Ironman will adopt the Ã¢â‚¬Å“age upÃ¢â‚¬Â rule starting in 2009 to establish consistency among Ironman events worldwide, according to Ironman officials.
Starting in 2009, the Ford Ironman World Championship and all qualifying events will implement both the International Triathlon Federation and USA TriathlonÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Age Group Competition rule, which states that Ã¢â‚¬Å“All age group athletes must participate and compete in the age group division corresponding to the athleteÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s age on December 31 of the year of the event.Ã¢â‚¬Â
Ã¢â‚¬Å“We are adopting the rule to provide consistency internationally,Ã¢â‚¬Â says Ben Fertic, the president of Ironman. Ã¢â‚¬Å“Our adoption of the ITUÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Ã¢â‚¬Å“Age UpÃ¢â‚¬Â rule will establish a common thread and consistency among Ironman events around the globe.Ã¢â‚¬Â
The adoption of the rule will also ensure that athletes will compete in the same age category throughout any given race year.