2019 IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship to Broadcast Live Across Two Days, Produced by A.S.O. for Facebook Watch and La Chaîne L’Équipe
September 6, 2019
NICE, France / TAMPA, Fla. (5 September 2019) – IRONMAN, a Wanda Sports Group company, is excited to announce that the 2019 IRONMAN® 70.3® World Championship hosted in Nice, France on Saturday and Sunday 7 – 8 September will feature full live coverage of both the female and male professional races available globally on www.facebook.com/IRONMANNow, and to local viewers in France on La Chaîne L’Équipe.
“Featuring some of the world’s greatest professional triathletes in such a historic destination for triathlon in Europe, it is only fitting that the 2019 IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship will be available for viewers and supporters around the world to follow,” said Matthieu Van Veen, Chief Revenue Officer for IRONMAN. “Our continued partnership with premier global media companies ensures that fans and viewers are brought to the heart of the racing action and get to experience the candid moments that make the sport so special.”
With live coverage for the event weekend starting at 06:50am CET / 01:50am ET on Saturday 7 September, viewers can tune in to watch the best around the world racing in the female professional field as multiple IRONMAN and IRONMAN 70.3 World Champion Daniela Ryf (SUI) steps out to defend her title against the likes of Lucy Charles-Barclay (GBR), former IRONMAN 70.3 World Champion Holly Lawrence (GBR), Ellie Salthouse (AUS) and Emma Pallant (GBR).
On Sunday 8 September, the male professional race is set to be a nail-biter as stalwarts of triathlon battle it out for victory. Among the field are 2017 IRONMAN 70.3 World Champion Javier Gomez (ESP) looking to claim the top of the podium against the likes of Olympic Champion Alistair Brownlee (GBR), two-time and reigning IRONMAN World Champion Patrick Lange (GER), former IRONMAN and IRONMAN 70.3 World Champion Sebastian Kienle (GER), Rudy Von Berg (USA) and former IRONMAN World Champion and five-time IRONMAN France Champion Frederik van Lierde (BEL).
Coverage for the female and male professional races start at 06:50am CET / 01:50am ET on Saturday 7 September and Sunday 8 September respectively, live on www.facebook.com/IRONMANNow. Bringing viewers closer to the race, the Facebook Watch broadcast will feature wire-to-wire coverage, incorporating viewer interaction through real-time polls, fan engagement and discussions and user-generated content from spectators on course.
Viewers in France can also enjoy coverage of both the female and male professional races live on television by tuning into La Chaîne L’Équipe from 06:50am CET / 01:50am ET on both days of racing. Producing this year’s event is Amaury Sport Organisation (A.S.O.), a best-in-class television production company that is highly experienced in live coverage of endurance sports events, such as the Tour de France, to audiences around the world.
With its mix of old-world opulence, year-round sunshine and stunning seaside location, Nice is the unofficial capital of the Côte d’Azur and the fifth-largest city in France. A magnet for beachgoers and culture-seekers since the 19th century, this coastal city has fabulous markets, an enticing old town, glorious architecture and a wealth of high-end restaurants.
The field of over 5,500 registered athletes will swim 1.9km in the pristine waters of the Mediterranean Sea on the Roka swim course, take on a challenging 90km Ventum bike course that leads to the Col de Vence and run the 21.1km HOKA ONE ONE run course along Nice’s historic Promenade des Anglais waterfront, cheered on by family and fans.
For live tracking, real-time results and instant tracking notifications, fans can follow both professional and age-group athletes on the IRONMAN Tracker app, available for download from iTunes App Store and Google Play.
For more information about the 2019 IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship event, please visit www.ironman.com/triathlon/events/americas/ironman-70.3/world-championship.aspx.
For more information on the IRONMAN and IRONMAN 70.3 brands and global event series, visit www.ironman.com. Media may contact [email protected].
About the IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship
In 2006 the inaugural IRONMAN® 70.3® World Championship was held in Clearwater, Florida becoming another test for the world’s elite triathletes. Since that auspicious beginning, the IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship has grown in stature and popularity, moving first to Henderson, Nevada in 2011, where athletes encountered a more challenging terrain and then to Mont-Tremblant, Quebec—its first stop on the new “global rotation” for the championship. The event reached European soil for the first time ever in 2015, with Zell am See, Austria, hosting an epic and memorable event. In 2016, the race moved from the mountains of Austria to the beaches of the Sunshine Coast in Queensland, Australia. In 2017, the race returned to the United States, taking place in Chattanooga, Tennessee where it became a two-day event for the first time. In 2018, the event reached the African continent for the first time and was hosted in Nelson Mandela Bay in South Africa. Continuing the rotation, 2019 sees the French Riviera and Nice, France play host to the ever-growing championship event. More than 200,000 athletes participate annually in a series of qualifying races, consisting of over 100 events in locations such as Australia, Brazil, China, Germany, North America, South Africa and Switzerland. Hosting more than 5,000 athletes from around the world, participants in the IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship have ranged in age from 18 to 85-plus. In 2020, the event will move to Taupō, New Zealand where there is a long and storied IRONMAN history that spans 20 years before reaching the Red Rocks of St. George, Utah in the United States in 2021.
About The IRONMAN Group
As part of Wanda Sports Group, The IRONMAN Group operates a global portfolio of events that includes the IRONMAN® Triathlon Series, the IRONMAN® 70.3® Triathlon Series, 5150™ Triathlon Series, the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series®, IRONKIDS®, ITU World Triathlon Series, premier running events including the Standard Chartered Singapore Marathon™ and The Sun-Herald City2Surf® presented by Westpac, Ultra-Trail® World Tour events including Tarawera Ultra and Ultra-Trail Australia™, mountain bike races including the Absa Cape Epic®, road cycling events, and other multisport races. The IRONMAN Group is the largest operator of mass participation sports in the world and provides more than a million participants annually the benefits of endurance sports through the company’s vast offerings. Since the inception of the iconic IRONMAN® brand and its first event in 1978, athletes have proven that ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE® by crossing finish lines around the world. Beginning as a single race, The IRONMAN Group has grown to become a global sensation with more than 235 events across 55+ countries. For more information, visit www.ironman.com.
About Wanda Sports Group
Wanda Sports Group (Nasdaq: WSG) is a leading global sports events, media and marketing platform with a mission to unite people in sports and enable athletes and fans to live their passions and dreams. Through our businesses, including Infront and The IRONMAN Group, we have significant intellectual property rights, long-term relationships and broad execution capabilities, enabling us to deliver unrivalled sports event experiences, creating access to engaging content and building inclusive communities. We offer a comprehensive array of events, marketing and media services through three primary segments: Mass Participation, Spectator Sports and Digital, Production, Sports Solutions (DPSS). Our full-service platform creates value for our partners and clients as well as other stakeholders in the sports ecosystem, from rights owners, to brands and advertisers, and to fans and athletes. Headquartered in Beijing, China, Wanda Sports Group has more than 60 offices and 1,600 employees around the world.