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A Look At The Field For The 2012 IRONMAN® World Championship Presented By myList Nearly 2,000 competitors hail from 64 countries and 50 US States

Defending Champion Craig Alexander Aims to Repeat While 2010 Women's Champion and Fellow Australian Mirinda Carfrae Looks to Reclaim the Title

KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii, Oct. 11, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- The 2012 IRONMAN® World Championship presented by myList is set to take place Saturday, October 13th in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii. Nearly 2,000 athletes from 50 states & 64 countries will swim 2.4 miles in the Pacific Ocean, cycle 112 miles through the iconic lava fields of Kailua-Kona and run 26.2 miles finishing on the scenic waterfront of Ali'i Drive. This year's field is packed with compelling stories and information including the fact that 53% of the competitors will be competing in Kona for the first time (1,086 participants) - 71% of those first timers are men and 29% are female.

With a field of athletes ranging in age from 19 to 82, competitors have qualified for the IRONMAN World Championship one of five ways: by earning a slot at one of the qualifying events held worldwide, by being selected in the IRONMAN Lottery Program, by winning a slot through IRONMAN's charitable eBay Auction, through the IRONMAN Legacy Program or via a new program introduced this year called Kona Inspired, where fans voted on eight inspirational athletes who submitted compelling stories telling why they should go to Kona.

Here is a more in depth look at the demographics of this year's entire participant field:

  • Gender
    • Male – 72%   
    • Female – 28%
  • Age
    Age groups of 50+ and above have all seen 20% or more growth compared to last year's field. 
    • 20 & Under – less than 1% 
    • 21-30 – 14% 
    • 31-40 – 32% 
    • 41-50 – 31%
    • 51-60 – 14%
    • 61-70 – 6%
    • 71 & Older – 2%
  • Global Population
    • Top Countries (% of international competitors)
      • Australia – 21% 
      • Germany – 13% 
      • Canada – 10%
      • Great Britain – 7%
      • Switzerland – 5%
    • Top Cities 
      • London, GBR – 19 participants
      • Sydney, AUS – 16 participants
      • Auckland, NZL – 13 participants
      • Toronto, CAN – 12 participants 
      • Perth, AUS – 10 participants
      • Tokyo, JAP – 10 participants 
  • US Population
    • Top States (% of US competitors)
      • California – 17%
      • New York – 7%
      • Colorado – 6%
      • Hawaii – 6%
      • Florida – 5%
      • Texas – 5%
    • Top Cities
      • New York, NY – 28 participants
      • Boulder, CO – 20 participants
      • Kailua-Kona, HI – 19 participants
      • Honolulu, HI – 14 participants
      • Austin, TX – 11 participants

Professional Field 

As always, this year's professional race features tough competition, headlined by Australian athletes Craig Alexander, defending champion, attempting to capture his fourth World Championship title ('08, '09 & '11) and Mirinda Carfrae, the 2010 World Champion and 2011 runner-up.  Other top professionals include: 

  • Women:
    • Leanda Cave – UK, 3rd place at the 2011 IRONMAN World Championship, winner of the 2012 IRONMAN World Championship 70.3 
    • Rachel Joyce – UK, 4th place at the 2011 IRONMAN World Championship and runner-up at 2012 IRONMAN Melbourne 
    • Caroline SteffenSwitzerland, 5th place at the 2011 IRONMAN World Championship, runner-up at the 2010 IRONMAN World Championship 
    • Kelly Williamson – US, winner of Memorial Hermann IRONMAN 70.3 Texas (US Championship), 2nd place finish at 2011 Memorial Hermann IRONMAN Texas
  • Men:
    • Pete JacobsAustralia, runner-up at the 2011 IRONMAN World Championship, 1st place at 2012 IRONMAN Lake Placid 
    • Sebastian KienleGermany, winner of the 2012 IRONMAN World Championship 70.3
    • Andreas RaelertGermany, three podium finishes in the last three IRONMAN World Championship races (3rd in 2011, 2nd in 2010 & 3rd in 2009)  
    • Jordan Rapp – US, winner of the 2012 IRONMAN US Championship in New York

For additional information during the 2012 IRONMAN World Championship presented by myList please visit www.ironmanworldchampionship.com and the following site:

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About IRONMAN
The iconic IRONMAN® Series of events is the largest participation sports platform in the world.  Since the inception of the IRONMAN® brand in 1978, athletes have proven that ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE® by crossing finish lines at the world's most challenging endurance races. Recognized for excellence through distinguished events, world-class athletes and quality products, World Triathlon Corporation (d/b/a IRONMAN), owner and operator of the IRONMAN® Series, has grown from owner of a single race to a global sensation with nearly 190 events across five unique brands: IRONMAN®, IRONMAN 70.3®, 5150 Triathlon Series, Iron Girl® and IronKids®. For more information, visit www.ironman.com.

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