This all started last week, when I was looking up my IMAZ bib number. Upon pulling up the race site, I realized there was a lot of data at my finger tips.
This led me to do a quick analysis of IMAZ race entrants (not to be confused with finishers).
The results were interesting.
I found that 2,665 suckers (myself included) signed up for IMAZ.
I found that 73% of those entrants were Male.
I found that 38% of entrants were in their 40's, while less than 1% were in their teens. (Only 20 entrants younger than myself!)
I also found, somewhat to my surprise, that the majority of entrants come not from Arizona, but from California (38%).
--IMAZ Entrants by State--
That's all great, but I decided it would be more valuable to look at Ironman demographics on a larger scale.
A quick visit to http://www.ironmanusa.com/participants/index.php revealed data for ten more races.
An hour later, I emerged from my cave with lots of data, a handful of pretty graphs, and even a few conclusions.
I learned that the oldest entrant (2010/11) was 81, in Ironman Florida. In fact, Florida had two entrants over 75, while no other races had any. I suppose that comes as no surprise *cue the elderly FL residence jokes*.
If you're looking to pick up babes during your race, head to Coeur d'Alene, which boasts 28% female participants - 3 points over the 25% average. All the ladies out there should head to St. George, a real sausage fest (82% male).
I know pictures speak better than words, so here's a graph to sum up average age of IM entrants in the USA.
--IM (across USA) Entrants by Age--
The more knowledgeable ST members could probably extrapolate something about Kona slots available per age group based on these numbers.
Now here's some fuel for the 'my-state-is-better-than-yours' fire.
The most active Ironman state by volume is California, with 1,803 entrants across the US this year. In percentage of population, Idaho takes the top spot. (1 out of every 5,506 ID residents has entered)
The least active are North Dakota (11 racers), and West Virginia, where only 1 out of every 113,736 residents entered an Ironman.
I bet you didn't know that the most popular name of Ironm(e)n is Michael, or that the most popular female name is Lisa/Jennifer (tie). I could go on and on, but as it turns out, I already have! If you visit my personal blog, you will find more analysis of both Full Ironman and Half Ironman entrants. I also make the raw (analyzed) data available over there, for anybody who's into that. Don't worry, there are no ads, and I'm not trying to sell you on anything. Promise!
Thanks for reading.