It's official: Ironman triathlon is headed to Colorado in 2014. The just-announced inaugural Ironman Boulder will take place on August 3, 2014. The event will be a qualifier for the 2014 Ironman Triathlon World Championship, with 50 Kona qualifying slots to be allocated among top finishers. It's reported that registration will open at noon on July 17, 2013.
How tough will Ironman Boulder be? Let's start with the existing half-ironman race: Ironman 70.3 Boulder. Our detailed Ironman Boulder 2012 Results analysis, below, indicated an average finish time of 6 hours. Compared to the average finish time across all 40 Ironman 70.3 events we've analyzed, Boulder 70.3's relative difficulty is average.
What can triathletes expect at Ironman Boulder 2014? What will the average finish time be? Based on our analysis comparing 70.3 and full ironman distance events, if the courses are similar, we'd expect an average finish time in the 12:45 zone, just a bit tougher than 12:35 average across all Ironman triathlon events.
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Ironman Boulder 2012 Results Analysis
Ironman 70.3 Boulder 2011 Results Analysis