Kona 2019: 2,500 Athletes from 74 Countries Competed

On Saturday, Oct. 12 approximately 2,500 athletes from 74 countries, regions, and territories converged on Kailua-Kona to compete in the 41st anniversary of the Ironman World Championship. Here’s a look at some basic stats about the field, as well as some images from photographer Rocky Arroyo. Be sure to check out all of our Kona coverage here.

  • 73 percent of registered participants (1,783 athletes) were male
  • 27 percent of registered participants (669 athletes) were female
  • 44 was the average age of all registrants
  • Hiromu Inada (JPN) was the oldest male participant at 86, while Valentin Carboniero (DEN) was the youngest at 20
  • Dexter Yeats (USA) was the oldest female participant at 74, while Pauline Anouk Chlo√© Dauvergne (FRA) was the youngest at 18
  • 6 athletes celebrated their birthdays on event weekend
  • 46 U.S. states were accounted for, with the greatest number hailing from California (92), Texas (61), Hawaii (57), Colorado (52), and Florida (50).
  • Approximately 95,000 registered athletes compete in Ironman races each year
  • More than 5,000 volunteers made the race possible
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