2019 IRONMAN XC Full-Distance Events
IRONMAN World Championship (Kailua-Kona, Hawaii)
Slot Distribution Procedures
XC Age Division Slot - A minimum of one (1) IRONMAN World Championship slot will be awarded to EACH XC Age Division.
Each IRONMAN (140.6) XC Series event in 2019 will have two (2) preset Age Divisions:
49 and Under (includes both male and female athletes)
50 and Over (includes both male and female athletes)
IRONMAN World Championship slots will be awarded to the athlete who has the best % finish (vs. starters in their traditional age group).
2019 Kona qualification, in the event an XC Age Division consists of more than nine (9) race day starters, an additional Kona slot will be added, totaling two (2) slots for that Division. The second slot will be awarded to the XC athlete that has the second best percentile finish (vs. starters in their traditional age group).
XC Age Division: 49 & Under
Traditional Age Group
Age Group Rank
Starters in Age Group
Age Group Percentile
F 40 - 44
M 45 - 49
M 35 - 39
PR Challenge Slot- One (1) additional IRONMAN World Championship slot will be awarded at each full-distance IRONMAN XC Series Event in 2019 to the athlete with the Most Improved Personal Record.
To be eligible, XC athletes must have completed at least two (2) full-distance IRONMAN events (prior to the XC event you are competing in); your PR will be used from an event within the five (5) years prior to the upcoming IRONMAN XC event date.
Since courses differ in degree of difficulty, races will be handicapped and PR times will be adjusted accordingly.
Improvements in PR times will be calculated on a percentile basis.
Beginning with the 2011 season and beyond, each XC athlete may win a PR Challenge slot only once. (2009 and 2010 XC athletes are still eligible to win the PR challenge slot, providing they have not won it again in the 2011 season or beyond).
*Note: Winners of XC Age Division Slot(s) are ineligible for the PR Challenge slot.
*Note: In the event there is no PR Challenge winner, The PR Challenge slot will be converted to an XC Age Division slot and awarded to the athlete from either XC Age Division that had the next best % finish (vs. starters in their traditional age group).
*Note: IRONMAN World Championship Slots are non-transferable and may not be deferred to another year. Those athletes who win a slot must participate at the XC Series’ IRONMAN World Championship package and compete for the title of IRONMAN XC Series’ Athlete of the Year.
*Note: Athletes with existing Age Group qualifying slots to the IRONMAN World Championship or IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship are ineligible for XC slots to those events.
*Note: IRONMAN reserves the right to modify the roll-down procedure for XC IRONMAN World Championship slots
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