In its 32nd year, the Ford Ironman World Championship saw nearly 1,800 of the world's finest athletes brave the harsh elements of Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, in an attempt to earn the title of "Ironman." On Saturday December 18 you can watch these triathletes in their fight for the finish line in a two-hour broadcast on NBC.
The telecast will feature professional athletes, including Ironman World Champion Chris McCormack of Australia, along with physically challenged athletes, military veterans, cancer survivors and more in their journey to complete the 140.6-mile triathlon.
Reasons to Watch
"It was just the size of a bean, it was really small...and then within a matter of several hours it grew to the size of a baseball. Because of the aggressive nature of the cancer, I was done..."
-Clayton Treska - 30-year-old ex-marine who trained for Ironman while battling stage 4 testicular cancer. Treska took on the elements on the Big Island of Hawaii at this year's Ford Ironman World Championship.
"I went to the lake and parked to go for a bike ride--that was the day that I got hit. I remember people asking me who I was over and over...I didn't want to spell my name; I was in pain..."
-Kathleen Allen - Mother of four, overcame a training accident where she broke four bones in her spine, suffered a stroke, and still made it to the start line at the Ford Ironman World Championship.
"Not once did the possibility of not making the swim enter into my brain. That was the least likely scenario for me--to not make it on the swim."
-Kyle Garlett - Multiple cancer survivor and recipient of a heart transplant back for his second attempt at the Ford Ironman World Championship.
"How long is Lew gonna live? I sure as hell want to break the 120 barrier; I want to be one of those few statistics out there, so yeah 120 or 130...that's my goal. I think I'm on a good course, you never know."
-Lew Hollander - 80-year-old scientist and lecturer attempting to cross the finish line in Kona for his 21st time.
The Ford Ironman World Championship broadcast will air on Saturday December 18 from 4--6 p.m. EST on NBC (check local listings).