2018 IRONMAN Athlete Choice Awards Announced For IRONMAN and IRONMAN 70.3 Triathlons

March 8, 2019

Cairns Airport IRONMAN Asia-Pacific Championship Cairns and The Baker Institute IRONMAN 70.3 Geelong earn Top Honors

TAMPA, Fla. – IRONMAN, a Wanda Sports Holdings company, today announced the results of its 2018 Athlete Choice Awards, releasing the Top 10 scoring events in a variety of categories based solely on athlete surveys from all of the 2018 IRONMAN® and IRONMAN® 70.3® races globally.

Out of the 41 IRONMAN series events that took place in 2018, Cairns Airport IRONMAN Asia-Pacific Championship Cairns earned the biggest honor in Overall Satisfaction. Out of the 105 IRONMAN 70.3 series events that took place in 2018, The Baker Institute IRONMAN 70.3 Geelong took top honors in Overall Satisfaction.

Results for the 2018 Athlete Choice Awards were gathered from post event surveys sent to all athletes who competed in an IRONMAN or IRONMAN 70.3 race. Surveys were based on a 5-point satisfaction scale and encompassed multiple categories including Overall Satisfaction, Overall Swim, Overall Bike, Overall Run, Overall Venue Experience, Overall Host City Experience, Overall Post-Race Celebration, Will Attend Next Year, and Will Recommend to a Friend, among others. After collecting feedback from over 55,000 total survey respondents, the winners were chosen for each category of IRONMAN and IRONMAN 70.3 events, marking a major accomplishment for the events and their host communities.

Some additional category winners include:

  • Will Attend Next Year
    • IRONMAN Gurye Korea
    • Kia IRONMAN 70.3 Ecuador
  • Overall Swim
    • Kellogg’s Nutri-Grain IRONMAN New Zealand
    • IRONMAN 70.3 Santa Cruz
  • Overall Bike
    • IRONMAN Kalmar, Sweden
    • Tie between IRONMAN 70.3 St.Pölten and IRONMAN 70.3 Haugesund, Norway
  • Overall Run
    • IRONMAN Wisconsin
    • IRONMAN 70.3 Taupō
  • Overall Venue Experience
    • Kellogg’s Nutri-Grain IRONMAN New Zealand
    • IRONMAN 70.3 Taupō
  • Overall Host City Experience
    • IRONMAN Wisconsin
    • Tie between IRONMAN 70.3 Coeur d’Alene, IRONMAN 70.3 Port Macquarie, IRONMAN 70.3 Sunshine Coast, IRONMAN 70.3 Taupō, and IRONMAN 70.3 Western Australia
  • Overall Celebration Day/Post-Race Celebration Experience
    • Standard Bank IRONMAN African Championship, South Africa
    • Alveo IRONMAN 70.3 Davao
  • Will Recommend to a Friend
    • IRONMAN Kalmar, Sweden
    • Tie between IRONMAN 70.3 Cartagena, Sunbelt Bakery IRONMAN 70.3 Chattanooga presented by McKee A Family Bakery, IRONMAN 70.3 Coeur d’Alene, Kia IRONMAN 70.3 Ecuador, and IRONMAN 70.3 Jönköping

To view the full IRONMAN Athlete’s Choice Award results, please visit for IRONMAN series and for IRONMAN 70.3 series.

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