2023 Ironman World Championship in Kona

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2023 Ironman World Championship 

The 2023 Ironman World Championship Women’s Race was held in Kailua Kona, Hawaii on Saturday, October 14th, 2023.

This event had the professional women racing in Kailua Kona while the professional men’s race was held in Nice, France in 2023. The Kona venue will now swap annually between hosting the men’s and women’s events.

Lucy Charles-Barclay, 2019

The Ironman World Championship has been held primarily in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii since 1981. This incredible race is considered the ultimate physical, mental, and emotional test of strength, resilience, and endurance in the world. Athletes from around the world competed in the 2023 Kona event and Big Island Guide was there!

Anne Haug, 2019

Record Setting Performances

The world’s best triathletes gather in Kona Hawaii each year to compete in this challenging and strenuous athletic competition. This year’s athletes had to work very hard to compete with recent, record breaking performances, but they were up for the task.

Lucy Charles-Barclay, 2023

Lucy Charles-Barclay claimed her first pro victory in Kona in 2023, and set the women’s course record in the process with a time of 8:24:31, lowering the mark by almost two minutes from Daniela Ryf’s 2018 record. With a swim time of 49:36, bike time of 4:32:29, and a run time of 2:57:38, Lucy had impressive performances across all three disciplines.

Anne Haug, 2023

The women’s run course record is now held by Anne Haug who ran an incredible 2:48:23 split in 2023, breaking a 2014 record set by Mirinda Carfrae. In 2018, Lucy Charles-Barclay set the women’s swim record with a split time of 48:14 and Daniela Ryf set the women’s bike record in 2018, when with a blistering 4:26:07 split.

Daniela Ryf 2018

The Athletes

The athlete lineup is always impressive and full of strong contenders, this year’s women’s race was no different and saw some familiar faces cross the finish line with impressive performances.

Women’s 2023 Top 3

1. Lucy Charles-Barclay (United Kingdom) – 8:24:31
2. Anne Haug (Germany) – 8:27:33
3. Laura Philipp (Germany) – 8:32:55

Laura Philipp, 2023

Watching the Ironman World Championship

Watching these dedicated athletes train around the Big Island in the weeks prior to The Ironman Race is always inspirational and brings to light the immense amount of work that goes into performing at the top of the sport. Their incredible displays of form and strength on race day are truly awe inspiring. Get more information about upcoming Ironman races on Ironman’s Website.

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