Kona by the numbers: class of 2014

Strong crosswinds and tough conditions mean average finish times were up 24mins this year compared to 2013, with only the pro men appearing not to suffer


The tough conditions at this year’s Ironman Hawaii were plain to see, with strong sea currents for the swim, gusty crosswinds blowing across the Queen K highway and daytime temperatures peaking above 30°C.


We asked renowned tri statistician Raymond Britt (founder of RunTri.com) to crunch the numbers for us, and his findings reveal that average finish times hit 11:35hrs this year, up from 11:06hrs in 2013 and 11:32hrs in 2012:

Average finish times at Kona for the past eight years

The picture was broadly the same across all categories, with only the pro men managing to equal their 2013 average time of 8:50hrs:

Average times by category at Kona 2014

Of the 21 categories racing last Saturday, ten of them came in below the average time of 11:35hrs:

Average times by category at Kona 2014

Looking at the average splits across the three disciplines (plus transitions), the biggest increases were on the bike leg:

Average splits across disciplines at 2013
Average times across disciplines at Kona 2014

Average bike splits varied this year from 4:42hrs for the pro men to 7:35hrs for W60-64:

Average splits across the disciplines for each category at Kona 2014

(Main image: Paul Phillips)


Did you race in Hawaii last weekend? How did you get on? Let us know in the comments!