Ironman 2013 Money List

Note: This is an excerpt from my 2013 TriRating Report which has a lot more information about the 2013 long distance season. You can download it for free using this link.

In other sports – such as golf – the main way of ranking athletes is by the amount of prize money they make. With all the data from the qualifying races, I’ve built one for Ironman Triathlons. It is also a convenient way of putting men and women in the same list.

Here are the 20 athletes – both from the men and women – that have earned the most prize money in „official”, full-distance Ironman races in the Kona 2013 qualifying cycle. This year, I’ve added the Kona money makers and the changes in the rankings the Kona money makes:

Rank Name IM Kona Total Rank
1 Mary Beth Ellis 55.000 6
2 Eneko Llanos 50.000 7
3 Jodie Swallow 35.000 10
4 Erika Csomor 34.250 11
5 Luke Bell 30.000 16
Corinne Abraham 30.000 16
7 Camilla Pedersen 25.000 21
8 Jessie Donavan 22.000 25
9 Liz Blatchford 20.500 40.000 60.500 5
10 Uli Bromme 20.000 26
Ben Hoffman 20.000 26
Paul Amey 20.000 26
Bas Diederen 20.000 26
Ronnie Schildknecht 20.000 26
15 Meredith Kessler 18.750 14.000 32.750 14
16 Amanda Stevens 18.000 32
17 Ivan Rana 17.750 16.000 33.750 13
18 Gina Crawford 17.500 11.000 28.500 18
Yvonne Van Vlerken 17.500 22.500 40.000 8
20 Jan Raphael 17.250 33
24 Frederik Van Lierde 15.000 120.000 135.000 1
Luke McKenzie 15.000 60.000 75.000 3
Timothy O’Donnell 15.000 19.000 34.000 12
Timo Bracht 15.000 11.000 26.000 20
Rachel Joyce 15.000 60.000 75.000 3
Linsey Corbin 15.000 10.000 25.000 21
45 Michelle Vesterby 10.500 12.500 23.000 24
59 James Cunnama 8.500 22.500 31.000 15
68 Bart Aernouts 7.500 12.500 20.000 26
Caroline Steffen 7.500 19.000 26.500 19
Caitlin Snow 7.500 16.000 23.500 23
99 Faris Al-Sultan 5.000 10.000 15.000 35
130 Tyler Butterfield 3.000 14.000 17.000 34
141 Mirinda Carfrae 2.750 120.000 122.750 2
Sebastian Kienle 40.000 40.000 8

As last year, 70.3s and non-WTC races are not included.

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Here are some observations:

  • Mary Beth Ellis leads the non-Kona list (winning in Cozumel, France and Mont Tremblant) followed by Eneko Llanos (winning the regional Championships in Melbourne and Frankfurt). These two have made significantly more money than the leader last year (Caroline Steffen with 30.000).
  • Once you include Kona money, the list is dominated by the top 3 Kona athletes: Frederik, Rinny, Rachel, Luke, and Liz. Sebastian Kienle is “only” 8th, but he did not earn any other IM money.
  • The conclusion from previous years is still valid: Outside of a good Kona payday, it is next to impossible to make a living on Ironman prize money.

Photo Credit: Jay Prasuhn

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