IRONMAN has announced the global results for the IRONMAN® and IRONMAN® 70.3® Athletes’ Choice Awards, highlighting the highest-scoring events in a variety of categories based on athlete surveys from all the 2022 IRONMAN® and IRONMAN 70.3® races from around the world.
Out of the 50 IRONMAN Series triathlons that took place in 2022, globally, the Cairns Airport IRONMAN Asia-Pacific Championship Cairns race earned the biggest honour in Overall Satisfaction. Out of the 118 IRONMAN 70.3 series events that took place in 2022, globally, the IRONMAN 70.3 Rwanda race took top honours in Overall Satisfaction.
In Europe, IRONMAN Kalmar triathlon wins gold in the IRONMAN Athletes’ Choice Awards for Will Recommend To A Friend, and silver in the biggest honor, the Overall Satisfaction award. And, hot off the heels from being voted “World’s #1 Bucket List Race” last year by the IRONMAN community on social media, the IRONMAN Switzerland-Thun triathlon secured multiple top-10 results, including first for Overall Bike Experience and second for Overall Swim Experience.
Results for the 2022 Global Athletes’ Choice Awards were gathered from post event surveys sent to all athletes who completed an IRONMAN or IRONMAN 70.3 race. Surveys were based on a five-point satisfaction scale and encompassed multiple categories including: Most Recommended Race, Overall Swim Experience, Overall Bike Experience, Overall Run Experience, Overall Satisfaction, Overall Venue Experience, Overall Host City Experience and Post-Race Celebration Experience, among others. Nearly 65,000 total survey respondents gave feedback to decide the winners for each category of IRONMAN and IRONMAN 70.3 events, marking a major accomplishment for the winning events and their host communities.
Below are the top performers in each category for the IRONMAN and IRONMAN 70.3 Global Series events.
Best overall race
Cairns Airport IRONMAN Asia-Pacific Championship Cairns
IRONMAN 70.3 Rwanda
Best swim course
IRONMAN Chattanooga, part of the VinFast IRONMAN North America Series
Enea IRONMAN 70.3 Gdynia
Best bike course
IRONMAN Switzerland Thun
ISUZU IRONMAN 70.3 Durban
Best run course
Certified Piedmontese Beef IRONMAN Tulsa, part of the VinFast IRONMAN North America Series
IRONMAN 70.3 Oregon
Will recommend to a friend
IRONMAN Kalmar Sweden
IRONMAN 70.3 Michigan
Overall venue experience
Itaú BBA IRONMAN Brazil
IRONMAN 70.3 Egypt
Overall host city experience
Enea IRONMAN Gdynia
IRONMAN 70.3 Port Macquarie
Post-race celebration experience
IRONMAN Kalmar Sweden
Itaú BBA IRONMAN 70.3 Fortaleza