Peacock to Stream 15+ Hours of Live Exclusive Coverage of the Men’s and Women’s World Championship Races From Kailua-Kona, Hawaii
Women’s Race Coverage Begins Tomorrow at Noon E.T. on Peacock; Men’s Race Saturday at Noon E.T. on Peacock
2.4-Mile Swim, 112-Mile Bike Ride, 26.2-Mile Marathon
STAMFORD, Conn. – Oct. 5, 2022 – Peacock will have exclusive live coverage of the men’s and women’s IRONMAN World Championships this week, when the famed race makes its return to Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, after being postponed in 2020 and 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Coverage of the women’s race is scheduled to start at Noon E.T. on Thursday while the men’s race will go off at Noon E.T. on Saturday, with both competitions being streamed live on Peacock.
The IRONMAN World Championship includes a 2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike ride, and a marathon (26.2 miles). In total, the race contains 140.6 miles and typically takes the top triathletes in the world around eight hours to complete.
This is the first time both races will be held in Hawaii in three years. Held annually in Kailua-Kona since 1981, the 2020 edition was canceled while the 2021 race was relocated to St. Georges, Utah, due to the pandemic.
Notable athletes expected to compete include reigning world champion and Tokyo Olympic triathlon champion Kristian Blummenfelt (Norway), who is making his Kona debut; at 28 years old, he could become the youngest male champion since 2005. Two-time reigning Half IRONMAN world champion Gustav Iden (Norway) and 2017 and 2018 IRONMAN world champion Patrick Lange (Germany) are also expected to vie for the win.
On the women’s side, five-time IRONMAN world champion and two-time triathlon Olympian Daniela Ryf (Switzerland) looks to win her sixth world championship, which would move her to second place on the all-time world championships list. The field is also expected to include 2019 world champion Anne Haug (Germany) and three-time runner-up Lucy Charles-Barclay (Great Britain).
Former Indianapolis Colts All-Pro tight end and Super Bowl champion Dallas Clark and 2013 Indianapolis 500 champion Tony Kanaan are also expected to compete on Saturday.
How to Watch – Thursday, October 6 & Saturday, October 8 (all times ET):
- Streaming: Peacock (LIVE)
|Thurs., Oct. 6||12-9:30 p.m.||Women’s Championship||Peacock|
|Sat., Oct. 8||12-9 p.m.||Men’s Championship||Peacock|
Documentary Highlighting Historic Victories and Inspirational Athletes from the 2021 Intermountain Healthcare IRONMAN World Championship in St. George, Utah
Tokyo Olympic Champion Kristian Blummenfelt and reigning IRONMAN 70.3 World Champion Gustav Iden Featured in Documentary
STAMFORD, Conn. – July 22, 2022 – A documentary special highlighting the 2021 Intermountain Healthcare IRONMAN® World Championship presented by Utah Sports Commission will premiere tomorrow, Saturday, July 23 at 3 p.m. ET on NBC and Peacock.
The IRONMAN World Championship special will chronicle triathlon’s pinnacle event, which for the first time in its history took place outside Hawai`i, on May 7, 2022, in St. George, Utah, after being delayed from 2021 due to COVID-19.
The documentary special will showcase what has become the most iconic single-day endurance event in the world along with the stories of both professional and inspiring age-group athletes competing in the most prestigious triathlon.
The documentary features notable athletes such as Tokyo Olympic gold medalist Kristian Blummenfelt (Norway), reigning IRONMAN® 70.3® World Champion Gustav Iden (Norway), rising American star Skye Moench, and seasoned veteran Heather Jackson.
How To Watch – Saturday, July 23 (all times ET)
- TV: NBC
- Streaming: Peacock, NBCSports.com, NBC Sports app
|Sat., July 23||3-4 p.m.|
The 60-minute episode takes viewers inside Chris Nikic’s journey from one push up to the 2020 Visit Panama City Beach IRONMAN Florida triathlon where he set a Guinness World Record
Chris Nikic episode of new series invites viewers to reimagine what people can achieve when abandoning preconceived notions of what is possible
Anything is Possible – The Series to also be available globally on IRONMAN Now Facebook Watch page
TAMPA, Fla. (December 23, 2020) – The IRONMAN Group is proud to announce the premiere episode of Anything Is Possible® – The Series, which will air on NBC, January 3, 2021 at 2:00 p.m. EST / 11:00 a.m. PST with the story of Chris Nikic. The 60-minute series debut features the journey of Chris Nikic, the first person with Down syndrome to complete a full-distance IRONMAN® triathlon, the toughest single-day endurance event in the world, consisting of a 2.4-mile (3.8km) swim, 112-mile (180km) bike, and 26.2-mile (42.2km) run. After the story debuts on NBC, it will also be available globally through the IRONMAN Now Facebook Watch page.
Chris Nikic, a 21-year-old recent high school graduate, keynote public speaker, and Special Olympics Champion Ambassador from Maitland, Florida, was determined to become an IRONMAN® triathlon finisher and overcome challenges of trisomy 21 to prove that Anything is Possible®. With the support of his family and friends, and the coaching and guidance of Dan Grieb, Chris used the goal of getting “1% Better” every day to go from one push up to an IRONMAN finish line, making history and showing what is possible for people all over the world.
“This new series is about telling the journeys of those who find the ways to accomplish goals beyond what others might believe are achievable as they prove anything truly is possible,” said Andrew Messick, President and CEO of The IRONMAN Group. “It is an honor to kick off this new series with the remarkable story of Chris Nikic, who showed the world that pre-conceived barriers or limitations can indeed be shattered, bringing a new reality of what is possible not only for individuals with disabilities, but for all who face challenges of any kind.”
The Chris Nikic episode introduces viewers to the Nikic family and Chris’s pathway through the daily realities of Down syndrome, a genetic disorder resulting in developmental delays and physical disabilities. Viewers will be immersed into Chris’s IRONMAN journey, which began with months of grueling training and preparation for the ultimate goal. The build up to the start line and continuing through a historic race day will keep everyone on the edge while Chris fulfuills his ultimate dream of inclusion and breaking barriers, as he carrys the hopes of the audience with him. With the 17-hour finish cutoff looming, Chris and his guide, Dan Grieb, face an all-day race against the clock.
The audience will get a front-row seat to hear some of the inspirational insights and personal triumphs from family and friends, including Nik Nikic, mentor, motivator, and father of Chris. Concurrently, viewers will watch Chris dig deeper than ever before in an attempt to overcome the unexpected adversities that were thrown his way during race day, and step into unchartered territory in the pursuit of his dream.
“To Chris, this race was more than just a finish line and celebration of victory. IRONMAN has served as his platform to become one step closer to his goal of living a life of inclusion, normalcy, and leadership. It’s about being an example to other kids and families that face similar barriers, proving no dream or goal is too high,” said Chris’s father, Nik Nikic, when describing the significance of Chris’s IRONMAN bid.
After seeing his son undergo four surgeries and becoming increasingly sedentary at the age of 18, Nik encouraged Chris through a principle he created initially for his workplace—to be 1% Better every day. For Chris, this path started with one push-up and grew to the IRONMAN triathlon, with no plans of stopping there. As Nik said, “If Chris can do an IRONMAN, he can do anything.”
Since the inception of the iconic IRONMAN brand and its first event in 1978, a full-distance IRONMAN triathlon has come to represent the ultimate test of body, mind, and spirit for both professional and amateur athletes. While abilities of all kinds have been welcomed and celebrated at races throughout the years, Chris is the first person with Down syndrome to even attempt the race. The episode will show how his finish is nothing short of groundbreaking and a reminder of the power and resiliency of the human spirit.
Anything is Possible – The Series, is produced by The IRONMAN Group production team, which also spearheads the annual IRONMAN World Championship® broadcast that airs on NBC annually. The Chris Nikic episode will be narrated by the familiar voice of Jim Cutler.
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 Marathon Series®, the Rock ‘n’ Roll Virtual Running Series, IRONKIDS®, ITU World Triathlon Series, premier running events including the Standard Chartered Singapore Marathon and The Sun-Herald City2Surf®, 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 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.
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, Discovery and Reddit. For more information visit www.advance.com.
ABOUT NBC SPORTS GROUP
NBC Sports Group serves sports fans 24/7 with premier live events, insightful studio shows, and compelling original programming. The sports media company consists of NBC Sports, NBC Olympics, NBCSN, Golf Channel, Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA, NBC Sports Regional Networks, NBC Sports Audio Network and NBC Sports Digital, which includes NBCSports.com, NBCOlympics.com, GolfChannel.com, the digital assets of the NBC Sports Regional Networks, Rotoworld, the NBC Sports Talk franchise, multiple apps, and two transactional sports businesses, GolfNow and SportsEngine, and two direct-to-consumer products – NBC Sports Gold and GolfPass. NBC Sports Group possesses an unparalleled collection of media rights agreements, partnering with some of the most prestigious sports properties in the world: the International Olympic Committee and United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee, the NFL, NHL, NASCAR, INDYCAR, PGA TOUR, The R&A, PGA of America, USGA, Churchill Downs, Premier League, Tour de France, French Open, and many more.
Live Race Coverage Begins Saturday, Oct. 12, at Noon ET on NBCSN; Updates Throughout the Day on NBC & NBCSN
NBC Presents Vega IRONMAN World Championship Special Sun., December 1 at 3:30 p.m. ET
INEOS 1:59 Challenge Airs Live Saturday Morning on Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA; Official Time to be Confirmed Tomorrow
STAMFORD, Conn. – October 10, 2019 – Triathlon’s most iconic one-day endurance event in the world returns to NBC Sports for the 28th year on Sat., Oct. 12, when NBCSN presents live coverage of the 2019 Vega IRONMAN® World Championship from Kailua-Kona, Hawai’i. Live race coverage begins Saturday at Noon ET on NBCSN, nbcsports.com and the NBC Sports app.
The IRONMAN World Championship is the ultimate test of body, mind and spirit, with approximately 95,000 athletes competing to qualify at more than 40 global IRONMAN events each year. Since its inception in 1978 in Oahu, Hawaii, the IRONMAN World Championship triathlon has showcased the top endurance athletes in the world and has shared some of the most impactful stories of courage from the age-group athletes and everyday individuals competing alongside them.
NBCSN’s two-hour broadcast provides viewers with an all-access experience, as dozens of cameras capture the action from the air, across the barren lava fields, and under the water of Kailua Bay during the 140.6-mile challenge. Approximately 2,500 athletes will swim 2.4 miles, bike 112 miles and run 26.2 miles across rugged Hawaiian terrain.
Todd Harris (play-by-play) will offer viewers a front-row seat to the event, alongside former Olympic triathlete Greg Bennett (analyst), and Olympic silver medalist, 2006 IRONMAN champion and newly inducted IRONMAN Hall of Famer Michellie Jones (analyst). In addition, 1994 IRONMAN World Champion Greg Welch and 3-time IRONMAN Champion Michael Lovato will host from Hawai’i, joined by 3-time IRONMAN Champion Dede Griesbauer, 10-time IRONMAN finisher Matt Lieto, and 8-time IRONMAN World Champion Paula Newby-Fraser.
Live reports on NBC and NBCSN will air throughout the day on Saturday, and NBCSN’s live coverage will begin at Noon ET. Following the conclusion of the race, NBCSN will air recap coverage from Kailua-Kona on Sunday, Oct. 13 at 2 p.m. ET.
In addition, the Vega IRONMAN World Championship, a programming fixture on NBC since 1991, airs on NBC December 1 at 3:30 p.m. ET. The special has garnered more than 50 Emmy Award nominations and won 17 Emmys along with numerous other accolades.
Live streaming coverage will be available at nbcsports.com, the NBC Sports app, IRONMAN NowTM on Facebook Watch. Visit www.ironman.com for more information about the IRONMAN World Championship and NBC Sports’ coverage of the event.
LIVE Coverage of INEOS 1:59 Challenge
On Saturday morning, NBC Sports presents coverage of the INEOS 1:59 Challenge in Vienna, Austria, where marathon world record holder and reigning Olympic gold medalist Eliud Kipchoge will attempt to break the two-hour barrier in the marathon. Kipchoge, who set the world record at 2018 Berlin Marathon (2:01:39), will run back and forth on a 4.3km (2.7 miles) course that is 90 percent straight and almost completely flat. This will be his second attempt at breaking two hours. Americans Matthew Centrowitz, Paul Chelimo, Lopez Lomong, Shadrack Kipchirchir and Bernard Lagat, along with dozens of the world’s best distance runners, will serve as pacemakers.
Live coverage of the INEOS 1:59 Challenge begins Saturday, October 12, on Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA, with the early morning broadcast time yet to be confirmed as event organizers target optimal weather conditions. NBC Sports will confirm the official challenge time tomorrow, Friday, October 11. NBCSN also presents coverage of the event next Monday, October 14 at 2:30 p.m. ET.
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, visitwww.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.
Annual Special Features Stories of World Champions and Inspirational Athletes Competing In Kailua-Kona, Hawaii
IRONMAN World Championship Kona Preview Show to air Friday, December 9 at 9 p.m. ET on NBCSN
NBC Sports Group and Ironman Celebrate 25th Anniversary of World Championship Special on NBC
STAMFORD, Conn. – December 8, 2016 – NBC Sports will celebrate the 25th anniversary of broadcasting the IRONMAN World Championship, this Saturday, December 10 at 2:30 p.m. ET, when it chronicles this year’s edition of the iconic triathlon held in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii.
For more than 35 years, the IRONMAN World Championship triathlon has showcased not only the raw power 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 determination from the age-group athletes and everyday individuals competing alongside them.
The 90-minute broadcast will provide viewers an all-access experience as more than 30 cameras captured the action from the air, across the barren lava fields, and under the water of Kailua Bay during the 140.6-mile challenge that took place on October 8, 2016.
The broadcast special spans from the pre-race build-up to the big day, unveiling the intensity, emotion, physical demands and dramatic competition as more than 2,300 athletes representing 64 countries and territories swim 2.4 miles, bike 112 miles and run 26.2 miles across rugged Hawaiian terrain.
Among the features of this year’s IRONMAN World Championship special:
- Exclusive interviews from current and former World Champions and other professional IRONMAN athletes.
- 2015 Female IRONMAN World Champion Daniela Ryf of Switzerland looks to claim victory for the second year in a row with a performance that will be hard to match.
- Blistering race pace by Olympic Gold medalist and male IRONMAN World Champion Jan Frodeno of Germany, who has reached the top heights in every level of triathlon.
- First-time journey of the inspiring Team Agar duo of father Jeff and his son Johnny, who battles cerebral palsy.
- The determined journey of Australian Turia Pitt, who against the odds returned to competing in endurance events after suffering burns to 65% of her body.
Veteran sportscaster Al Trautwig will again narrate the annual special and offer viewers a front-row seat to one of the most captivating events in sports. A programming fixture on NBC since 1991, the IRONMAN World Championship special has garnered more than 50 Emmy Award nominations and won 16 Emmys along with many other accolades.
In addition to NBC’s coverage of the race, NBCSN will air the IRONMAN World Championship Kona preview show this Friday, December 9 at 9 p.m. ET. The IRONMAN World Championship preview show will introduce viewers to the world of IRONMAN and the World Championship race that has made the sport so popular.
For more information about the IRONMAN World Championship and the NBC Sports Group’s coverage of the event, please visit www.ironman.com.
A Wanda Sports Holdings company, IRONMAN operates a global portfolio of events that includes the IRONMAN Triathlon Series, the IRONMAN 70.3 Triathlon Series, 5150™ Triathlon Series, Iron Girl, IRONKIDS, six of nine International Triathlon Union World Triathlon Series races, road cycling events including the UCI Velothon Majors Series, mountain bike races, premier marathons and other multisport races. IRONMAN’s events, together with all other Wanda Sports Holdings events, provide more than 680,000 participants annually the benefits of endurance sports through the company’s vast offerings. The iconic IRONMAN Series of events is the largest participation sports platform in the world. Since the inception of the IRONMAN brand in 1978, athletes have proven that ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE by crossing finish lines at the world’s most challenging endurance races. Beginning as a single race, IRONMAN has grown to become a global sensation with more than 260 events across 42 countries. For more information, visit www.ironman.com.
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