How to watch the 2019 Kona Ironman World Championships

– Through IRONMAN Now on Facebook Watch, as well as regional coverage on NBC Sports, ARD, and HR Fernsehen, more viewers expected than ever before
– Approximately 2,500 athletes from 74 countries, regions, and territories to converge 
in Kailua-Kona, Hawai`i on Saturday, October 12 for iconic event
KAILUA-KONA, Hawai`i / TAMPA, Fla. (October 11, 2019) – IRONMAN is excited to announce unprecedented global coverage of the 2019 Vega IRONMAN® World Championship through IRONMAN Now on Facebook Watch on Saturday, Oct. 12, 2019. Beginning in the early morning hours with athlete body marking, the dynamic coverage will take viewers from the male and female professional race all the way through 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

*All times listed HST

“We are excited to bring our global audience to the Island of Hawai`i to experience over 20 hours of uninterrupted coverage of the 2019 Vega IRONMAN World Championship,” said Matthieu Van Veen, Chief Revenue Officer for IRONMAN. “Building off a record-breaking 2018 that saw over 20-million views, the audience this year will go behind-the-scenes from the very beginning of the most iconic event in endurance sports, witnessing the effort and emotion that goes into competing at the IRONMAN World Championship.”

In Germany, the event will be broadcasted on National Broadcast channel, ARD starting at 6:40 p.m., 7:37 p.m.–7:45 p.m. and 11:55 p.m.–3:45 a.m. In addition, the broadcast will be live regionally on HR Fernsehen from 9:45 p.m.–3:35 a.m. and continuously on Sportschau.de between 9:45 p.m. and 3:45 a.m., all Central European Time.

The Vega IRONMAN World Championship will be broadcasted in the USA through the various platforms of NBC Sports including the live start of the race on NBCSN on Saturday, October 12 from 12:00-2:00 p.m. ET with live reports airing on NBCSN and NBC throughout race day.

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