Transition area of Ironman Italy

Ironman Time Limits Per Sport And Per Race

I always thought the cut-off times were the same for all Ironman races. After looking at each race, I can say that I was wrong.

The time limits for most Ironman races are 2h20min for the swim, 10h30min until the end of the bike, and 17 hours for the entire race. If a triathlete does not finish within those cut-off times, he will receive a DNF (Did Not Finish).

It is important to know that those times can change drastically depending on the race location.

IRONMAN COUNTDOWN EXPLANATION

Each triathlete will get a chip assigned to him during the check-in. Thanks to that chip, the times are individual to each triathlete.

Once you cross the first mat at the swim entrance, your countdown starts. You will see a lot of those time mats during the entire race.

IRONMAN SWIM CUT-OFF

Almost all Ironman races have a 2h 20min swim cut-off based on the triathlete’s chip time. Exceeding this time will result in a DNF (Did Not Finish).

You would need to swim the 2.4 mi or 3.8 km at a slower pace than 3:41 min/100m to be outside the cut-off time. If that seems totally doable for you, you might be interested in this article: Average Swim Times For An Ironman

IRONMAN BIKE CUT-OFF

Most Ironman races have a 10h 30 min cut-off time for the bike. This time limit is based on the triathlete’s own chip time and consists of the swim time, transition 1, and the entire bike portion. Exceeding this time will result in a DNF (Did Not Finish).

If we consider a triathlete who just finished the swim on time and spent roughly 10 min in the first transition (an average triathlete spends 8min 30s per transition), it lets him 8 hours for covering the 112 mi or 180km of the bike section. It means that any average speed higher than 14 mph or 22.5 km/h will be enough for finishing within the time limit.

If you are interested in learning more about average bike speed for Ironman races, have a look at this article.

IRONMAN RUN CUT-OFF

Most of the Ironman races have a 17h cut-off time. This time limit is based on the triathlete’s own chip time and consists of the entire race: swim, transition 1, bike, transition 2, and run. Exceeding this time will result in a DNF (Did Not Finish).

If we consider a triathlete who barely made the bike cut-off and needed 10 min for the transition 2, it lets him 6h 20 min to cover the marathon. Completing the run within the cut-off requires a pace faster than 14:30 min/mi or 9:00 min/km.

If you are interested in learning more about the average run pace for Ironman races, have a look at this article.

IRONMAN TIME LIMITS PER RACE

You can find below the cut-off times of all Ironman races in North America, Europe, and Oceania. As you can see, it ranges from 15h 40min for IM Vitoria to 17 hours for most races.

IronmanTime LimitSwim Cut-offBike Cut-offAthlete's Guide Year
Arizona16:4002:2010:102021
California17:0002:2010:302021
CanadaTBC
Chattanooga16:3002:2010:002021
Cozumel17:0002:2010:302021
Florida17:0002:2010:302021
Indiana16:3002:2010:002021
Kona17:0002:2010:302019
Lake Placid17:0002:2010:302021
Maryland17:0002:2010:302021
Mont-TremblantTBC
St GeorgeTBC
Texas17:0002:2010:302021
Tulsa17:0002:2010:302021
Waco17:0002:2010:302021
Wisconsin17:0002:2010:302021
Austria17:0002:2010:102021
BarcelonaTBC
Copenhagen15:4502:2009:302021
Finland16:0002:2009:302021
France16:0002:1510:45On website
FrankfurtTBC
GdyniaTBC
HamburgTBC
IrelandTBC
Italy Emilia Romagna16:0002:2010:00On website
KalmarTBC
Lanzarote17:0002:2011:302021
Mallorca17:0002:2010:302021
Portugal Cascais16:0002:2010:202021
Switzerland16:4502:2010:152021
Tallinn17:0002:2010:302021
UK17:0002:2010:302021
Vichy17:0002:2011:302021
Vitoria15:4002:2009:102021
Wales17:0002:2010:302019
Australia17:0002:2010:002019
Cairns16:3002:2010:002021
New Zealand17:0002:2010:302021
Western Australia17:0002:2010:302021


If you want to learn more about the average time of all triathlon distances, have a look at this article: Triathlon Times Across Age Groups And Distances