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The Ford Ironman World Championship is a long distance triathlon competition that will be held on October 13, in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii. It will be the 36th such Ironman Triathlon World Championships, which has been held annually in Hawaii since 1978, with an additional race in 1982. The championship is organized by the World Triathlon Corporation (WTC). For entry into the World Championship race, amateur athletes are required to qualify through a performance at an Ironman or selected Ironman 70.3 race. Entry into the championship race can also be obtained through a random allocation lottery or through the Ironman’s charitable eBay auction. The division of athletes is divided into professional, age group, physically challenged, and hand cycle divisions.

For professional triathletes, the championship season marks the second year of a point system that will determine which professional triathletes will qualify for the championship race. To qualify, points are earned by competing in WTC sanctioned Ironman and Ironman 70.3 events throughout the qualifying year. For the championship race that period is September 1, 2011 to August 31, . The top 50 male and top 30 female pros in points at the end of each qualifying year qualify to race in Kona. An athlete's five highest scoring races are counted in the point totals. At least one Ironman race must be completed and only three Ironman 70.3 races count towards an athlete's overall point total. Prior champions receive an automatic entry for the Championship race for a period of five years after their last championship performance provided that they compete in at least one full-distance Ironman race during the qualifying year. Their entry does not count toward the number of available qualifying spots. The Ironman series consisted of 28 Ironman races plus the 2011 Ironman World Championship which was itself a qualifier for the Championship.

The name Ironman Triathlon refers to both the original Ironman triathlon and the annual Ironman World Championship. Also called Ironman Hawaii, the world championships of the event, held annually in Hawaii since 1978 (with an additional race in 1982), are now preceded by a series of qualifying events. Ironman Triathlon became known for its grueling length, harsh race conditions, and television coverage.

The Ironman World Championship has been held annually in Hawaii since 1978, with an additional race in 1982. It is owned and organised by the World Triathlon Corporation and is currently sponsored by Ford. It is the annual culmination of a series of Ironman triathlon qualification races held throughout the world. From 1978 through 1980 the race was held on the island of Oahu, the course combining that of three events already held there: the Waikiki Roughwater Swim (2.4 mi./3.86 km), the Around-Oahu Bike Race (115 mi./185.07 km, originally a two-day event), and the Honolulu Marathon. In order to link the end of the bike stage to the start of the marathon course, the bike stage was reduced by 3 miles. In 1981 the race was moved to the less urbanized Big Island, keeping the distances the same: a 2.4 miles (3.86 km) open water swim in Kailua-Kona Bay, a 112 miles (180.25 km) bike ride across the Hawaiian lava desert to Hāwī and back, and a marathon (26 miles 385 yards, 42.195 km) run along the coast of the Big Island from Keauhou to Keahole Point and back to Kailua-Kona, finishing on Alioi Drive.

Since 1982 the race has been held in the fall each year, before which it was held in the spring, giving two races in 1982. The most recent Ironman World Championship took place on October 9, 2010. Qualifying for the World Championship is achieved through placement in one of the other Ironman races or some Ironman 70.3 races. The current Ironman Hawaii course record was set in 1996 by Luc Van Lierde (Belgium), whose winning time was 8 hrs 4 mins 8 sec. The women's course record is 8 hrs 54 mins 2 sec, set in 2009 by Chrissie Wellington (Great Britain).

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