2021 Ironman World Championship – Moved to Utah

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2021 Ironman World Championship 

With the increase in Covid cases in Hawaii, the 2021 Ironman World Championship was first rescheduled for Feb 2022, but has now been moved to St. George, Utah and will be held on May 7, 2022. 

The next Ironman World Championship will be the 44th such event. Held in Kailua-Kona since 1981, the Ironman World Championship is considered the ultimate physical, mental, and emotional test of strength, resilience, and endurance in the world. Athletes ranging in age from 18-85, 100 professional qualifiers, and over 2,000 competitors compete in the historic event each year. The world’s best triathletes gather each year to compete in this challenging and strenuous athletic competition. Qualification for the Ironman World Championship requires placement in other Ironman competitions or Ironman 70.3 races, of which there are around 50 such events worldwide.

Jan Frodeno

Recent Record Setting Performances

The pro competitors always show up with ambitious goals and while the race location will be different, we suspect this year will be no different. In 2018 athletes claimed 5 new course records, then broke some of those in 2019. Patrick Lange took the overall course record in 2018, with a time of 7:52:39, marking the first sub-8-hour finish in Kailua-Kona. Daniela Ryf set a new women’s course record of 8:26:16 and a new record for the women’s bike portion of the 2018 race. In 2018 Lucy Charles claimed the women’s course record for the swim and Cameron Wurf set a new men’s course bike record. Then in 2019 Jan Frodeno broke the previous year’s overall course record with a lightning fast 7:51:13.

If you missed the 2019 Ironman World Championship read our recap here.

Anne Haug is the 2019 Ironman World Champion

The 2021 Athlete Line Up – Women’s Division

The 2021 Women’s lineup does not disappoint and is shaping up to be an impressive field, full of strong contenders.

Sarah Crowley

In the women’s division, Anne Haug (GER), Lucy Charles-Barclay (GBR), Sarah Crowley (AUS), Daniela Ryf (SUI), and Laura Philipp (GER) are some of the strong qualifiers leading up to race day.

Lucy Charles-Barclay

The Athlete Line Up – Men’s Division

Everyone expects to see strong performances in the men’s division from Jan Frodeno (GER), Sebastian Kienle (GER), Tim O’Donnell (USA), Patrick Lange (GER), Patrik Nilsson (SWE), David McNamee (GBR), and Cameron Wurf (AUS). With a host of recent winners and record holders in the lineup, it is sure to be a competitive race.

Tim O’Donnell


Patrick Lange


Sebastian Kienle

Ironman Raceday Coverage

If you aren’t lucky enough to be in Utah for the event, you can still see live coverage and follow along. Watch Live on Ironman Now Facebook Channel

Get more information on Ironman’s Website.

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