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Live Race Day Coverage for both Race Days of The 2022 Vinfast IRONMAN World Championship Featured on IRONMANnow.com & NBC’s Peacock

October 6, 2022

- Live race day coverage begins Thursday, October 6 for the professional women and Saturday, October 8 for the professional men - Coverage to air from 4:30 a.m. HST on IRONMAN Now and 6 a.m. HST on NBC’s Peacock - Behind-the-scenes series, “A Fighting Chance: VinFast IRONMAN World Championship” episodes now airing on IRONMAN social channels

KAILUA-KONA, Hawai`i (October 5, 2022) /ENDURANCE SPORTSWIRE/ – For the first time in the event’s 40-plus year history, the 2022 VinFast IRONMAN® World Championship race will take place as a two-day event. Live race coverage of both race days will be aired on IRONMAN Now as well as nearly 10 hours of in-depth coverage on Peacock, NBC Universal’s streaming service, this coming Thursday, October 6 and Saturday, October 8.

Watch an exclusive, enhanced version of the race broadcast featuring multiple camera feeds including the leader, the chase group, reporter cam as well as in transition 1 and 2. Plus live chat through the races and an alternate language commentary only at IRONMANNow.com. IRONMAN Now race day coverage will begin at 4:30 a.m. HST with the athlete body markings, and live coverage will also commence on Peacock at 6 a.m. HST (12:00 p.m. ET), ahead of the 06:25 a.m. professional start time.

With hosts Michael Lovato and Dede Griesbauer calling the action on both days, analysts Greg Welch and Matt Lieto reporting from the racecourse on both days, and special oncourse guest, past IRONMAN World Champion, Mirinda Carfrae, joining the Thursday broadcast, IRONMAN Now’s wire-to-wire coverage brings audiences deep inside the world’s most iconic triathlon event. The coverage will also include additional guest appearances and interviews with legends of the sport, such as three-time IRONMAN World Champion, Jan Frodeno.

Tune in live on IRONMAN Now for the final finishers each night as the Voice of IRONMAN, Mike Reilly calls his final IRONMAN World Championship event.

Key moments from the extensive live coverage will include*:

  • 04:30 a.m. – Live pre-race show begins, including athlete body marking
  • 06:25 a.m. – Race Start – Professional Athletes
  • 2:45 p.m. – Estimated finish time for the female winner on Thursday, October 6, 2022
    • Coverage of the professional female podium to follow
  • 1:45 p.m. – Estimated finish time for the male winner on Saturday, October 8, 2022
    • Coverage of the professional male podium to follow
  • Post-Race Show after the professional podium ceremony
  • Live finish line camera for all the VinFast IRONMAN World Championship age-group finishers

*All times listed HST

With two helicopters and two drones providing aerial coverage during the race, as well as Megalodon cameras at the swim start, transition areas, and finish line, this year’s VinFast IRONMAN World Championship live coverage will give viewers a front row seat to everything from the early morning body marking, the female and male professionals traversing the stunning island of Kailua-Kona to the final hour finish-line celebration. Viewers will watch triathlon’s top professional athletes battle it out for a piece of the $750,000 USD total professional prize purse and the title of IRONMAN World Champion.

Among the professional triathletes getting ready to take to the start line will be defending champion and five-time IRONMAN World Champion, Daniela Ryf (CHE), and will be challenged by Anne Haug (DEU), who was crowned champion the last time the event was hosted in Kailua-Kona, Hawai`i. Making her return to racing, Lucy Charles-Barclay (GBR), who earned her first world championship title at the 2021 Intermountain Healthcare IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship presented by Utah Sports Commission in St. George, Utah, will be one to watch as she returns to the full-distance IRONMAN stage following a pause in racing due to injury. Also vying for the title is Sarah Crowley (AUS) who is coming off her win at the 2022 National Storage IRONMAN Australia race and a third-place podium finish at the 2019 IRONMAN World Championship.

Kona will welcome back an extremely competitive men’s field with a deep roster of veterans making their way to the start line alongside rising triathlon talent. Kristian Blummenfelt (NOR), winner of the 2021 Intermountain Healthcare IRONMAN World Championship presented by Utah Sports Commission race, will be looking to defend his title while fellow Norwegian Gustav Iden (NOR) seeks to add to add the title of IRONMAN World Champion to his accolades, which already includes title of IRONMAN 70.3 World Champion. Lionel Sanders (CAN) will seek out his return to the IRONMAN World Championship podium while a number of exciting first timers in Kona including Colin Chartier (USA), Leon Chevalier (FRA), and Rudy Von Berg (USA) will be making their debut to the start line. A pair of veteran Americans will be pushing for the podium with Ben Hoffman (USA) enjoying a first-place finish at the 2022 Memorial Hermann IRONMAN Texas and Tim O’Donnell (USA), who finished second at the 2019 IRONMAN World Championship, making a strong comeback after experiencing a heart attack in 2021. Eyes will certainly be on 2014 IRONMAN World Champion Sebastian Kienle (DEU) as the 2022 VinFast IRONMAN World Championship will serve as the final World Championship race in his storied career. While Patrick Lange (DEU) looks to reclaim his World Champion title, he will face other competitive contenders such as Daniel Baekkegard (DNK), Magnus Ditlev (DNK) Joe Skipper (GBR), Braden Currie (NZL), and Cameron Wurf (AUS) in what is sure to be a thrilling men’s race.

Kailua-Kona, located on the west coast of the Island of Hawai`i, offers the perfect year-round climate and is an ideal location for this iconic, endurance sporting event. Over 5,000 athletes will tackle the ROKA 2.4-mile ocean swim in Kailua Bay, followed by the FulGaz 112-mile bicycle ride along the Queen Ka’ahumanu Highway from Kailua-Kona to the turnaround in Hawi, and cap their day with a 26.2-mile HOKA run beginning on Ali`i Drive, up Palani Road to the Queen Ka’ahumanu Highway, before making their way to the infamous Natural Energy Laboratory of Hawai`i Authority. Athletes will complete their journey to the roar of thousands of spectators as they cross the historic Ali`i Drive finish line. For additional course details, visit www.ironman.com/im-world-championship-2022-course.

“A Fighting Chance”

Follow the @ironmantri social channels for a behind the scenes view of what it takes to have a chance at world-title glory. The ‘A Fighting Chance’ IRONMAN series will drop a new episode every day during race week, giving audiences a glimpse of what it takes to prepare for race day, as well as the staging behind such an iconic event.

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 2022 VinFast IRONMAN World Championship presented event, please visit www.ironman.com/im-world-championship-2022. For more information on the IRONMAN and IRONMAN 70.3 brands and global event series, visit www.ironman.com. Media inquiries may be directed to press@ironman.com.

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About the IRONMAN World Championship

Since its inception in 1978 on the Island of O`ahu, the IRONMAN World Championship has etched its name in history through stellar performances, inspirational participants and emotional memories. In 1981, the race moved from the tranquil shores of Waikīkī to the barren lava fields of Kona on the Island of Hawai`i where it continues to take place to this day. The most iconic one-day sporting event in the world is the culmination of 40 global IRONMAN events with over 94,000 athletes around the world striving for one of the coveted qualifying slots. The 2021 edition of the event took place in St. George, Utah in May 2022, becoming the first location to host the event outside of Hawai`i since its origins in 1978. After a two-year hiatus from Hawai`i due to COVID, the race returns to Kona and takes place for the first time as a two-day event in October for the 2022 edition of the VinFast IRONMAN World Championship. The 2023 VinFast IRONMAN World Championship will see the event continue with the two-day format but with a dedicated race day for women and dedicated race day for men. With two days of racing, the event will host approximately 5,000 athletes as they embark on a 140.6-mile journey that presents the ultimate test of body, mind, and spirit to earn the title of IRONMAN World Champion. For more information, visit www.ironman.com/im-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, the IRONMAN® Virtual Racing™ (VR™) Series, 5150™ Triathlon Series, the Rock ‘n’ Roll® Running Series, the Rock ‘n’ Roll Virtual Running™ Series, IRONKIDS®, World Triathlon Championship Series, premier running events including the Standard Chartered Singapore Marathon™ and City2Surf®, UTMB® World Series events including Tarawera Ultra and Ultra-Trail Australia™, 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.