Open Letter to Iron-Distance Championship Race Organisers

May 15, 2015

This month TriEqual launched a #FairStarts initiative, focusing on ensuring a fair and safe race for all athletes, and a clean race course for the professional women. The following open letter has been sent to the race organisers for Ironman Championship races. TriEqual welcomes an open dialogue with all relevant parties on these issues.

 If you are a professional and would like to add your name to the list, please comment below or email

Dear Iron-Distance Championship Race Organisers,

 TriEqual commends the WTC for introducing a rolling start for the age group race at the North American Ironman Championships in Texas on May 16th 2015. It is great to see measures that contribute to safety and also help to reduce drafting.

 Along with the elevated attention and prize money, championship races draw large, competitive fields.  We share your commitment to take reasonable measures to create a safe and fair race environment.

 With this in mind, we have a concern regarding the professional women’s field.  Based on research conducted by TriEqual director Thorsten Radde, we have concluded that to create a fair playing field for the professional women, a 10 minute gap following the professional men and a 25 minute gap to the age group athletes is required.  Anything short of these gaps will compromise the race for the professional women.  Professional women deserve the same fair and unobstructed course that is available to the professional men.

The undersigned recommend these changes for the upcoming Championship races in The Woodlands, Florianopolis, Roth and Frankfurt.

 For more information please refer to Thorsten’s analysis here: or email

 Yours Sincerely,

 Sara Gross

Rachel Joyce

Dede Griesbauer

Hillary Biscay

Alyssa Godesky

Jodie Swallow

Mirinda Carfrae

Mary Beth Ellis

Heather Wurtele

Trevor Wurtele

Sarah Piampiano

Laura Siddall

Corinne Abraham

Karen Thibodeau

Derek Garcia

Maureen Hufe

Caroline Livesey

Beth Shutt

Doug Maclean

Jennifer Lentzke

Kevin Collington

Ruth Brennan Morrey

Haley Chura

Rachel McBride

Holly Lawrence

Caroline Gregory

Cathleen Knutson

Suzanne Zelazno

Mail Twelsiek

Ana Lidia Borba

Linsey Corbin

Jeanne Collonge

Beth Gerdes

Luke Mckenzie

Emma-Kate Lidbury

Lucy Gossage

Lisa Roberts

Mirjam Weerd

Andrej Vistica

Linsey Corbin

Emily Cocks

Rahel Bellinga

Kelly Williamson

Anna Russell


Susan Genaro

Thank you for your work toward making the playing field fair for women!