Ironman Florida 2019: Age Group Results and Kona Qualification

Ironman Florida is a long standing and large US race that offers the standard 40 age group Kona slot allocation. The course is flat and with that fast. This year’s race was no exception with times closely in line with those of previous years.

The swim was cancelled in 2014, so that year’s results have been excluded from analysis.

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

There is a slightly wider spread to this year’s distributions when compared with results from the previous decade. In both bike and run the median time is slightly slower while the fifth percentile time is slightly faster. This carries through into the overall results: mid-pack is slower, but front-of-pack trends faster.

DNF Rates at Ironman Florida
Year
Starters
Finishers
Swim DNF
Bike DNF
Run DNF
Overall DNF
DQs
2010
2400
2299
4.6%
4.2%
2011
2439
2353
0.1%
1.8%
1.7%
3.5%
2012
2570
2427
0.7%
1.9%
3.2%
5.6%
2013
2826
2693
0.7%
1.9%
2.1%
4.7%
7
2014
2464
2355
4.4%
15
2015
2416
2189
0.7%
3.7%
5.1%
9.4%
10
2016
2171
2001
1.1%
1.9%
4.9%
7.8%
5
2017
2375
2182
0.8%
3.2%
4.3%
8.1%
10
2018
1877
1652
2.4%
3.4%
6.6%
12%
19
2019
2469
2276
2%
2.9%
3.1%
7.8%
16

DNF rates for this year fall in range of the previous 5 years. We should note that the 2018 race was moved (hence lower numbers) and suffered in heavy rains. DNF rates at Florida are typical for Ironman races as a whole.

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

Comparing the age group medians and we see a pattern similar to the distributions. The bike is clearly slower, but run medians more closely match and vary over the age groups.

Top 10 Nationalities at Ironman Florida
Country
Count
Percentage
United States
1801
72.9
Canada
119
4.8
United Kingdom
53
2.1
Brazil
46
1.9
Mexico
37
1.5
Germany
30
1.2
Colombia
29
1.2
France
22
0.9
Peru
17
0.7
Japan
16
0.6
Ironman Florida 2019 Predicted Kona Qualifiers by Country
Country
Percentage of Slots
Percentage of Field
United States
37.5
74.0
Canada
10.0
4.9
Brazil
7.5
1.9
Norway
5.0
0.3
Denmark
5.0
0.5
Switzerland
5.0
0.5
Italy
2.5
0.6
France
2.5
0.9
Australia
2.5
0.4
Germany
2.5
1.2
Austria
2.5
0.3
Peru
2.5
0.7
Luxembourg
2.5
0.2
Ireland
2.5
0.5
South Africa
2.5
0.4

Florida is one of the more diverse US races drawing a larger field of international competitors. It also appears to spread the Kona slots widely among them.

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

Times in Florida have been quite variable over the years, largely a reflection of the impact of conditions on this race. this year is comparable with 2017, while 2018 was notably slower.

Ironman Florida 2019 Predicted Kona Qualification Times
Age Group
Slots
Winner
Final Qualifier
10th Place
M18-24
1
09:08:11
09:08:11
11:41:17
M25-29
2
08:54:16
09:15:28
09:53:02
M30-34
2
08:41:42
08:45:28
09:31:35
M35-39
3
08:40:28
08:58:06
09:16:58
M40-44
3
08:55:19
09:17:56
09:42:32
M45-49
4
08:58:35
09:21:47
09:55:52
M50-54
3
09:02:40
09:35:35
10:00:32
M55-59
2
09:42:42
09:51:27
10:54:58
M60-64
2
10:27:50
11:01:24
12:30:40
M65-69
1
11:57:50
11:57:50
13:52:15
M70-74
1
12:15:15
12:15:15
 
M75-79
1
12:15:45
12:15:45
 
M80-84
1
No Finishers
 
 
F18-24
1
10:00:17
10:00:17
13:42:21
F25-29
1
09:44:09
09:44:09
11:38:27
F30-34
1
09:21:17
09:21:17
11:27:26
F35-39
1
09:47:52
09:47:52
11:00:36
F40-44
2
09:30:29
10:07:23
11:02:48
F45-49
1
10:08:38
10:08:38
11:35:28
F50-54
2
10:16:28
10:29:05
11:42:01
F55-59
1
11:24:41
11:24:41
12:52:04
F60-64
1
12:58:07
12:58:07
15:12:26
F65-69
1
15:51:32
15:51:32
 
F70-74
1
No Finishers
 
 
F75-79
1
No Finishers
 
 

Based on the start list I’ve calculated the Koan slot allocation and from that the automatic qualifying times in each age group. I don’t factor roll down into this as it’s unpredictable, but at the very least the M80-84 slot would have rolled one more place. You can compare this with other races on my Kona qualification page.

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

Finally each age group’s top twenty times. As noted earlier, the front-of-pack times appear to distribute faster. Looking at the top twenty confirms this with the majority of age groups having times ahead of the average. It’s not universal, some are closer to average, but equally we see some pushing towards fastest time in the last decade.

So, as we’ve seen before, there’s a division between front-of-pack and those further back. For the fastest athletes this year was fast for the course. For the overall field the picture is slightly slower though.

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

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