Ironman combines World Championship slot allocation and rolldown process
In order to standardize the slot allocation and rolldown for the Ironman World Championship, Ironman events around the world will now combine slot allocation and rolldown into one ceremony. In the past, many events conducted the allocation and rolldown at separate times. The final number of slots allocated in each age category at an event will be determined by the number of starters in each age group, and not by the number of athletes registered. There will always be one slot allocated per age group (as long as there is at least one competitor). The higher the number of starters in an age group, the higher the percentage of slots allocated to that age group. If an automatic qualifier in an age group chooses not to take the slot, does not attend the Ironman World Championship slot allocation and rolldown ceremony, or has already qualified, the next eligible finisher in that age group may claim the slot. If there are no more eligible finishers in a particular age group or no other finishers in attendance at the slot allocation and rolldown in that age group, that unclaimed slot will be reallocated to another age group within the gender based on the athletes-to-slots ratio.