Kona 2020

Note: The Kona 2020 race has been rescheduled for February 6th, 2021. I’ll leave the title of this page as is, that way it is easier to distinguish between the rescheduled 2020 race and the originally planned Kona 2021 in October.

Pro Athletes Qualified for Kona 2020

For details on Kona Pro Qualifying, check out my post explaining the elements of the system. If you’re looking for the 2019 Kona qualifiers, check out this page.

(Note: You can sort the tables below by clicking on the column headers.)

Females Qualified for Kona

# Name Nation Race Date Slot Type
1 Ryf, Daniela SUI IM Hawaii 2018-10-13 Champion, 70.3 (NV)
2 Corbin, Linsey USA IM Wisconsin 2019-09-08 Race
3 Mitchell, Simone GBR IM Wales 2019-09-15 Race
4 Lehrieder, Carolin GER IM Italy 2019-09-21 Race
5 Naeth, Angela CAN IM Chattanooga 2019-09-29 Race
6 Svensk, Sara SWE IM Barcelona 2019-10-06 Race
7 Haug, Anne GER IM Hawaii 2019-10-12 Champion (NV)
8 Charles-Barclay, Lucy GBR IM Hawaii 2019-10-12 Kona Podium (NV)
9 Crowley, Sarah AUS IM Hawaii 2019-10-12 Kona Podium
10 Kortekaas, Tessa NED IM Malaysia 2019-10-26 Race
11 Lester, Carrie AUS IM Cozumel 2019-11-24 Race
12 Stage Nielsen, Maja DEN IM Cozumel 2019-11-24 Race
13 Vesterby, Michelle DEN IM Cozumel 2019-11-24 Race
14 Jackson, Heather USA IM Arizona 2019-11-24 Race
15 Kessler, Meredith USA IM Arizona 2019-11-24 Race
16 Adam, Teresa NZL IM Western Australia 2019-12-01 Race
17 Piampiano, Sarah USA IM Western Australia 2019-12-01 Race
18 Corachan Vacquero, Judith ESP IM New Zealand 2020-03-07 Race
19 McBride, Rachel CAN IM New Zealand 2020-03-07 Race

Males Qualified for Kona

# Name Nation Race Date Slot Type
1 Lange, Patrick GER IM Hawaii 2018-10-13 Champion (NV)
2 Aguayo Munoz, Emilio ESP IM Wisconsin 2019-09-08 Race
3 Iden, Gustav NOR 70.3 World Championship 2019-09-08 70.3 (NV)
4 Guilloux, Arnaud FRA IM Wales 2019-09-15 Race
5 Wurf, Cameron AUS IM Italy 2019-09-21 Race
6 Long, Sam USA IM Chattanooga 2019-09-29 Race
7 Angert, Florian GER IM Barcelona 2019-10-06 Race
8 Frodeno, Jan GER IM Hawaii 2019-10-12 Champion (NV)
9 Kienle, Sebastian GER IM Hawaii 2019-10-12 Kona Podium (NV)
10 O’Donnell, Timothy USA IM Hawaii 2019-10-12 Kona Podium
11 Gomez, Javier ESP IM Malaysia 2019-10-26 Race
12 Hoffman, Ben USA IM Florida 2019-11-02 Race
13 Skipper, Joe GBR IM Florida 2019-11-02 Race
14 Butterfield, Tyler BMU IM Cozumel 2019-11-24 Race
15 De Elias, Mario ARG IM Cozumel 2019-11-24 Race
16 Weiss, Michael AUT IM Cozumel 2019-11-24 Race
17 Brownlee, Alistair GBR IM Western Australia 2019-12-01 Race
18 Burton, Matt AUS IM Western Australia 2019-12-01 Race
19 Currie, Braden NZL IM New Zealand 2020-03-07 Race
20 Phillips, Mike NZL IM New Zealand 2020-03-07 Race

Athletes who Declined Their Slot

# Name Nation Race Date Slot Type

Explanation of Slot Types

Here are some more details on the different slot types:

  • Champion
    Kona Winners receive a slot for the next five years. This slot has to be verified by finishing at least one Ironman outside of Kona. If an athlete has not validated his/her champion slot, “(NV)” is added. (The date shown is the date of the most recent win.)
  • Kona Podium
    Second- and third-place finishers in Kona receive a slot for next year’s Kona race. This slot has to be verified by finishing at least one Ironman outside of Kona. If an athlete has not validated his/her Kona Podium slot, “(NV)” is added.
  • 70.3
    The winners of the 70.3 Championships receive a slot for next year’s Kona race. This slot has to be verified by finishing at least one Ironman outside of Kona. If an athlete has not validated his/her 70.3 slot, “(NV)” is added.
  • Race
    This is the “normal” way of qualifying by winning or finishing close to the front in an Ironman race. There is no additional validation requirement for this type of slot.
  • Will Not Start
    Athletes who have received a slot but have indicated that they won’t race Kona. Reasons could be different plans or injuries. According to the rules by Ironman, these slots won’t be reassigned to another athlete. The names will also be crossed out.
  • Declined
    Athletes who declined a slot they earned in one of the qualifying races. It’s unlikely but if they get another in another race, they might still accept that “second” slot.

Upcoming Qualifying Races

With the Covid19 crisis, Ironman has postponed a number of races, impacting the number of Pro slots available.

Date Race Prize Purse MPRO Slots WPRO Slots Unassigned
Slots
29-Mar-20 Ironman African Championship – Nelson Mandela Bay $150.000 2 2 2
25-Apr-20 Ironman Texas $60.000 1 1
2-May-20 Ironman North American Championship – St. George $150.000 2 2 2
3-May-20 Ironman Australia $40.000 1 1 2
23-May-20 Ironman Lanzarote $25.000 1 1
31-May-20 Ironman Tulsa $60.000 1 1
31-May-20 Ironman Brasil $40.000 1 1 2
7-Jun-20 Ironman Asia Pacific Championship – Cairns $150.000 2 2 2
14-Jun-20 Ironman France $80.000 1 1
21-Jun-20 Ironman Ireland – WPRO $40.000 2
21-Jun-20 Ironman Hamburg – MPRO $40.000 2
28-Jun-20 Ironman European Championship – Frankfurt $150.000 2 2 2
5-Jul-20 Ironman Austria $60.000 1 1
12-Jul-20 Ironman Vitoria-Gasteiz – MPRO $40.000 2
12-Jul-20 Ironman Switzerland Thun – WPRO $40.000 2
25-Jul-20 Ironman Santa Rosa – MPRO $40.000 2
26-Jul-20 Ironman Lake Placid – WPRO $40.000 2
15-Aug-20 Ironman Sweden – WPRO $40.000 1
16-Aug-20 Ironman Copenhagen – MPRO $40.000 1
23-Aug-20 Ironman Mont Tremblant $60.000 1 1
30-Aug-20 Ironman Canada – Penticton $60.000 1 1
Open Slots 3
Already Assigned Previous races, including 70.3 Champions 20 19

The unassigned slots are proportionally assigned to the male and female Pros according to the number of Pro starters in the race.

By now, Kona has been moved to February 6th, 2021, and the following rescheduled races will offer Pro slots for that race:

Date Race Prize Purse MPRO Slots WPRO Slots Unassigned
Slots
6-Sep-2020 Ironman Hamburg MPRO $40.000 2
13-Sep-20 Ironman Australia $40.000 1 1
19-Sep-20 Ironman North American Championship – St. George $150.000 2 2 2
20-Sep-20 Ironman Austria $60.000 1 1
27-Sep-20 Ironman Asia Pacific Championships – Cairns $100.000 1 1
11-Oct-20 Ironman France $80.000 1 1
18-Oct-20 Ironman Texas $60.000 1 1
Potential Slots 9 7 2

There are a few more races (currently without a firm data in 2020) that could also be qualifiers for a February race:

Date Race Prize Purse MPRO Slots WPRO Slots Unassigned
Slots
Ironman European Championship – Frankfurt $150.000 2 2 2
Ironman Vitoria Gasteiz MPRO $40.000 2
Ironman Santa Rosa MPRO $40.000 2
Ironman Mont Tremblant $ 60.000 1 1
Potential Slots 7 3 2

The slots shown in the table are based on the originally planned races but may of course change, maybe also MPRO races are changed to races for both genders etc. Ironman is currently not publishing any slot information, indicating that the originally assigned slots (as shown here) are likely to change.

Bringing all these categories together, we have:

  • Already Assigned: 20m, 19f
  • Original dates: 3f
  • Moved races: 7m, 7f, 2u
  • Open races: 9m, 3f, 2u

This would lead to a total of 36m, 32f, 4u slots – a number that is likely on the low side – expect either some “wildcards” (maybe contingent on validation) or additional slots at the races to be held in 2020 now that a February race has been announced.

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