A mainstay in the history of the Ironman, the Ironman Lottery began in 1983 thanks to the vision of one of Ironman's founders, John Collins, as a way to provide athletes of all abilities the opportunity to be part of the world's most challenging one-day endurance event. The 2010 Ironman Lottery Program officially opened on Thursday, Oct. 1, 2009 and will close on Sunday, Feb. 28, 2010 at 11:59 p.m. PT with all winning entries being announced on Thursday, April 15 at Noon ET.
The Ford Ironman World Championship selects 200 athletes each year to participate through the Ironman Lottery. A total of 150 athletes will be selected domestically and 50 athletes will be selected internationally. The Ford Ironman World Championship is one of the most in-demand athletic events in the world. Qualifying becomes more competitive each year, so the Ironman Lottery offers another opportunity to participate in this incredible event.
In 1990, Ironman established the Passport Club domestically as an addition to the Ironman Lottery. This year, the Passport Club was opened to athletes worldwide. The Passport Club offers many benefits, including an increased chance of being selected through the lottery.
For more information and FAQs, please log on to Ironman.com or e-mail Lottery@ironman.com.