IRONMAN, a Wanda Sports Holdings company has announced the results of its 2018 Athlete Choice Awards, releasing the Top 10 scoring events in a variety of categories based on athlete surveys from all of the 2018 IRONMAN® and IRONMAN® 70.3® races globally.

IRONMAN Oceania has scooped the global awards, winning both the best IRONMAN and IRONMAN 70.3 event categories.

  • Of the 41 IRONMAN series events in 2018, Cairns Airport IRONMAN Asia-Pacific Championship Cairns has won the title of the world’s best in Overall Satisfaction.
  • Of the 105 IRONMAN 70.3 series events in 2018, The Baker Heart and Diabetes Institute IRONMAN 70.3 Geelong has won the title of the world’s best in Overall Satisfaction.

IRONMAN Oceania Managing Director, Dave Beeche said he was delighted to see so many Oceania events featuring prominently in the world-wide survey of athletes.

“We are committed to providing our athletes the ultimate experience and put them at the heart of everything we do.  As a team we are always looking for continuous improvement in all areas of our operation, listening to our athletes, responding to their needs and working with our partners.”

“The survey results are outstanding and a credit to everyone involved in these events across Oceania. Congratulations, they are something to be very proud of and reflect the enormous passion and hard work. Thank you to everyone who responded to the survey. Your support is greatly appreciated and I know it will provide additional motivation for our team to continue to inspire our athletes to prove that anything is possible,” he said.

Mayor of the City of Greater Geelong, Cr Bruce Harwood said Council is incredibly proud that Geelong has been recognised by the competing athletes as the world’s best IRONMAN 70.3 event.

“This is a reflection of the outstanding work by our events team, to make the most of our beautiful natural scenery and create the best possible environment for competitors and spectators. The City of Greater Geelong aims to be a destination for world class events, and the IRONMAN 70.3 holds a valued place on our calendar. It has been embraced by our local community, and we look forward to its continued success in Geelong for years to come.”

The Cairns Airport IRONMAN Asia-Pacific Championship Cairns is supported by the Queensland Government through Tourism and Events Queensland and features on the It’s Live! In Queensland events calendar, worth $800m to the state’s economy in 2019.

Results for the 2018 Athlete Choice Awards were gathered from post event surveys sent to all athletes who competed in an IRONMAN or IRONMAN 70.3 race.

Surveys were based on a 5-point satisfaction scale and encompassed multiple categories.

After collecting feedback from more than 55,000 total survey respondents, the winners were chosen for each category of IRONMAN and IRONMAN 70.3 events, marking a major accomplishment for the events and their host communities.

Some additional Oceania category winners include:

  • Overall Venue Experience
    • Kellogg’s Nutri-Grain IRONMAN New Zealand
    • IRONMAN 70.3 Taupō
  • Overall Host City Experience
    • Tie between IRONMAN 70.3 Port Macquarie, IRONMAN 70.3 Sunshine Coast, IRONMAN 70.3 Taupō, IRONMAN 70.3 Western Australia and IRONMAN 70.3 Coeur d’Alene,


To view the full IRONMAN Athlete’s Choice Award results, please visit for IRONMAN series and for IRONMAN 70.3 series.

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