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.
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!