The greatest sporting weekend of the year has arrived! The Ironman World Championship takes place tomorrow, Saturday, October 14. Thousands of the best triathletes from around the globe have ventured to Kailua-Kona, Hawai’i to battle each other, the grueling hot, humid, and windy island conditions, and themselves through the 2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike, and marathon (26.22 mile) run.
Hoping to build off of the success of FuelBelt athlete and triathlon legend Crowie Alexander, three-time Ironman World Champion and course record holder, FuelBelt athlete Josh Amberger, will make his debut performance on the Big Island. While Josh has never raced through the lava fields of the Big Island, he toes the line with the 2017 Ironman Asia-Pacific Championship win (and course record) under his belt. After dominating Ironman Maastricht this year, Kona veteran, XTERRA World Champion (2011) and Fuelbelt athlete Michael Weiss will also present a force to be reckoned with.
Cheer them and the other 2,400 + dedicated, determined athletes on, no matter where you are. Here’s how to watch the race in the U.S.:
Pro men will kick off into the Pacific at 6:35am local time, followed by the pro women five minutes later. Age group males and females go off at 7:05am and 7:20am, respectively. Athletes must complete the course by midnight.
NBC Sports Group and Ironman have joined forces to provide live race coverage on NBC, NBCSN, NBCSports.com, and the NBC Sports app. TV coverage will include live look-ins throughout the day on NBC and NBCSN. Over nine hours of live streaming race coverage will be available on NBCSports.com, the NBC Sports app, Ironman.com, and www.redbull.tv/ironman.
TV coverage will include:
Live race start coverage on NBCSN from 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. ET
Live reports on NBC and NBCSN from 2 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. ET
Live race finish on NBCSN from 8:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. ET
If you want to watch the entire race, turn to NBCSports.com, the NBC Sports app, Ironman.com, or redbull.tv/ironman from 9:30 am PT/12:30 pm ET to 7 pm PT/10 pm ET.
Follow specific athletes, as well as race leaderboards, with the enhanced Athlete Tracker tool on Ironman.com.
See race updates and insights by searching for #IMKona on Twitter and Instagram. In addition, follow these accounts on Twitter: