How much does it cost to race Kona?

Got your eye on qualifying for the Ironman World Championships, but wondering how much it would actually cost to do the race? Matt Baird does the sums

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Entry for 2020’s Ironman World Championships race is $975 USD (about £778), with the online registration fees taking it over the $1,000 mark, but that’s just the start. 


How to qualify for Kona

We tracked the London to Kona flight route throughout 2019 and the cheapest flight prices were largely consistent (tracking at about £900 for the cheapest return), with a couple of fluctuations. The lowest fare was £705 some 191 days before the race, with the highest price coming 235 days before (£1,175).

The cheapest prices, however, were often flights with more than one stop and long connection times. We settled on an American/BA combo at £1,150 return (including seating fees and taxes but with no hold luggage) with a night in Los Angeles, which helped with the jetlag, and a return via Phoenix.

Accommodation is the other fiscal biggie, with the majority of places around Kona town booked up. Expect to pay around £250 per night for a double hotel room, but significantly less if you want to stay in Kalaoa near the airport.


Meals at Huggo’s on the Rocks, our favourite spot in Kona, were about $20 for a main, with that post-race pint of Long Board Ale coming in at $7!

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