IRONMAN has expanded on the continuation of its live event coverage on the IRONMAN Now Facebook Watch page, which will feature 17 events from around the world in 2019. Available globally to fans on Facebook, the coverage debuts on Sunday, April 7 with the Standard Bank IRONMAN African Championship taking place in Nelson Mandela Bay, South Africa.
The events covered this season will come from 11 different countries and four continents. IRONMAN adds that ‘the storylines are rich with intrigue as three regional championships will be featured along with first edition events in Cork, Ireland and Vitoria, Spain, and live coverage on Facebook Watch coming to Australia for the very first time.’
Additionally, IRONMAN Florida will enjoy its return to Panama City Beach as the city continues its recovery and reopens its doors to the world following the devastation of Hurricane Michael last October. Long-standing IRONMAN triathlons in Lake Placid, New York and Tempe, Arizona, will also join the likes of IRONMAN Wales which is globally known as one of the most challenging events on the circuit.
The extensive coverage continues with the 2019 IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship taking place on September 7-8 in Nice, France where nearly 6,000 of the best triathletes in the world will converge on the French Riviera for the largest event in the series’ history.
The IRONMAN World Championship, which takes place annually in Kailua-Kona, Hawai`i, will again receive ‘robust week-long programming’, culminating in nearly a full-day of live race coverage on October 12.
Last year’s IRONMAN World Championship included more than 20 hours of comprehensive live race day coverage, including everything from the early morning body marking to the final hour finish line celebration.
IRONMAN will produce its live coverage for a connected audience, incorporating unique viewer interaction through Facebook Watch Parties, real-time polls, fan discussion, and user generated content from spectators along the course.
The fully produced live event coverage will be hosted by past champions of IRONMAN events, including Dede Griesbauer, Rachel Joyce, Matt Lieto and Michael Lovato, as well as IRONMAN World Champions and Hall of Famers Paula Newby Fraser and Greg Welch.
Live race coverage of the following events as well as a range of on-demand programming will be available globally via the IRONMAN Now Facebook Page – www.facebook.com/IRONMANnow.
The full 2019 schedule can be found below:
|Apr 7||Standard Bank IRONMAN African Championship||South Africa|
|Apr 27||Memorial Hermann IRONMAN North American Championship||USA|
|May 5||IRONMAN Australia||Australia|
|Jun 9||IRONMAN Boulder||USA|
|Jun 23||IRONMAN Ireland, Cork||Ireland|
|Jun 30||Mainova IRONMAN European Championship – Frankfurt||Germany|
|Jul 7||IRONMAN Austria – Kärnten||Austria|
|Jul 14||IRONMAN Vitoria – Gasteiz||Spain|
|Jul 28||ViewSPORT IRONMAN Lake Placid||USA|
|Aug 18||KMD IRONMAN Copenhagen||Denmark|
|Sep 7-8||IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship||France|
|Sep 15||IRONMAN Wales||UK|
|Sep 21||IRONMAN Italy Emilia-Romagna||Italy|
|Sep 29||Little Debbie IRONMAN Chattanooga||USA|
|Oct 12||IRONMAN World Championship||USA|
|Nov 2||IRONMAN Florida||USA|
|Nov 24||IRONMAN Arizona||USA|