Ironman Frankfurt 2019: Age Group Results and Kona Qualification

The biggest Ironman of the weekend was the 2019 Ironman European Championship in Frankfurt. Ironman Frankfurt is a large race and as a championship event comes with 80 age group Kona slots, but competition for them is high. Normally a fast course, but when conditions are as hot as they were at the weekend the pace slows. June has been a tough month for Ironman racing, like Cork the week before DNF rates were exceptional in Frankfurt.

Distribution of Finisher Splits at Ironman Frankfurt 2019 Compared with 2009-2018

Race distributions clearly reflect the impact of high heat on the race. The non-wetsuit swim naturally trends slower than the amalgamated results of the previous 10 years. The bike is around 20 minutes slower at the median and through to the top 5% of the field, and the run trends similarly behind. Overall the impact is around an hour at the median and around 30 minutes for the top 5%. Those are big shifts for a single year of racing.

DNS and DNF Rates at Ironman Frankfurt
Year
Listed Athletes
Swim Finish
Swim DNS/DNF
Bike Finish
Bike DNF
Run Finish
Run DNF
Overall DNS/DNF
2009
2593
2055
20.7%
2055
2120
17.9%
2010
2434
2058
15.4%
2058
2115
12.9%
2011
2750
2429
11.7%
2302
5.2%
2217
3.7%
19.3%
2012
2574
2547
1%
2426
4.8%
2316
4.5%
10%
2013
3015
2693
10.7%
2621
2.7%
2459
6.2%
18.4%
2014
3015
2642
12.4%
2580
2.3%
2388
7.4%
20.8%
2015
2636
2544
3.5%
2335
8.2%
2004
14.2%
23.9%
2016
3171
2743
13.5%
2687
2%
2606
3%
17.8%
2017
2740
2693
1.7%
2598
3.5%
2432
6.4%
11.2%
2018
2597
2545
2%
2443
4%
2261
7.4%
12.9%
2019
2746
2703
1.6%
2483
8.1%
2024
18.5%
26.3%

Perhaps the clearest indicator of the challenging conditions is the exceptional DNF rate. As usual blue row have a clear separation of DNS and DNF figures while red rows merge DNS and DNF numbers. 2019 is the highest rate of DNF seen on the Frankfurt course with most athletes dropping out during the run.

Median Splits by Age Group at Ironman Frankfurt 2019
Median Splits by Age Group at Ironman Frankfurt 2009-2018

Of course the age group medians show the same trends as the distributions. Almost consistently slower across swim, bike and run.

Top 10 Nationalities at Ironman Frankfurt
Country
Count
Percentage
Germany
1544
47.9
Spain
247
7.7
France
157
4.9
United Kingdom
147
4.6
Italy
147
4.6
Belgium
85
2.6
Switzerland
72
2.2
Japan
68
2.1
Netherlands
66
2
United States
54
1.7
Ironman Frankfurt 2019 Predicted Kona Qualifiers by Country
Country
Percentage of Slots
Percentage of Field
Germany
63.8
47.9
France
5.0
4.9
Denmark
3.8
1.0
Spain
3.8
7.7
Switzerland
2.5
2.2
United Kingdom
2.5
4.6
Austria
2.5
1.5
Russia
2.5
0.5
Poland
1.3
1.6
Sweden
1.3
0.7
Netherlands
1.3
2.0
Finland
1.3
0.4
Hungary
1.3
0.4
Turkey
1.3
0.7
Slovenia
1.3
0.3
Colombia
1.3
0.4

As we saw with Nice over the weekend, the major European races draw a wide range of nationalities and tend to spread Kona slots among them.

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

Comparing times for specific age group positions shows that the last time we saw such a slow day in Frankfurt was in 2015, another hot year. Generally Frankfurt has been quite consistent at the front of the race and it’s taken hot conditions to slow the course down. This year definitely falls towards the slow end of racing for Frankfurt.

Ironman Frankfurt 2019 Predicted Kona Qualification Times
Age Group
Slots
Winner
Average Kona Qualifier
Final Qualifier
M18-24
1
09:36:00
09:36:00
09:36:00
M25-29
4
09:13:05
09:25:43
09:34:39
M30-34
8
09:10:18
09:26:06
09:37:06
M35-39
10
09:04:11
09:31:01
09:42:44
M40-44
12
09:16:11
09:53:44
10:06:30
M45-49
12
09:37:20
10:00:08
10:08:48
M50-54
9
10:04:58
10:23:23
10:39:18
M55-59
5
10:30:36
10:41:14
10:55:46
M60-64
2
10:33:54
11:14:13
11:54:33
M65-69
1
12:49:20
12:49:20
12:49:20
M70-74
1
No Finishers
 
 
M75-79
1
No Finishers
 
 
F18-24
1
11:18:47
11:18:47
11:18:47
F25-29
1
10:10:21
10:10:21
10:10:21
F30-34
2
10:05:17
10:20:19
10:35:22
F35-39
2
10:38:06
10:49:49
11:01:33
F40-44
2
10:24:40
10:27:58
10:31:17
F45-49
2
11:07:54
11:13:44
11:19:34
F50-54
1
10:27:52
10:27:52
10:27:52
F55-59
1
11:29:31
11:29:31
11:29:31
F60-64
1
13:12:33
13:12:33
13:12:33
F65-69
1
No Finishers
 
 

Based on the start list for Frankfurt I’ve calculated the Kona slot allocation and from that the automatic qualification times in each age group. Numbers may vary and roll down will affect final qualifying times. You can compare this with other races on my Kona qualification page.

Top Twenty Male Performances and Kona Qualification by Age Group at Ironman Frankfurt 2019
Top Twenty Female Performances and Kona Qualification by Age Group at Ironman Frankfurt 2019

The final piece of evidence of tough conditions is the times from the top twenty in each age group. In many age groups this year is the slowest of the last decade. That’s not a consistent pattern, but almost every division is slower than their average. The overall picture is that this was a slow year from front to back of the race and while the very front of the race tends to suffer less the impact of hot weather was still present.

You can access a spreadsheet of the full results from Ironman Frankfurt 2019 on my Google Drive.

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