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Ben Hoffman

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468
World Rank
68
National
505
Swim
490
Bike
417
Run
United States
Weight
73kg
Height
1.78m
Age
40
Born
1983
Swim
Zoot
Bike
Cervelo
Run
Nike
Biography More

Ben Hoffman

With just “a little background in running and cycle touring”, who could have known that joining a club team while at the University of Montana would have lead the USA’s Ben Hoffman into the world of professional triathlon.

What a career it has been, culminating in him now sitting in the top 10 of the PTO World Rankings as one of the best long-course triathletes in the world.

Quickly rising to the top of sport at collegiate level, where he represented his country at the World University Championships back in 2016, ‘The Hoff’ quickly identified that longer-distance racing was his route to success.

Not pursuing the typical draft-legal, short-course route and the Olympic dream of many younger athletes, his first race as a professional was the legendary Wildflower Triathlon in 2007. With a third place on debut over the middle distance, his path was set.

Putting his degree - Spanish language - to good use, Hoffman got by financially in those formative years by balancing triathlon with part-time work doing Spanish translations at the local health department. As his results progressed, that early commitment was rewarded and he was able to commit full-time to his sporting goals.

The ‘rest is history’- though Hoffman hasn’t finished writing his legacy just yet.

Kona breakthrough and a South African triple

Also known as the ‘Hoffmeister General’, Ben has been consistently successful for more than a decade now, with multiple wins and podium finishes over both middle and iron-distance.

His first IRONMAN title came at the 2010 Lake Placid event, the home of the 1980 Winter Olympics. "It still hasn't sunk in yet, but I'm happy to at least say that I am an Ironman champion” he said at the time. It would be the first of many.

Twin successes would follow in 2012, topping the podium at both St. George and Wisconsin, while another North American venue was added to list of victories in 2013 - Coeur d’Alene.

Proving that his winning ability wasn’t limited to the North American continent, he would start what has since been a very close and successful relationship with IRONMAN South Africa in Port Elizabeth.

Hoffman took the title against high-class fields in 2016, 2017 and 2019, and it is no surprise to hear that the area is a very popular one for the Hoffman family.

He described that third victory as “redemption” after an injury, sustained only weeks before the 2018 renewal while taking part in the Absa Cape Epic mountain bike event, left him walking the run course.

“I can tell you, in addition to taking the entire year off due to injury, I wanted to come back here and show all of Port Elizabeth that I really love this race and I take it super seriously and I believe I am the man to win this race,” he said.

Crossing the line almost six minutes clear of Germany’s Nils Frommhold, he certainly proved that. Yet again.

Ben may not have won a full-distance race in 2014, but his performance at the IRONMAN World Championship that year was truly a breakout statement at global level.

With the world’s best arriving on the Big Island in their best shape, Ben cracked the Kona podium, separating the German pairing of Sebastian Kienle (winner) and the debutant Jan Frodeno. Truly esteemed company to be mixing with.

With three further Kona top-10 finishes since then, including fourth in 2019, it is no surprise to hear that Hawaii is one of his favourite events - and it wouldn’t be a shock if he were to return to that Kona podium again.

Family man

In the PTO flagship Collins Cup event, Hoffman will surely be a key asset to Team U.S.A. He will likely need to be on top form too if the powerful European line-up lives up to expectations.

Ben confirmed his status as one of the best U.S. iron-distance athletes of all time in November 2019. Just three weeks after Kona, Hoffman and Great Britain’s Joe Skipper pushed each other to the limit at IRONMAN Florida. It was a sensational spectacle, falling so soon after their Hawaii exploits.

The Panama City Beach has proven it can be a fast one on the right day, and while Skipper held on to take the win by just two minutes, Ben’s 7:48:29 that day is the fastest American iron-distance time in history. He closed out his race with a truly remarkable 2:36:09 marathon.

2019 was a memorable year for many reasons, as Ben and wife Kelsey welcomed baby Josephine into the world in September. A family man at heart, Ben admits “my wife and daughter”, of course, are what he cannot live without.

Triathlon a is true team effort for the Hoffmans too, as Kelsey is also manager, web designer, social-media guru, chef and more to ensure Ben’s best possible swim, bike and run performances.

Ben takes his new responsibilities seriously too, revealing: “As a new father, I sometimes fear not being the best possible person for Josie, or being able to provide all the opportunities to her”.

Given his hopes for his legacy, indications are that Josie is in good hands, as Ben says it would ideally be: “Showing others to follow their heart, do what they love, and lift others up. Teaching my child/children to be good people and enjoy the gift of life. Pushing your limits to explore your possibility”.

There are louder, more outspoken and attention-grabbing athletes in the triathlon world - but when it comes to a ‘show us your results’ collection, there is a very good reason that you don’t have to scroll down the PTO Rankings to find the name of Ben Hoffman.

All indications are that he has no plans to move either.

Current PTO World Ranking Points
468
Ironman Lake Placid 2023
Bonus +5%
82.58
Sum / 3
27.53
Ranking History
#1#128#255#382#5092008200920102011201220132014201520162017201820192020202120222023*20242008Overall18.28 pts#95Swim15.72 pts#297Bike30.90 pts#114Run29.38 pts#1472009Overall20.82 pts#98Swim44.31 pts#129Bike59.70 pts#30Run29.38 pts#1442010Overall40.45 pts#54Swim64.73 pts#63Bike60.03 pts#36Run43.38 pts#1032011Overall54.25 pts#37Swim63.84 pts#75Bike69.64 pts#21Run46.71 pts#1052012Overall66.31 pts#21Swim66.34 pts#87Bike73.54 pts#16Run64.65 pts#622013Overall73.26 pts#14Swim74.21 pts#74Bike76.07 pts#10Run68.35 pts#472014Overall81.69 pts#13Swim83.06 pts#59Bike78.50 pts#22Run76.51 pts#282015Overall81.99 pts#26Swim85.02 pts#70Bike81.02 pts#42Run76.51 pts#492016Overall87.40 pts#16Swim84.28 pts#91Bike85.39 pts#38Run86.58 pts#282017Overall95.15 pts#12Swim87.06 pts#66Bike92.06 pts#18Run91.51 pts#142018Overall91.73 pts#19Swim82.13 pts#114Bike89.87 pts#30Run87.92 pts#292019Overall99.86 pts#6Swim92.03 pts#39Bike86.93 pts#43Run100.50 pts#62020Overall99.86 pts#6Swim92.03 pts#32Bike86.93 pts#37Run100.50 pts#32021Overall73.26 pts#68Swim77.74 pts#120Bike75.37 pts#85Run77.96 pts#732022Overall91.28 pts#32Swim85.98 pts#110Bike84.24 pts#56Run92.27 pts#372023Overall48.52 pts#258Swim40.50 pts#269Bike45.90 pts#282Run48.88 pts#2182024Overall27.53 pts#468Swim21.93 pts#505Bike24.88 pts#490Run27.89 pts#417

* New PTO World Ranking System implemented.

Results

71 Races9
1
10
2
9
3

2023

Points: NaN
Date#TierRaceSwimBikeRunOverallSOFPts
23 Jul
2
SilverIronman Lake Placid51:534:24:512:44:338:06:05
78.65
79.13
78.65
Swim51:53
Bike4:24:51
Run2:44:33
06 May
26
DiamondPTO European Open25:462:00:341:05:143:33:34
62.98
90.76
62.98
Swim25:46
Bike2:00:34
Run1:05:14

2022

Points: NaN
Date#TierRaceSwimBikeRunOverallSOFPts
08 Oct
25
DiamondIronman Hawaii49:524:27:492:59:078:21:54
66.49
91.45
66.49
Swim49:52
Bike4:27:49
Run2:59:07
11 Sep
DNF
SilverIronman Wisconsin--:----:----:----:--
69.66
-
Swim--:--
Bike--:--
Run--:--
06 Aug
3
SilverIronman 70.3 Boulder26:352:02:471:18:533:51:00
71
70.6
71.00
Swim26:35
Bike2:02:47
Run1:18:53
07 May
10
DiamondIronman St. George World Championships51:474:24:252:47:098:06:37
79.99
80.09
79.99
Swim51:47
Bike4:24:25
Run2:47:09
23 Apr
1
SilverIronman Texas52:334:19:452:40:197:57:58
78.45
69.85
78.45
Swim52:33
Bike4:19:45
Run2:40:19
02 Apr
13
SilverIronman 70.3 Oceanside23:472:12:321:15:033:56:12
51.31
79.85
51.31
Swim23:47
Bike2:12:32
Run1:15:03

2021

Points: NaN
Date#RaceSwimBikeRunOverallAITPts
30 Oct
7
Ironman 70.3 Oceanside24:232:09:011:14:153:52:57
71.0859
03:43:16
71.09
Swim24:23
Bike2:09:01
Run1:14:15
02 Oct
8
Ironman 70.3 Memphis25:272:05:171:21:153:56:29
48.7452
03:39:36
48.75
Swim25:27
Bike2:05:17
Run1:21:15
26 Sep
3
Ironman Chattanooga42:134:24:552:46:097:57:50
83.6085
07:46:22
83.61
Swim42:13
Bike4:24:55
Run2:46:09
01 May
21
Ironman 70.3 St. George24:452:11:161:16:443:57:31
59.0347
03:43:46
59.03
Swim24:45
Bike2:11:16
Run1:16:44
12 Mar
17
Challenge Miami21:311:26:2657:522:48:06
65.0807
02:39:44
65.08
Swim21:31
Bike1:26:26
Run57:52

2020

Points: NaN
Date#RaceSwimBikeRunOverallAITPts
06 Dec
38
Challenge Daytona24:531:51:341:05:303:24:36
29.834
03:05:07
29.83
Swim24:53
Bike1:51:34
Run1:05:30

2019

Points: NaN
Date#RaceSwimBikeRunOverallAITPts
02 Nov
2
Ironman Florida49:084:17:152:36:097:48:29
95.415
07:45:17
95.42
Swim49:08
Bike4:17:15
Run2:36:09
12 Oct
4
Ironman Hawaii51:014:24:012:43:088:02:52
100.184
08:03:00
100.18
Swim51:01
Bike4:24:01
Run2:43:08
03 Aug
6
Ironman 70.3 Boulder25:372:04:351:20:253:53:47
67.1354
03:42:48
67.14
Swim25:37
Bike2:04:35
Run1:20:25
09 Jun
5
Ironman 70.3 Eagleman--:--2:02:521:17:503:22:39
33.4901
03:04:16
33.49
Swim--:--
Bike2:02:52
Run1:17:50
04 May
6
Ironman 70.3 St. George25:192:07:061:16:313:52:36
73.6829
03:43:46
73.68
Swim25:19
Bike2:07:06
Run1:16:31
28 Apr
3
Challenge Cancun21:272:04:251:19:523:49:22
78.033
03:42:03
78.03
Swim21:27
Bike2:04:25
Run1:19:52
07 Apr
1
Ironman South Africa26:034:24:242:39:177:34:19
103.987
07:37:03
103.99
Swim26:03
Bike4:24:24
Run2:39:17
17 Mar
3
Ironman 70.3 Campeche26:552:04:271:18:293:52:48
77.5525
03:45:13
77.55
Swim26:55
Bike2:04:27
Run1:18:29

2018

Points: NaN
Date#RaceSwimBikeRunOverallAITPts
09 Sep
2
Ironman 70.3 Santa Cruz23:452:04:431:16:013:49:04
73.5754
03:40:20
73.58
Swim23:45
Bike2:04:43
Run1:16:01
04 Aug
2
Ironman 70.3 Boulder25:222:00:421:16:443:47:07
82.8378
03:41:25
82.84
Swim25:22
Bike2:00:42
Run1:16:44
15 Apr
21
Ironman South Africa49:174:30:576:42:0012:06:48
0
08:01:47
-
Swim49:17
Bike4:30:57
Run6:42:00

2017

Points: NaN
Date#RaceSwimBikeRunOverallAITPts
14 Oct
9
Ironman Hawaii48:524:22:003:04:168:19:26
89.6755
08:11:49
89.68
Swim48:52
Bike4:22:00
Run3:04:16
10 Sep
2
Ironman 70.3 Santa Cruz10:232:06:301:12:563:33:58
87.1378
03:29:55
87.14
Swim10:23
Bike2:06:30
Run1:12:56
05 Aug
3
Ironman 70.3 Boulder25:481:57:231:18:393:44:17
81.0994
03:38:06
81.10
Swim25:48
Bike1:57:23
Run1:18:39
06 May
12
Ironman 70.3 St. George25:162:09:241:21:383:59:14
61.7434
03:46:15
61.74
Swim25:16
Bike2:09:24
Run1:21:38
02 Apr
1
Ironman South Africa49:144:22:332:42:527:58:40
98.3711
07:57:30
98.37
Swim49:14
Bike4:22:33
Run2:42:52
12 Mar
6
Ironman 70.3 Buenos Aires25:292:05:051:16:193:49:58
64.1566
03:38:14
64.16
Swim25:29
Bike2:05:05
Run1:16:19

2016

Points: NaN
Date#RaceSwimBikeRunOverallAITPts
08 Oct
4
Ironman Hawaii48:554:28:062:51:458:13:00
97.398
08:11:05
97.40
Swim48:55
Bike4:28:06
Run2:51:45
11 Sep
3
Ironman 70.3 Santa Cruz25:062:10:061:13:353:53:18
72.0113
03:43:54
72.01
Swim25:06
Bike2:10:06
Run1:13:35
10 Jul
6
Ironman 70.3 Vineman24:342:08:311:17:203:53:18
69.6766
03:43:09
69.68
Swim24:34
Bike2:08:31
Run1:17:20
26 Jun
4
Ironman 70.3 Coeur d'Alene26:112:14:211:16:554:01:24
55.5686
03:46:19
55.57
Swim26:11
Bike2:14:21
Run1:16:55
07 May
12
Ironman 70.3 St. George25:322:12:471:19:374:01:05
63.0819
03:48:26
63.08
Swim25:32
Bike2:12:47
Run1:19:37
10 Apr
1
Ironman South Africa52:584:29:362:45:508:12:37
85.0801
08:01:50
85.08
Swim52:58
Bike4:29:36
Run2:45:50
20 Mar
5
Ironman 70.3 Monterrey24:082:03:261:16:093:46:23
72.7714
03:37:30
72.77
Swim24:08
Bike2:03:26
Run1:16:09
06 Mar
2
Ironman 70.3 Buenos Aires23:402:29:041:15:253:45:39
77.7116
03:38:21
77.71
Swim23:40
Bike2:29:04
Run1:15:25

2015

Points: NaN
Date#RaceSwimBikeRunOverallAITPts
05 Dec
12
Ironman 70.3 Bahrain--:--2:02:561:18:013:22:56
0
-
-
Swim--:--
Bike2:02:56
Run1:18:01
10 Oct
27
Ironman Hawaii52:294:28:513:39:339:05:22
33.2526
08:15:44
33.25
Swim52:29
Bike4:28:51
Run3:39:33
26 Jul
1
Ironman 70.3 Calgary26:052:05:011:16:213:50:43
69.4268
03:40:36
69.43
Swim26:05
Bike2:05:01
Run1:16:21
13 Jun
5
Ironman 70.3 Boulder24:422:05:161:21:153:53:23
64.2338
03:41:30
64.23
Swim24:42
Bike2:05:16
Run1:21:15
16 May
8
Ironman Texas49:294:20:383:18:308:33:55
47.6255
07:56:29
47.63
Swim49:29
Bike4:20:38
Run3:18:30
02 May
5
Ironman 70.3 St. George26:552:10:451:15:333:56:21
69.726
03:46:05
69.73
Swim26:55
Bike2:10:45
Run1:15:33
19 Apr
5
Ironman 70.3 New Orleans20:202:03:331:16:393:43:41
79.7313
03:37:05
79.73
Swim20:20
Bike2:03:33
Run1:16:39

2014

Points: NaN
Date#RaceSwimBikeRunOverallAITPts
01 Nov
10
Ironman Florida--:--4:37:023:17:257:57:13
0
-
-
Swim--:--
Bike4:37:02
Run3:17:25
11 Oct
2
Ironman Hawaii51:204:32:202:51:258:19:23
90.1788
08:12:08
90.18
Swim51:20
Bike4:32:20
Run2:51:25
07 Sep
16
Ironman 70.3 World Championship23:122:10:191:15:083:52:28
68.9876
03:42:08
68.99
Swim23:12
Bike2:10:19
Run1:15:08
29 Jun
3
Ironman Coeur d'Alene53:054:48:582:43:598:29:12
58.7316
07:59:31
58.73
Swim53:05
Bike4:48:58
Run2:43:59
15 Jun
6
Ironman 70.3 Boulder24:252:06:261:15:043:47:57
64.3637
03:36:23
64.36
Swim24:25
Bike2:06:26
Run1:15:04
03 May
7
Ironman 70.3 St. George23:362:08:391:13:283:48:39
81.6244
03:42:31
81.62
Swim23:36
Bike2:08:39
Run1:13:28
13 Apr
2
Ironman 70.3 New Orleans24:512:07:181:16:483:51:46
60.8142
03:38:54
60.81
Swim24:51
Bike2:07:18
Run1:16:48
29 Mar
DNF
Ironman 70.3 Oceanside--:----:----:----:--
03:45:58
-
Swim--:--
Bike--:--
Run--:--
16 Mar
3
Ironman 70.3 Monterrey23:332:10:561:15:123:52:22
53.6121
03:37:15
53.61
Swim23:33
Bike2:10:56
Run1:15:12

2013

Points: NaN
Date#RaceSwimBikeRunOverallAITPts
27 Oct
3
Ironman 70.3 Austin25:172:11:261:15:003:54:56
62.0604
03:42:17
62.06
Swim25:17
Bike2:11:26
Run1:15:00
12 Oct
15
Ironman Hawaii51:124:40:293:00:288:36:25
61.6129
08:08:18
61.61
Swim51:12
Bike4:40:29
Run3:00:28
23 Jun
1
Ironman Coeur d'Alene50:244:30:472:52:548:17:31
78.8239
08:02:12
78.82
Swim50:24
Bike4:30:47
Run2:52:54

2012

Points: NaN
Date#RaceSwimBikeRunOverallAITPts
09 Sep
1
Ironman Wisconsin52:134:37:582:56:338:32:51
73.6261
08:13:20
73.63
Swim52:13
Bike4:37:58
Run2:56:33
29 Apr
1
Ironman St. George52:445:10:013:01:249:07:04
67.3165
08:41:30
67.32
Swim52:44
Bike5:10:01
Run3:01:24

2011

Points: NaN
Date#RaceSwimBikeRunOverallAITPts
15 Oct
DNF
Ironman Hawaii--:----:----:----:--
08:10:17
-
Swim--:--
Bike--:--
Run--:--
24 Jul
2
Ironman Lake Placid53:094:34:333:01:398:33:29
57.7293
08:02:52
57.73
Swim53:09
Bike4:34:33
Run3:01:39
07 May
4
Ironman St. George52:304:41:483:04:248:41:39
57.9753
08:10:43
57.98
Swim52:30
Bike4:41:48
Run3:04:24

2010

Points: NaN
Date#RaceSwimBikeRunOverallAITPts
09 Oct
42
Ironman Hawaii52:184:46:353:20:079:03:29
27.9622
08:10:29
27.96
Swim52:18
Bike4:46:35
Run3:20:07
25 Jul
1
Ironman Lake Placid55:064:38:033:01:248:39:34
46.3469
08:00:52
46.35
Swim55:06
Bike4:38:03
Run3:01:24
01 May
2
Ironman St. George51:134:53:373:04:538:52:54
47.0421
08:13:41
47.04
Swim51:13
Bike4:53:37
Run3:04:53

2009

Points: NaN
Date#RaceSwimBikeRunOverallAITPts
21 Oct
22
ITU Long Distance48:231:58:071:22:084:11:50
0
-
-
Swim48:23
Bike1:58:07
Run1:22:08
10 Oct
55
Ironman Hawaii54:294:43:313:47:139:29:54
7.60966
08:20:32
7.61
Swim54:29
Bike4:43:31
Run3:47:13

2008

Points: NaN
Date#RaceSwimBikeRunOverallAITPts
23 Nov
6
Ironman Arizona52:534:30:312:56:128:24:13
54.8481
07:52:14
54.85
Swim52:53
Bike4:30:31
Run2:56:12

2007

Points: NaN
Date#RaceSwimBikeRunOverallAITPts
10 Nov
26
Ironman 70.3 World Championship26:582:06:171:22:414:00:27
0
-
-
Swim26:58
Bike2:06:17
Run1:22:41
15 Jul
38
ITU Long Distance43:001:54:501:19:184:00:15
0
-
-
Swim43:00
Bike1:54:50
Run1:19:18

Ranking per Season

Overall

Year
Points
Pos
2024
27
468
2023
48
258
2022
91
32
2021
73
68
2020
99
6
2019
99
6
2018
91
19
2017
95
12
2016
87
16
2015
81
26
2014
81
13
2013
73
14
2012
66
21
2011
54
37
2010
40
54
2009
20
98
2008
18
95

Swim

Year
Points
Pos
2024
21
505
2023
40
269
2022
85
110
2021
77
120
2020
92
32
2019
92
39
2018
82
114
2017
87
66
2016
84
91
2015
85
70
2014
83
59
2013
74
74
2012
66
87
2011
63
75
2010
64
63
2009
44
129
2008
15
297

Bike

Year
Points
Pos
2024
24
490
2023
45
282
2022
84
56
2021
75
85
2020
86
37
2019
86
43
2018
89
30
2017
92
18
2016
85
38
2015
81
42
2014
78
22
2013
76
10
2012
73
16
2011
69
21
2010
60
36
2009
59
30
2008
30
114

Run

Year
Points
Pos
2024
27
417
2023
48
218
2022
92
37
2021
77
73
2020
100
3
2019
100
6
2018
87
29
2017
91
14
2016
86
28
2015
76
49
2014
76
28
2013
68
47
2012
64
62
2011
46
105
2010
43
103
2009
29
144
2008
29
147
TEST