Latest News

Back to Latest News back

 

Ironman World Championship looks to 40 year anniversary

Ironman World Championship looks to 40 year anniversary
December 30, 2017

As the New Year approaches, the sport of Ironman Triathlon is preparing to mark its 40th anniversary.

On 18th February 1978 on the shores of the Hawaiian (USA) island of Oahu, 12 amateur athletes swam, cycled and ran a 226 kilometre course in a single day sporting competition - a feat that had never before been accomplished.

The achievement of these athletes heralded similar contests across the planet, managed by the World Triathlon Corporation, as well as the launch of a lifestyle sport and highly recognisable brand.

Today there are over three dozen Ironman Triathlon races throughout the world that enable qualification for the Ironman World Championships. Professional athletes qualify for the championship through a point ranking system, where points are earned based on their final placement in Ironman and Ironman 70.3 events. The top 50 male and top 35 female professionals in points qualify for the championship. Amateur athletes qualify for the championship by receiving slots allocated to each age group's top finishers in a qualifying event.

Australia’s first Ironman event was established in Port Macquarie, NSW in 1985.

The growth of the brand saw the World Triathlon Corporation being purchased by Chinese entertainment and real estate company the Dalian Wanda Group for a reported US$650 million in 2015.

Ironman events are not to be confused with the Australian IronMan and IronWoman Series, a property of Surf Life Saving Australia and backed by Kellogg Australian since the 1980s.

Principal Australasian Ironman events in 2018.

• IRONMAN New Zealand, Taupo - 3rd March 2018
• IRONMAN Australia, Oceania TriClub Championship - 6th May 2018
• IRONMAN Asia-Pacific Championship, Cairns - 10th June 2018
• IRONMAN Western Australia, Busselton - 2nd December 2018

Image: Competitors at the start of the swim leg of the 2014 Ironman Australia event in Port Macquarie.

1st February 2017 - INTERNATIONAL TRIATHLON UNION AND IRONMAN AGREE ‘HISTORIC’ DEVELOPMENT PARTNERSHIP

6th October 2016 - IRONMAN ASIA-PACIFIC CHAMPIONSHIPS A WINNER FOR CAIRNS 

19th August 2016 - SURF LIFE SAVING AUSTRALIA ANNOUNCES TRANSFORMATION OF AUSTRALIAN IRONMAN AND IRONWOMAN SERIES

29th July 2016 - BUSSELTON FESTIVAL OF TRIATHLON CROSSES THE LINE AS PROFESSIONAL EVENT OF THE YEAR

25th June 2016 - RECORD INTERNATIONAL ENTRIES FOR 38TH ANNUAL GOLD COAST AIRPORT MARATHON

1st June 2016 - QUEENSLAND LOOKS FOR RECOGNITION AS ‘ENDURANCE CAPITAL’

11th September 2015 - DALIAN WANDA BUYS IRONMAN TRIATHLON GROUP FOR US$650 MILLION

13th February 2015 - CHINA’S WANDA BUYS INFRONT SPORTS & MEDIA FOR US$1.2 BILLION 

29th June 2009 - NUTRI-GRAIN AND BILLABONG MOST RECOGNISED SPORTS SPONSORS


Asking a small favour
We hope that you value the news that we publish so while you're here can we ask for your support?

The news we publish at www.ausleisure.com.au is independent, credible (we hope) and free for you to access, with no pay walls and no annoying pop-up ads.

However, as an independent publisher, can we ask for you to support us by subscribing to the printed Australasian Leisure Management magazine - if you don't already do so.

Published bi-monthly since 1997, the printed Australasian Leisure Management differs from this website in that it publishes longer, in-depth and analytical features covering aquatics, attractions, entertainment, events, fitness, parks, recreation, sport, tourism and venues management.

Subscriptions cost just $90 a year.

Click here to subscribe.

 

supplier directory

The Complete Guide to Leisure Industry Products & Services.

See the directory see all

NOVOFIT

NovoFit is an exciting and dynamic new company born from two of Australia’s leading commercial fitness equipment suppliers. NovoFit combines over 45 years of industry expertise, delivering state…

read more

Fitness / Recreation / Sport / Technology / Wellness

 
 

Otium Planning Group

Otium Planning Group is a contemporary sport and leisure consultancy providing services in planning, facility development, management and funding for the sport, recreation and leisure industries…

read more

Aquatics / Consultants / Recreation / Sport / Venues

 
 

SGL GROUP

SGL is an innovative and progressive lifestyle, leisure and community consulting practice, operated by Phillip Gray and active since 1988. SGL has undertaken an extensive range of sport,…

read more

Aquatics / Consultants / Fitness / Recreation / Sport

 
 

DEBITSUCCESS

Over the past 10 years Debitsuccess has been providing expert billing services to businesses across Australia. Debitsuccess is now the largest full service direct debit provider in Australasia,…

read more

Billing / Finance / Fitness / Golf / Recreation

 
 

The Jump Pad

The Jump Pad is a safe, flat inflatable made in a variety of sizes which can be used indoor or outdoor. From 3mx3m up to a whopping 9mx21m. Markets include Indoor and outdoor playgrounds, schools,…

read more

Attractions / Entertainment / Play

 
 

Enta Australasia

As of the 1st July 2018, Enta Australasia Pty Ltd/Best Union has been rebranded as VIVATICKET Pty Ltd.  Click here to view the VIVATICKET Pty Ltd listing.  19th July 2018 - ENTA…

read more

Technology / Ticketing / Venues

 
 

HRMWEB

At easyemployer we've come up with a software solution that manages one of your most important, and often most costly, business resources - your staff. We are helping 100s of clients to…

read more

Finance / Fitness / Technology

 
 

PathMinder

PathMinder Pty Ltd have partnered with AllUser Industries srl to bring Europe’s most advanced high security portals to the Australian and New Zealand markets. AllUser Industries started to…

read more

Access / Fitness / Recreation / Security

 
 
 
 

get listed with our suppliers directory

Get your business noticed in our targeted directory. Viewed by 10,000 industry professionals per week!

list your business