IRONMAN® triathlon athletes received the AWA designation in their age groups by competing in multiple events and earning Age Group Ranking points during the 2015 season. Racers were rewarded for their top three performances throughout the year with the combined points determining the champion for each division.
The 29 overall AWA Champions represented thirteen different countries with 13 champions hailing from the United States (eight female, five male). Australia had the second-most champions with four (three male, one female), while France rounded out the top three with two champions (two male). The most represented states in the U.S. were California (five athletes), Oregon and Texas (two athletes).
Over 23,500 athletes worldwide accrued enough points to earn the designation All World Athlete. The United States led the AWA country standings with 8,071 athletes, followed by Australia (2,498), Germany (1,333), Canada (1,326) and the United Kingdom (1,230). To earn AWA status IRONMAN competitors must finish within the top 10 percent of their age group. AWA athletes are then 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/triathlon/organizations/all-world-athlete/agr-and-all-world-athlete.aspx. Inquiries about the program may be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Below are the winners in each respective division:
AG Name Country City, State/Province
F18-24 Mo Hinzen Austria Reith bei Kitzbühel, Tyrol
F25-29 Cecilie Mathorne Denmark Copenhagen
F30-34 Annah Watkinson South Africa Johannesburg
F35-39 Hailey Manning United States Redwood City, California
F40-44 Susanne Davis United States Carlsbad, California
F45-49 Holly Balogh United States Jackson, Wyoming
F50-54 Jody Gilchrist Australia Burwood East, Melbourne, Victoria
F55-59 Jennifer Reinhart United States Austin, Texas
F60-64 Michele Allison New Zealand Wellington
F65-69 Linda Ashmore United Kingdom Weymouth, Dorset
F70-74 Peggy McDowell-Cramer United States Santa Monica, California
F80-84 Harriet Anderson United States San Carlos, California
Marsha Smith United States Houston, Texas
F85+ Sister Madonna Buder United States Spokane, Washington
AG Name Country City, State/Province
M18-24 Robin Pesch Germany Jüchen, North Rhine-Westphalia
M25-29 Quentin Kurc Boucau France Meudon
M30-34 Barry Oelofsen Australia Nollamara, Western Australia
M35-39 Juan Valencia Colombia Medellin, Antioquia
M40-44 Sam Gyde Belgium Destelbergen, East Flanders
M45-49 Olivier Spagnol France Villeneuve Loubet
M50-54 David Ciaverella United States Happy Valley, Oregon
M55-59 Kenneth Smith Switzerland Mézières
M60-64 Kurt Madden United States Rancho Cucamonga, California
M65-69 Rob Howitt Australia Manly Vale, New South Wales
M70-74 Griffiths Weste Australia Aldgate, South Australia
M75-79 John Weber United States New York, New York
M80-84 Hiromu Inada Japan Yachiyo-shi, Chiba
M85+ Lew Hollander United States Redmond, Oregon
PC Christopher Lancaster United States Dahlonega, Georgia
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