What is the average time for a Ironman triathlon?

With three disciplines covered in one race, swimming, cycling and running, a triathlon is a varied and challenging sport for any athlete to get their teeth into. Not for the faint hearted, a full Ironman is a very physically intense fitness challenge that will put the most experienced triathletes through their paces. If you’ve been training and working your way up to completing your first Full Ironman, you can find a great local triathlon event on our website, plus, having a race to prepare for is also a great way to stay motivated!

Each of the 5 recognised triathlon distances will be a different average time, and as the longest race distance of them all, you can expect a Full Ironman to take several hours to complete. There are also other affecting factors such as the course terrain, age and gender, and average times can still vary within different age groups for example. 

The Full Ironman is the ultimate test of physical endurance. As one of the world’s toughest sporting events, anyone who can complete this punishing course should consider themselves triumphant!

Here are the distances you need to complete:

Swimming – 3.8km (2.4 miles)

Cycling – 180km (112 miles)

Running – 42.2km (26.2 miles)

If we use the 30-35 age bracket as an example, a good average finishing time for men is around 13 hours, and for women an hour more. If you are looking to take on the elites, the Ironman World Championship men’s record is 7 hours 52 minutes and 39 seconds, held by Patrick Lange. The women’s record for the same course is 8 hours 26 minutes and 18 seconds, held by Daniela Ryf.