Triathlon Age-Group Ranking System

On February 14, 2012 the WTC introduced the new age-group ranking system.

This ranking system was created to reward the outstanding efforts by the triathlon age-groupers of the world and it should be well-received.

Because it is in the early stages of development the Age-group ranking system(AGR)will tabulated on Ironman, Ironman 70.3, and 5150 Series race Age-Group results in Europe only in the initial year.

It can get crowded on an Ironman bike course.


Most likely the AGR series will be expanded around the world in coming years as the kinks are worked out.

Consider Europe a bit of a test to see how the system works.

It does not mean that you have to be European to enter, it means however that you have to travel to Europe to compete in one of the races listed below if you want to be part of the AGR system.

HOW AGR SERIES POINT SYSTEM WORKS

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SMALL POINTS

……11 points are earned for completing Ironman races.

…….7 points are earned for completing Ironman 70.3 races

…….3 points are earned for completing 5150 Triathlon Series races

BIG POINTS

5,000 points will be earned for winning your age group in a race of any of the three distances (only the best three races in an athlete’s season are scored).

Points will be accumulated based on time behind the age group winner and the cutoff time of the race. (For more details, see “Big Points Calculation” below.)

BONUS POINTS

If you WIN your age group in a race of each distance (an Ironman, an Ironman 70.3 and a 5150 Triathlon Series race) during the qualifying period, you will earn 1,000 bonus points.

If you COMPLETE an Ironman, an Ironman 70.3 and a 5150 Triathlon Series race during the qualifying period, you will earn 250 bonus points.

BIG POINTS CALCULATION

–the time between the age group’s fastest time and the cut-off time of the event is the base of the calculation. Formula to calculate the value of one second: 
5,000 / (cutoff time – fastest time)

–points are always positive integer

–result is rounded by truncation

–formula to calculate 
5,000 – 5,000 / (cutoff time [s] – fastest time [s] ) * time difference of athlete [s]

EXAMPLE CALCULATION

Ironman race with 17 hour cut off:

Age Group Winner finishes in 10:00:00

Big Points:

Cut-off time in seconds: 17*60*60 = 61,200,
Fastest time in seconds: 10*60*60 = 36,000

Age Group Winner gets 5,000 points

TIE-BREAKER

In the case of a tie, the winner will be determined by:

• Small points score

• If a winner is still undetermined, the overall added times of their scored races will be compared. The faster overall time wins.

THE AWARDS AND RECOGNITION FOR AGR POINTS LEADERS

Athletes ranked first in their age group will receive one free entry to an Ironman, Ironman 70.3 or 5150 Triathlon Series qualifying event of their choice.

Athletes ranking second through fifth in their age group will receive guaranteed entry for the Ironman, Ironman 70.3 or 5150 Triathlon Series qualifying event of their choice.

The AGR slots will be added into the overall number of available race entries and will not impact registration opportunities for other age group participants.

Everybody who finished an Ironman, Ironman70.3, or 5150 race in 2012 will get an online certificate in the first week of December 2012.

COMPLIMENTARY 5150 ENTRY

To receive the complimentary European 5150 Triathlon Series entry, please send an email to agr.invitation@ironman.com with the following information:

• First and last name

• Event name(s) and registration ID for the European Ironman and Ironman 70.3 races you have entered

• The 5150 race you would like to participate in during the 2012 season.

The free race entry is only applicable to European races during the 2012 5150 Triathlon Series season and is non-refundable and non-transferrable to races in a different series or during a different season.

Athletes will receive a registration code via e-mail to sign up for their race of choice. Please allow 7 days for us to process your complimentary entry and send the appropriate code.

GENERAL INFORMATION

All Ironman, Ironman 70.3 and 5150 Triathlon Series races in Europe between May 12, 2012 (Thomas Cook Ironman 70.3 Mallorca) and Nov. 10, 2012 (Ironman 70.3 Lanzarote) will be scored.

Athletes can enter as many races as they want, but only their three best results will be scored and included in the AGR. (See “Events” for a complete list of eligible races.). The AGR is not connected to KPR (Kona Points Ranking) in any way.

This trial run of the program is to recognize age group athletes only.

QUALIFYING EVENTS

EUROPEAN 5150 RACES
June 10………………….5150 Klagenfurt (Klagenfurt, Austria)
July 1…………………..5150 Liverpool (Liverpool, UK)
July 14………………….5150 Zurich (Zurich, Switzerland)


EUROPEAN IRONMAN 70.3 RACES
May 12, 2012…………….Ironman 70.3 Mallorca
May 20, 2012…………….Ironman 70.3 Austria
June 3, 2012…………….Ironman 70.3 Switzerland
June 10, 2012…………….Ironman 70.3 Italy
June 17, 2012…………….Ironman 70.3 U.K.
July 8, 2012…………….Ironman 70.3 Haugesund, Norway
Aug. 20, 2012…………….Ironman 70.3 Antwerp
Aug. 12, 2012…………….Ironman 70.3 Wiesbaden(world championships)
Sept.2, 2012…………….Ironman 70.3 Galway, Ireland
Sept.12, 2012…………….Ironman 70.3 France Pays d’Aix
Nov. 10, 2012…………….Ironman 70.3 Lanzarote


EUROPEAN IRONMAN RACES
May 19, 2012………………Ironman Lanzarote Canarial
June17, 2012………………Ironman Regensburg
June24, 2012………………Ironman France
July 1, 2012………………Ironman Austria
July 8, 2012………………Ironman Frankfurter European Championships
July 15,2012………………Ironman Switzeland
July 22,2012………………Ironman U.K.
Aug. 18,2012………………Ironman Sweden
Sept.16,2012………………Ironman Wales

Best of luck to the age-groupers of the world and may you accomplish all your goals and stay injury-free as the 2012 triathlon season unfolds.

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