Documentary Special For The IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship Triathlon Earns Sports Emmy Nomination For Outstanding Short Feature

April 13, 2023

- Kyle Brown’s emotional journey to the finish line while battling ALS among five outstanding short feature nominees - Watch - Winners to be announced at a ceremony taking place at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Frederick P. Rose Hall in New York, New York on Monday, May 22, 2023 - The IRONMAN Group adds its 58th Sports Emmy nomination

TAMPA, Fla. (April 13, 2023) /ENDURANCE SPORTSWIRE/ – It has been announced that the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS) has honored IRONMAN and Outside TV with a Sports Emmy® nomination in the category of Outstanding Short Feature for the profile of Kyle Brown, a Utah athlete battling an aggressive form of ALS, highlighted in the documentary special of the 2021 Intermountain Healthcare IRONMAN® 70.3® World Championship triathlon presented by Utah Sports Commission. The special which was created by The IRONMAN Group Productions aired on Outside TV in January of 2022. The Sports Emmy Awards ceremony will take place live and in-person at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Frederick P. Rose Hall on Monday, May 22, 2023.

“We are grateful to be nominated for this prestigious award and equally as honored to have the opportunity to share Kyle’s story through this platform,” said Julia Polloreno, Vice President, Content Production & Distribution for The IRONMAN Group. “Kyle’s ongoing fight against ALS and his awe-inspiring journey to the finish line of the IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship race is a stirring testament to his resilience, courage and sheer determination.”

Northern Utah native and elite cyclist Kyle Brown was diagnosed with an aggressive form of ALS in early 2021 and given only 6-8 months to live by doctors. Instead of letting his diagnosis derail his goal of racing in the 2021 IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship triathlon, Kyle took a different stance, saying, “When faced with tragedy we can either come alive or come undone. I choose to come alive.”

Nominations were announced in 47 categories including Outstanding Live Special and Live Series, four Documentary categories, Journalism, Public Service Content and Esports Coverage, as well as Outstanding Studio Host, Event Analyst and Emerging Talent among others. The nomination adds to The IRONMAN Group’s previous 57 Emmy nominations, which include 18 Emmy award wins. This year’s nomination joins other premier event programming and features with nominees from FOX with “A Mother’s Love” from Big Noon Kickoff and “My Little Brother” from Super Bowl LVII, and ESPN with “Jump Around” from College GameDay and “Voodoo Doll-phins” from Sunday NFL Countdown.

Since 2006, the IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship triathlon has showcased not only the limitless physical capability and competitive nature of the top endurance athletes in the world, but also some of the most awe-inspiring and impactful stories of courage and resilience from the age-group athletes. The broadcast special spanned from the pre-race build-up to the final hours of the finish, unveiling the intensity, emotion, physical demands, and dramatic competition of the more than 3,500 athletes. Representing more than 85 countries, regions and territories, athletes took on a 1.2-mile swim, 56-mile bike and 13.1-mile run across the rugged St. George terrain in Greater Zion, Utah.

The 2023 Sports Emmys® will be broadcast live on May 22, 2023, at 7:00 p.m. ET on http://watch.theemmys.tv.

A full replay if the 2021 Intermountain Healthcare IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship triathlon presented by Utah Sports Commission documentary special that includes the feature on Kyle Brown can be viewed on Outside Watch.

The 2023 IRONMAN 70.3® triathlon broadcast schedule features 13 events around the world, including the two-day VinFast IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship triathlon in Lahti, Finland, available on Outside Watch.

For more information about the IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship, please visit  www.ironman.com/im703-world-championship. For more information on the IRONMAN brand and global event series, visit www.ironman.com. Media may contact press@ironman.com.


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 IRONMAN 70.3 World 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 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 saw the French Riviera and Nice, France play host to the ever-growing IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship event. After a year in which the event was not able to take place due to a global pandemic, the race returned in 2021 with over 3,500 athletes competing in St. George, Utah. The event again took place in St. George, Utah, returning to a two-day format on October 28-29, 2022, and now shifts to Lahti, Finland on August 26-27, 2023 and Taupō, New Zealand on December 14-15, 2024. Historically, more than 200,000 athletes have participated annually in a series of qualifying races, consisting of over 100 global events. 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. For more information, visit www.ironman.com/im703-world-championship.

About The IRONMAN 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® Running Series, IRONKIDS®, World Triathlon Championship Series, premier running events including the Standard Chartered Singapore Marathon™ and City2Surf®, UTMB® World Series events including the Canyons Endurance Runs™ by UTMB®, Tarawera Ultra by UTMB® and Ultra-Trail Australia™ by UTMB®, Epic Series™ mountain bike races including the Absa Cape Epic®, road cycling events including Haute Route®, 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. Catering to the full athlete experience, the company portfolio also includes FulGaz® virtual cycling, the most realistic indoor riding experience connected fitness application aimed at preparing athletes for real-world events. 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 hundreds of events across 55+ countries. The IRONMAN Group is owned by Advance, a private, family-owned business. For more information, visit www.ironman.com/about-ironman-group.

About Advance 

Advance is a private, family-held business that owns and invests in companies across media, entertainment, technology, communications, education and other promising growth sectors. Our mission is to build the value of our companies over the long-term by fostering growth and innovation. Advance’s portfolio includes Condé Nast, Advance Local, Stage Entertainment, The IRONMAN Group, American City Business Journals, Leaders Group, Turnitin, 1010data and Pop. Together these operating companies employ more than 17,000 people in 29 countries. Advance is also among the largest shareholders in Charter Communications, Warner Bros. Discovery and Reddit. For more information visit www.advance.com.

About The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences

The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) is a service organization dedicated to the advancement of the arts and sciences of television and the promotion of creative leadership for artistic, educational, and technical achievements within the television industry. It recognizes excellence in television with the coveted Emmy® Awards for News & Documentary, Sports, Daytime and Daytime Creative Arts programming, as well as achievements in television Technology & Engineering. NATAS membership consists of more than 18,000+ broadcast and media professionals represented in 19 regional chapters across the country. Beyond awards, NATAS has extensive educational programs including regional student television and its Student Award for Excellence and the National Student Production Awards for outstanding journalistic work by high school students, as well as scholarships, publications, and major activities for both industry professionals and the viewing public.