It’s that time of year again and the Ironman Hawaii 2013 lottery opened on October 24, 2012. The Ironman legacy program gives 100 age-group athletes and five physically challenged athletes the opportunity to be part of Ironman Hawaii on October 12, 2013.
Much to his credit, John Collins who was one of the founders of the Ironman Triathlon began this tradition in 1983 “as a way to provide athletes ranging in athletic ability the opportunity to be a part of the world’s most challenging one-day endurance.”–(Ironman Live)
It’s a reality that many people will never get the opportunity to be part of the greatest endurance race in the world and it gets harder and harder to qualify with more WTC races being established every year and as a result, fewer qualifying spots are available per race.
The lottery guarantees that regardless of their ability, 100 triathletes will have an opportunity to be in the same race with the greatest Ironman pros in the world.
IRONMAN LEGACY PROGRAM 2012
The Legacy Program is one other way for 100 more athletes to make it into the race.
There are several requirements that must be met before a triathlete can register for the Legacy program.
–Over their career they must have completed at least 12 WTC Ironman races.
–It must be their first Ironman Hawaii and a person who has already raced in Kona will not be eligible.
–Must also have completed a full Ironman in both 2011 and 2012.
–Must be registered in another full-distance Ironman in 2013.
For a look at some excellent images of the Ironman Hawaii 2012 World Championships visit 2012 Ironman Hawaii results
Registration opened October 24, 2012 at www.ironmanworldchampionship.com for both programs and will end on Friday March 1, 2012.
The winners will be announced on April 14, 2013 on Ironman.com.