Pau Hana: 2019 Vega IRONMAN World Championship Daily Recap for Friday, October 11, 2019

October 11, 2019

KAILUA-KONA, Hawai`i (Friday, October 11) – Race week for the 2019 Vega IRONMAN World Championship continued today in Kailua-Kona, Hawai`i and with it, the final preparations and pre-race activities as the countdown is just about over to the world’s most iconic single-day endurance event taking place on Saturday, Oct. 12. Here is the week’s final Pau Hana, a Hawaiian phrase meaning “end of the workday,” recapping highlights from the last 24 hours.

The E Komo Mai (Welcome) Banquet

The Hawaiian phrase E Komo Mai literally translates to “come inside,” but colloquially speaking it is typically meant to say “welcome” – generally said to visitors or guests that are new to an area. Last night, the E Komo Mai Banquet welcomed the entire IRONMAN `Ohana as it brought together athletes from around the world, as well as their families and supporters, in celebration of the approximately 2,500 athletes that are set to compete in the most iconic one-day endurance event. The IRONMAN `Ohana were treated to videos, welcome speeches and cultural performances.

Bike Check-In

Preparations for race-day reached their peak beginning late Friday morning as the bike, helmet, and gear check-in was conducted at the Bike Compound Area of Kailua Pier. Athletes were treated to gorgeous views of Kailua Bay as they lined up and down Ali`i Drive before making their way to Kailua Pier where they racked their bikes and race day materials. Athletes were able to discuss projected split times, tips for dealing with fatigue, and overall expectations with their competitors while they waited to put the finishing touches on their preparation for Saturday morning.

Looking Ahead to Race Day

Live Coverage –

The 2019 Vega IRONMAN World Championship will be aired live globally through IRONMAN Now on Facebook Watch. Beginning in the early morning hours with athlete body marking, the dynamic coverage will take viewers through the male and female professional race all the way to the event’s final finisher just after midnight. Coverage will span over 20 hours captured by nearly two dozen cameras. Triathlon’s most iconic one-day endurance event also returns to NBC Sports for the audience located in the United States and will be broadcast live throughout Germany on local and regional stations, ARD and HR Fernsehen.

Key Moments from the 20 hours of live coverage will include

  • 4:25 a.m. – Live broadcast will begin as athlete’s go through body marking. Eight-time IRONMAN World Champion Paula Newby-Fraser will be joined by IRONMAN World Champion Greg Welch, three-time IRONMAN Champion Michael Lovato and IRONMAN Commentator Paul Kaye.
  • 6:25 a.m. – Race Start – Male Professionals / Elite Athletes.
  • 6:35 a.m. – Race Start – Female Professionals / Elite Athletes.
  • 2:30 p.m. – Estimated time for the male winner to cross the finish arch on the famous Ali`i Drive.
  • 3:30 p.m. – Estimated time for the female winner to cross the finish arch on famous Ali`i Drive.
  • 11:30 p.m. – Finish Line Party An inspiring celebration of the Vega IRONMAN World Championship. The 2019 crowned champions will return to the celebratory finish line as supporters to cheer on the final finishers

Photography –

Imagery will be made available throughout race day from Getty Images for IRONMAN at go.ironman.com/2019IMWC. Images are for editorial use only. Commercial use is strictly prohibited.

Tracking App –

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 on the IRONMAN brand and global event series, please visit www.ironman.com. Media related inquires may be directed to [email protected].

The Vega IRONMAN World Championship Media Center reopens Saturday, Oct. 12 at 5:30 a.m. in King Kamehameha Kona Beach Hotel Ballroom 1, 2, and 3. The media center will be open until 1:30 a.m. on Sunday, Oct.13.


About the Vega IRONMAN World Championship

Since its inception in 1978 on the island of Oahu, 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 Waikiki to the barren lava fields of Kona on the Island of Hawai`i where it continues to take place to this day. The race now sees over 2,500 athletes 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. The most iconic one-day sporting event in the world is the culmination of 40 global IRONMAN events with athletes around the world striving for one of the coveted qualifying slots. In 2019, the event will be utilizing the theme `Ohana which in Hawaiian culture represents a specially bonded extended family to celebrate the greater IRONMAN community of athletes, volunteers, supporters and partners. For more information, visit www.ironman.com/worldchampionship.

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.