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A Look At The Field For The 2012 IRONMAN® World Championship Presented By myList

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 Steffen – Switzerland, 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 Jacobs – Australia, runner-up at the 2011 IRONMAN World Championship, 1st place at 2012 IRONMAN Lake Placid
    • Sebastian Kienle – Germany, winner of the 2012 IRONMAN World Championship 70.3
    • Andreas Raelert – Germany, 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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