Ironman has announced updated 2023 global competition rules for Ironman and Ironman 70.3 Series, aimed at broadening inclusivity through new and modified athlete divisions.
The big picture: Ironman has added a new division, Open, to provide inclusion opportunities for all able-bodied athletes who wish to race in an event without a gender or age-based peer comparison. Additionally, the PC Open/Exhibition division has been expanded to now include athletes with an intellectual disability, creating the Physically Challenged/Intellectual Disability (PC/ID) Open division.
What they are saying: “Inclusion in Ironman changed my life because it helped me get my dreams by giving me a big crazy goal," said Chris Nikic, the first person with Down syndrome to complete an Ironman. “Now I also have a purpose to help others enjoy this amazing opportunity. A huge thanks to Ironman for being first and inspiring all the major running races around the world to follow."
Context: The 2023 Ironman Competition Rules, including new and updated athlete divisions, will go into effect on March 1, 2023. Athletes in the PC/ID Open division will be eligible for the PC/ID Open World Championship Drawing, while athletes in the Open division will not be eligible for Ironman or Ironman 70.3 World Championship qualifying slots.
Noteworthy: Ironman will be further aligning with World Triathlon rules and policies in a number of areas, including the eligibility regulations for Transgender Athletes and approved running shoes for all Ironman and Ironman 70.3 events.