Ironman Lake Placid Kona Qualifying Times Analysis

At Ironman Lake Placid 2011, 65 outstanding triathletes qualified for Kona, earning the right to race at the Ironman World Championship in Hawaii this October.

Here's our analysis showing the last qualifying time (LQT) and number of qualifying slots distributed by age group, since 2004. [also see our complete Ironman Lake Placid 2011 Results Analysis]

Competition was tough this year, but we were surprised at how many age group qualifying times were similar, if not a bit slower, compared to 2010 results. The differences, even compared to earlier years, jump out when graphed from 2004 to 2011. One explanation for the slower times might be that only those who did not complete the swim in a wetsuit were eligible to qualify.

Note: we were able to identify 64 Kona qualifiers directly, and we estimated that the 65th slot was awarded in the M70-74 age group, which had multiple finishers.

For more, see our Qualifying For Kona analysis, and our complete Ironman Lake Placid race coverage.