Asia-Pacific Ironman Races among the Awardees in Ironman Athletes’ Choice Awards

Ironman recently held a survey among its participants in their 40 Ironman and 96 Ironman 70.3 events last year to rate their experiences.  Around 250,000 athletes joined those races and approximately 20% answered the post-race surveys.  The athletes were asked to rate the races in several categories such as Best Overall Event, Best Swim, Best Bike, Best Run, Best Venue Experience and Best Post Race Celebration.  Ironman released those surveys and you can find the full articles below:

The 2016 IRONMAN 70.3 Athletes’ Choice Awards

The 2016 IRONMAN Athletes’ Choice Awards

Among the races in Asia and Oceania region included in the surveys are.

The Ironman and Ironman 70.3 World Championship events were not included in the survey.

Overall Satisfaction-Ironman 70.3

Ironman Bintan 70.3 was voted  #3 in Overall Satisfaction in Athletes’ Choice Awards

T3. Wonderful Indonesia IRONMAN 70.3 Bintan: “The excitement and enthusiasm of the locals and staff around the event. It really made you feel like you were a part of something amazing and very welcome.”
6. Sinox IRONMAN 70.3 Taiwan: “Excellent race and support team.”
7. SunSmart IRONMAN 70.3 Busselton: “An overall positive vibe of everyone involved!”
9. IRONMAN 70.3 Korea-Gurye: “I loved everything about this race, but especially the volunteers, they helped me get through a tough day.”

Overall Swim-Ironman 70.3

9. SunSmart IRONMAN 70.3 Busselton: “Really enjoyed the rolling start. I felt a lot safer.”

Overall Bike-Ironman 70.3

T7. IRONMAN 70.3 Dubai: “The directions were clear, course was very well marked and perfectly secured from traffic control perspective.”

Overall Run-Ironman 70.3

6. IRONMAN 70.3 Cairns: “Super super support!”

9. IRONMAN 70.3 Bahrain: “Really great nutrition support! Water every 2 km was brilliant and lots of support form volunteers too. ”

Best Host City Experience-Ironman 70.3

4. IRONMAN 70.3 Cairns: “An enjoyable place to stay with my family for a week.”
10. IRONMAN 70.3 Dubai: “An awesome event that far exceeded my expectations.”

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Best Post-Race Celebration-Ironman 70.3

1. IRONMAN 70.3 Geelong: “This one is a classic! The Aussies know how to party.”

7. IRONMAN 70.3 Dubai: “Being in the finish area with all the other triathletes was my favorite moment.”

8. IRONMAN 70.3 Vietnam, Powered by Number 1: “A rockin’ time! My favorite part was the finish line.”

9. Sinox IRONMAN 70.3 Taiwan: “I felt like I had met a great achievement.”

Will Attend Next Year-Ironman 70.3

1. Sinox IRONMAN 70.3 Taiwan: “I will be back.”

4. IRONMAN 70.3 Korea Gurye: “This is the smartest race for me to attend, so I will come back.”

5. IRONMAN 70.3 Dubai: “An overall wonderful experience.”

8. Xiamen BANK IRONMAN 70.3 Xiamen: “Honestly, this event surprised me. I was sincerely impressed with the organization, the venue, the city, the support, absolutely everything.”
10. Cobra Energy Drink IRONMAN 70.3 Philippines: “This event was flawless from start to finish.”

Best Race Food Selection: IRONMAN 70.3 Dubai


Overall Satisfaction-Ironman

1. Kellogg’s Nutri-Grain IRONMAN New Zealand: “This race is simply epic—a classic, time-honored IRONMAN tradition.”

Overall Swim-Ironman

1. IRONMAN Australia: “Swimming in the Hastings River was a wonderful experience, and the rolling start eased my mind.”

5. SunSmart IRONMAN Western Australia: “Pristine.”

T6. Kellogg’s Nutri-Grain IRONMAN New Zealand: “The swim was magnificent. The lake is absolutely stunning and I would do it over again in a second.”

Overall Bike-Ironman

T6. Kellogg’s Nutri-Grain IRONMAN New Zealand: “The bike has a bit of everything. Don’t mess with it!”

Overall Run-Ironman

4. Kellogg’s Nutri-Grain IRONMAN New Zealand: “Amazing scenery and I loved that it goes through town where they are naturally a lot of spectators. It gives you the motivational boost you need.”

Best Race Venue -Ironman

7. IRONMAN Australia: “This venue has it dialed, I loved the support, the logistics were clear, and there was plenty to do in the area. The local support and race-day support that this event always delivers were my favorite elements of this event.”

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Best Host City Experience-Ironman

1. IRONMAN Australia: “Port Macquarie is a wonderful place to spend a week and there’s plenty to do.”

4. SunSmart IRONMAN Western Australia: “This town is everything you’d expect from a coastal Australian town.”

6. Kellogg’s Nutri-Grain IRONMAN New Zealand: “You can’t beat this for an IRONMAN town…so much beauty and energy everywhere.”

Best Post-Race Celebration-Ironman

1. Kellogg’s Nutri-Grain IRONMAN New Zealand: “Thanks for the cookies…my favorite!”

4. IRONMAN Australia: “I loved the food in recovery this year, it was the best out of all six IRONMAN events I’ve raced.”

8. IRONMAN Malaysia: “Heart-pumping, amazing time.”

Will Attend Next Year-Ironman

2. IRONMAN Malaysia: “I will be back!”

3. IRONMAN Taiwan: “This was my first IRONMAN and it was such a positive experience on every level.”

5. IRONMAN Australia: “The family friendly atmosphere was next-level at this race. The finish chute is just so special at Port, I loved seeing the family and friends and thanking them before crossing the line.”

6. Kellogg’s Nutri-Grain IRONMAN New Zealand: “As a first-time IRONMAN athlete and first-time New Zealand visitor I was blown away by the town and community. Everyone was so friendly, and I was fortunate enough to experience perfect race conditions and the setting was just stunning. I would do it again in a heartbeat.”

10. SunSmart IRONMAN Western Australia: “I have competed here three years in a row. I’ll be back for sure.”

Will Recommend to a Friend-Ironman

9. Kellogg’s Nutri-Grain IRONMAN New Zealand: “I just can’t say enough positive words about the race and the volunteers—particularly those in the transition. I’m sure I’ll never have a race experience that good again.”

Best Race Food Selection: Cairns Airport IRONMAN Asia-Pacific Championship, Cairns






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