IRONMAN Virtual Racing launches the Championship Series

The IRONMAN VR Championship Series will enable athletes to qualify for the 70.3 World Championships through Virtual Racing. It starts this coming weekend...

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(** The ‘2020’ Championship is scheduled for Q1 2021)

With additional rules in place, restrictions on permitted equipment and platforms to be used, IRONMAN have today confirmed the details of the IRONMAN VR Championship Series, the latest development of the IRONMAN Virtual Club and Virtual Racing initiatives.

Here are the full details, dates, rules and process for you to digest. Don’t take to long though, the four week series starts this coming weekend (5-7 June).



IRONMAN today announced the formation of the IRONMAN® Virtual Racing™ (VR™) Championship Series, a four-week long regulated age-group competition designed to reward top-performing athletes. In a structured and competitive virtual environment, an athlete’s overall standing will be based upon their top three performances in aggregate over a four-week period. Athletes will be competing for an opportunity to race in the 2020 edition of the IRONMAN® 70.3® World Championship with a total of 75 qualifying slots allocated across age groups for top performers.

The all-new IRONMAN VR Championship Series builds off the recently established Challenger Division and the competition will begin on Friday, June 5 with IRONMAN VR10. The competition format for the IRONMAN VR Championship Series will be made up of three 5150™ branded Olympic distance (IM VR10, IM VR11, IM VR13) and one IRONMAN® 70.3® brand half-distance (IM VR12) race simulation from IRONMAN VR10 through IRONMAN VR13. A video tutorial can be found here:

“The first weeks of the IRONMAN Virtual Racing Series and IRONMAN Virtual Club platform have been a success in bringing our community together while guiding us to this new competitive series,” said Andrew Messick, President & CEO for The IRONMAN Group. “Giving athletes who have a competitive itch the chance to see how they stack up against others has always been a goal for us in IRONMAN VR. We believe that we have a competitive format that is robust enough to assess relative performance accurately while maintaining the integrity that IRONMAN and the sport of triathlon has come to represent.”

For the IRONMAN VR Championship Series, athletes must complete the run segments outdoors, while the bike segment must be completed on the prescribed weekly course utilising the Official Virtual Training partner ROUVY’s augmented reality in Race Mode (not Training Mode). Additionally, while the competition weekend consists of a 54-hour period, athletes must complete all three segments of the contest within 12 hours of starting their race, performing the disciplines in the proper order (short run, bike, long run).

In order to be eligible to compete in the IRONMAN VR Championship Series, athletes must be registered on the IRONMAN Virtual Club platform and have completed at least one physical IRONMAN 70.3 or IRONMAN triathlon, or one 5150 or IRONMAN 70.3 race simulation through IRONMAN VR. Those who currently do not meet eligibility standards are able to register on the IRONMAN VC platform and compete in the Classic division of IRONMAN VR10. The IRONMAN VR Classic Division will remain unchanged and open to the entire global athlete community who wish to focus on one’s own personal performance goals on preferred equipment.

The IRONMAN VR Championship Series will feature a points-based system ranking athletes within their age group and gender. Points will be awarded to the top 50 male and 50 female athletes in each age group for each IRONMAN VR Championship Series race. For example, during 5150 race simulations, 50 points will be awarded to the top female and male athlete in each age group down to one point for the 50th placed athlete in each female and male age group category. The IRONMAN 70.3 race simulation for IRONMAN VR12 will be weighted with top performing athletes in each category receiving 100 points. A leader board found on the IRONMAN Virtual Club platform will be updated on a weekly basis to reflect points awarded from the eligible IRONMAN VR Championship Series designated races. At the end of the four-week period, IRONMAN will allocate 75 slots to the 2020 edition of the IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship to the top point performers in each age group for both male and female athletes. A full set of rules and regulations for the IRONMAN VR Championship Series can be found here.

Athletes that participate in the IRONMAN VR Championship Series will have the opportunity to line up with the IRONMAN VR Pro Challenge races on Facebook Watch and gain exclusive access to special medal bundles for IRONMAN VR Championship Series events in addition to earning special digital badges.

Bringing the IRONMAN community together virtually, the IRONMAN® Virtual Club™ continues to grow and has now reached over 100,000 members across 170 nations and all U.S. States on the platform with tens of thousands completing IRONMAN Virtual Club Challenges since its recent launch. In addition, through the new Race Honorably campaign, IRONMAN’s goal is to provide an exceptional virtual racing experience with credible results that requires athletes to do their part by entering accurate data. Additional details can be found on the IRONMAN VC platform at

Full details and specifics regarding the IRONMAN Virtual Racing Championship Series as well as IRONMAN Virtual Club are available on

For questions about the IRONMAN Virtual Racing Series, athletes can email

For more information on the IRONMAN brand and global event series, visit

John Levison
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John Levison
TRI247's Chief Correspondent, John has been involved in triathlon for well over 30 years, 15 of those writing on these pages, whilst he can also be found commentating for events across the UK.
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