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On IM Talk’s latest podcast WTC CEO Andrew Messick announced a new age group ranking system for 2102. The WTC plans on creating a global system of evaluating age group athletes based on their performance across Ironman, 70.3 and 5150 races. “You can see where you rank in your age group versus people in your country, in your region and around the world,” Messick says.
The rankings will allow WTC to evaluate athletes across multiple distances and Messick says it will create a reward and a benefit to being versatile. “It’s something we think just makes sense more broadly in the sport,” Messick says. “We’re a company of largely long-distance triathlon races and we know that athletes race at multiple distances and we think it’s a good think for athletes to race at multiple distances.”
“To be able to see who’s best—is it an Australian athlete? A New Zealand athlete? An American athlete? A Canadian? A German? A Frenchman? A German?” Messick says. “That has the potential to be a lot of fun.”
WTC is also looking to integrate Kona slots into the system.