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Ironman Florida 2017: Age Group Results and Kona Qualification

Ironman Florida 2017 took place last weekend. It’s always a big race, with over 2,300 making the start line and competing for the 40 Kona slots on offer. This year’s race looks to have trended slightly slower than usual.

Distribution of Finisher Splits at Ironman Florida 2017 Compared with 2007-2016

Swim and bike distributions from this year’s race are largely comparable from the amalgamated 10-year data. The swim and bike appear to be typical for the Florida course. The run however was significantly slower this year – 20 minutes at the median and a smaller 10-15 minutes for the fifth percentile. So, across the board slower, but with smaller impact at the front of the age group race.

DNS and DNF Rates at Ironman Florida
Year
Listed Athletes
Swim Finish
Swim DNS/DNF
Bike Finish
Bike DNF
Run Finish
Run DNF
Overall DNS/DNF
2003
2283
1986
13%
1960
1.3%
1912
2.4%
16.3%
2004
2424
2088
13.9%
2097
%
2033
3.1%
16.1%
2005
2388
2029
15%
2024
0.2%
1935
4.4%
19%
2006
2538
2176
14.3%
2154
1%
2108
2.1%
16.9%
2007
2609
2251
13.7%
2260
%
2184
3.4%
16.3%
2008
2606
2259
13.3%
2250
0.4%
2184
2.9%
16.2%
2009
2880
2397
16.8%
2383
0.6%
2312
3%
19.7%
2010
2854
2379
16.6%
2366
0.5%
2300
2.8%
19.4%
2011
2921
2439
16.5%
2401
1.6%
2354
2%
19.4%
2012
3061
2565
16.2%
2520
1.8%
2426
3.7%
20.7%
2013
2885
2816
2.4%
2772
1.6%
2699
2.6%
6.4%
2014
2680
100%
2496
0%
2371
5%
11.7%
2015
2980
2408
19.2%
2331
3.2%
2193
5.9%
26.4%
2016
2245
2167
3.5%
2121
2.1%
2004
5.5%
10.7%
2017
2375
2360
0.6%
2295
2.8%
2192
4.5%
8.1%

Bearing in mind that older data tends to mix DNS and DNF numbers in the swim and overall, this year’s race doesn’t differ too much from recent events. Despite being slower, the run DNFs are lower than the previous two years and the bike DNF numbers are comparable. Earlier editions of the race have had much lower bike and run DNFs though. I’ll note here that in 2014 the swim was cancelled so figures are absent at that stage.

Median Splits by Age Group at Ironman Florida 2017
Median Splits by Age Group at Ironman Florida 2007-2016

Age group medians normally follow the trends shown in the distribution chart and Florida is no exception. The most notable trend here is the slower AG run times across all divisions.

Top 10 Nationalities at Ironman Florida
Country
Count
Percentage
United States
2225
74.2
Canada
119
4
United Kingdom
55
1.8
Philippines
53
1.8
Colombia
48
1.6
Mexico
48
1.6
Brazil
47
1.6
France
38
1.3
Germany
33
1.1
Argentinia
22
0.7
Ironman Florida 2017 Predicted Kona Qualifiers by Country
Country
Percentage of Slots
Percentage of Field
United States
52.5
74.2
Canada
12.5
4.0
France
7.5
1.3
Brazil
5.0
1.6
2.5
0.1
Argentinia
2.5
0.7
Denmark
2.5
0.4
Afghanistan
2.5
0.0
United Kingdom
2.5
1.8
Germany
2.5
1.1
Netherlands
2.5
0.4
Belgium
2.5
0.3

For a US race Florida draws quite a diverse field of athletes. the majority of slots remain in the US or Canada, but here’s a spread to other nations.

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

Tracking times for positions over the last decade shows quite a bit of variability on the course. There’s the dip for 2014 when there was no swim. How the 2017 race stands varies with age group and placing, it’s not the fastest year and certainly not the slowest either. For the most part it lies somewhere in line with past results. Faster than the previous couple of years and more comparable with some of the older times.

Ironman Florida 2017 Predicted Kona Qualification Times
Age Group
Slots
Winner
Average Kona Qualifier
Final Qualifier
M18-24
1
09:21:57
09:21:57
09:21:57
M25-29
2
08:53:40
08:59:56
09:06:12
M30-34
2
08:39:08
08:50:27
09:01:47
M35-39
3
08:32:33
08:50:09
08:59:27
M40-44
3
09:11:51
09:18:07
09:22:50
M45-49
3
09:15:14
09:18:16
09:19:53
M50-54
3
09:37:02
09:42:15
09:49:13
M55-59
2
09:50:50
09:54:10
09:57:30
M60-64
1
11:17:20
11:17:20
11:17:20
M65-69
1
11:04:41
11:04:41
11:04:41
M70-74
1
12:52:23
12:52:23
12:52:23
M75-79
1
15:04:54
15:04:54
15:04:54
F18-24
1
11:48:00
11:48:00
11:48:00
F25-29
1
10:00:18
10:00:18
10:00:18
F30-34
2
09:39:51
09:47:42
09:55:33
F35-39
2
09:41:56
10:20:27
10:58:59
F40-44
2
10:11:10
10:17:37
10:24:05
F45-49
2
10:02:48
10:13:19
10:23:51
F50-54
2
10:38:41
10:40:26
10:42:12
F55-59
1
11:03:31
11:03:31
11:03:31
F60-64
1
11:16:55
11:16:55
11:16:55
F65-69
1
13:57:42
13:57:42
13:57:42
F70-74
1
15:50:18
15:50:18
15:50:18

Based on the start list I’ve estimated the allocation of Kona slots and from that the automatic qualifying times for each age group. Roll down would affect these final times so final numbers might have varied. You can check and compare with other races on my Kona qualification page.

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

Performances by top twenty age groupers do vary between age groups, but overall the trend is close to the averages. A few divisions dip under, but equally some trend slower. It feels fairly balanced around the average suggesting that while the run trended somewhat slower, the front of race didn’t stray far from the norms.

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

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