying times. For more details on qualifying times check out my Kona qualification page.

Top Twenty Male Performances and Kona Qualification by Age Group at Ironman Canada 2017
Top Twenty Female Performances and Kona Qualification by Age Group at Ironman Canada 2017

Finally, the age group top twenty times. Again we see variation with some age groups, generally the larger ones, trending closer to the averages than others. I would say these charts still put this year’s race as slightly slower than the norm though.

You can access a spreadsheet of the full results from Ironman Canada 2017 on my Google Drive.

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