After a successful year of competition, IRONMAN is proud to announce the overall All World Athlete™ (AWA) Champions for each Age Group category. IRONMAN® triathlon athletes received the AWA designation in their age groups by competing in multiple events and earning Age Group Ranking points during the 2014 season. Racers were rewarded for their top three performances throughout the year with the combined points determining the champion for each division.
The 28 overall AWA Champions represented nine different countries with 12 champions hailing from the United States (eight female, four male). Australia had the second-most champions with four (three male, one female), while Canada rounded out the top three with four champions (three male, one female). The most represented states in the U.S. were California, Colorado and Washington with two champions each.
Over 20,000 athletes worldwide accrued enough points to earn the designation All World Athlete. The United States led the AWA country standings with 7,129 athletes, followed by Australia (1,971), Canada (1,196), Germany (1,044) and the United Kingdom (946). To earn AWA status IRONMAN competitors must finish within the top 10 percent of their age group. After that athletes are classified into three levels: Bronze (top 10 percent), Silver (top five percent) and Gold (top one percent).
Globally launched in 2013, the Age Group Ranking program offers age-group athletes a way to earn points based on their race finishes and to measure their race performances against their fellow competitors regionally, as well as from around the world, in one cumulative system.
For full results and more information, including a list of frequently asked questions about the IRONMAN Age Group Ranking Program, go to www.ironman.com/ranking. Inquiries about the program may be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org.