Statically, the inaugural 2013 Ironman Lake Tahoe was the second most abandoned race in Ironman history, even beating out the Championships in Kona, Hawaii. Triathlete.com posted an article on Tuesday, September 24, 2013, about the drop out statistics of starters for Ironman races since 2011 and Lake Tahoe only trails the 2012 St. George Ironman.
The bike course was already forecasted as brutal with altitude and 7500 feet of advertised climbing around Lake Tahoe and Truckee, California. Combine that with unseasonably cold temperatures below freezing at race start and the high only in the lower 60’s, and you have ripe conditions for DNF.
According to Raymond Britt at Runtri.com, the conditions contributed to slower race times. The average finish time was 14 hours and 6 minutes, with 20% of athletes not completing the race.
2013 Ironman Lake Tahoe Facts
- Registered Entrants: 2700+
- Did Not Start: 565 (21%)
- Finishers: 1,719
- DNF of Race Starters: 20+%; DNF on Bike: 267 (12%); DNF on Run: 182 (8%)
The DNF rate does not quite meet the 29% rate that Ironman St. George saw on a particularly tough day in 2012. Britt points out that, in several cases, Ironmans see high DNF rates in one year and normal rates in other years, meaning that this may be an anomaly for Ironman Lake Tahoe. As a first-year race, there is nothing to compare it to.
See the complete statistics and analysis at Runtri.com.
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