|ST. GEORGE, Utah (May 6, 2022) — Live race coverage of the 2021 Intermountain Healthcare IRONMAN® World Championship presented by Utah Sports Commission to air on the IRONMAN Now channels as well as nearly 10 hours of in-depth coverage on Peacock, NBCUniversal’s streaming service, this Saturday, May 7, 2022.
Race day coverage will begin at 4:50 a.m. (MDT/EDT -2/GMT -6) on IRONMAN Now Facebook Watch channel. Live coverage will also commence on Peacock at 6 a.m. MDT. The coverage will take viewers from body marking all the way through the podium presentations for both the professional males and females.
With hosts Michael Lovato and Dede Griesbauer calling the action, and analysts Greg Welch and Matt Lieto reporting from the racecourse, the wire-to-wire coverage brings audiences deep inside the unfolding race narrative. The coverage also includes guest appearances and interviews with legends of the sport.
Key moments from the extensive live coverage will include*:
- 04:50 a.m. – Live pre-race show begins, including athlete body marking
- 06:15 a.m. – Race Start – Male Professionals
- 06:20 a.m. – Race Start – Female Professionals
- 1:55 p.m. – Estimated finish time for the male winner to come into downtown St. George and through the finishing arch
- Coverage of the professional male podium to follow
- 2:50 p.m. – Estimated finish time for the female winner to come into downtown St. George and through the finishing arch
- Coverage of the professional female podium to follow
- Post-Race Show
- Live finish line camera for all the IRONMAN World Championship finishers
*All times listed MDT
Extensive on-course coverage will feature multiple camera angles from both on the ground and in the air covering both the professional female and male races as they traverse through the stunning red rock canyons in St. George, Utah, for the 2021 Intermountain Healthcare IRONMAN World Championship presented by Utah Sports Commission.
The most iconic single-day endurance event in the world will bring together over 75 of the world’s top professional triathletes who will battle for a piece of the $750,000 USD total professional prize purse and the title of IRONMAN World Champion.
Among the professional triathletes getting ready to toe the start line will be defending IRONMAN World Champion Anne Haug (DEU), and Daniela Ryf (CHE), a four-time IRONMAN World Champion who will no doubt have high hopes of reclaiming her throne. Also vying for the top spot will be Heather Jackson (USA), a multi-time IRONMAN Champion and reigning top American woman at the IRONMAN World Championship following a fifth-place finish in 2019 and third place finish in 2016. Utah resident Skye Moench has extra motivation coming into the IRONMAN World Championship, while Kat Williams (GBR) has been a darkhorse favorite to take the top spot.
The men’s field also sees some of the biggest names in triathlon who will all be battling it out for the ultimate triathlon bragging rights. With IRONMAN World Champion Jan Frodeno (DEU) unable to defend his title due to an injury, one thing is for certain, a new IRONMAN World Champion will be crowned. Hopefuls include the likes of 2014 IRONMAN World Champion and 2019 third place finisher Sebastian Kienle (DEU); two-time Olympic Champion Alistair Brownlee (GBR); and 2021 IRONMAN Cozumel champion and Olympic Gold Medalist, Kristian Blummenfelt (NOR).
The 2021 Intermountain Healthcare IRONMAN World Championship presented by Utah Sports Commission will kick off with a 2.4-mile (3.86km) ROKA swim course, taking place in Sand Hollow Reservoir. Followed by a challenging 112-mile (180.2km) bike course that will lead athletes through stunning desert landscapes with 7,374 feet (2,248 meters) of elevation gain and an unforgettable climb through the Snow Canyon State Park at the 100-mile mark. The 26.2-mile (42.2km) HOKA run course will take athletes on two loops through St. George with 1,413 ft (431m) of climbing before culminating in an unforgettable finish line experience in the heart of downtown St. George. For additional course details, visit www.ironman.com/im-world-championship-2021-course.
St. George was selected as the first new host location of the event outside of Hawai`i in 40-plus years based on its strong community support, challenging course, and experience hosting IRONMAN triathlons and other major events, including the successful recently completed 2021 Intermountain Healthcare IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship presented by Utah Sports Commission. St. George will also host the 2022 IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship on October 28-29, 2022.
“A Fighting Chance”
Follow the @ironmantri social channels for a behind the scenes view of what it takes to have a chance at world-title glory. The ‘A Fighting Chance’ IRONMAN series will drop a new episode every day during race week, giving audiences a glimpse of what it takes to prepare for race day, as well as the staging behind such an iconic event.
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 about the 2021 Intermountain Healthcare IRONMAN World Championship presented by Utah Sports Commission event, please visit www.ironman.com/im-world-championship-2021. For more information on the IRONMAN and IRONMAN 70.3 brands and global event series, visit www.ironman.com. Media inquiries may be directed to email@example.com.
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About Intermountain Healthcare
Located in Utah, Idaho, and Nevada, Intermountain Healthcare is a nonprofit system of 25 hospitals, 225 clinics, the Intermountain Medical Group with some 2,700 employed physicians and advanced care practitioners, a health plans division called SelectHealth, Homecare, and other health services. Helping people live the healthiest lives possible, Intermountain is committed to improving community health and is widely recognized as a leader in transforming healthcare by using evidence-based best practices to consistently deliver high-quality outcomes and sustainable costs.
About Utah Sports Commission
The Utah Sports Commission was created to be a catalyst for Utah in its Olympic legacy efforts and to help enhance Utah’s economy, image, and quality of life through the attraction, promotion, and development of national and international sports. Since the 2002 Olympics and Paralympics, the Utah Sports Commission has attracted nearly 900 major events to the state. The Sports Commission works closely with communities, sports entities, and organizations to provide event services ranging from the bid process, on-site logistics, volunteer coordination, sponsorships and promotional opportunities, and other related services. It is a not-for-profit 501(c)3 business league and Utah Sports Commission Foundation, a not-for-profit 501c3 charitable organization, is governed by an all-volunteer Board of Trustees consisting of statewide sports, business, community, and government leaders. For more information, visit www.utahsportscommission.com and follow us on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.
About the IRONMAN World Championship
Since its inception in 1978 on the Island of O`ahu, 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 Waikīkī 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 over 94,000 athletes around the world striving for one of the coveted qualifying slots. The 2021 edition of the event will take place in St. George, Utah in May 2022, becoming the first location to host the event outside of Hawai`i since its origins in 1978. After a two-year hiatus from Kona due to COVID, the race will return to Kona and take place as a two-day event in October for the 2022 edition of the World Championship. For more information, visit www.ironman.com/im-world-championship.
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® Running Series, the Rock ‘n’ Roll Virtual Running™ Series, IRONKIDS®, World Triathlon Championship Series, premier running events including the Standard Chartered Singapore Marathon™ and The Sun-Herald City2Surf®, UTMB® World Series events including Tarawera Ultra and Ultra-Trail Australia™, Epic Series™ mountain bike races including the Absa Cape Epic®, road cycling events including Haute Route®, 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/about-ironman-group.
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.