For our sport, there is no bigger weekend than the IRONMAN World Championship—with both triathletes and non-triathletes tuning in. The can’t-miss event kicks off on Saturday, Oct. 14, at 6:35 a.m. for the pro men and 6:40 a.m. for the pro women. If you’re following an athlete from home, note the age-groupers start at 7:05 a.m. (age-group men) and 7:30 a.m. (age-group women).
Unfortunately, while we all can’t be on the Big Island to watch the athletes compete on the world’s biggest stage, there are a few ways to follow the action.
IRONMAN.com Coverage1 of 9
Live coverage and video feed will be streamed online for free at IRONMAN.com the morning of the race. The commentators are generally coaches and former pro athletes who provide valuable insight into what's going on in the athlete's head and what course conditions are like.
Former champions Greg Welch (AUS) and Michael Lovato (USA) will commentate on the event alongside field reporters Matt Lieto (USA) and Charlie Webster (GBR). And stay tuned to IRONMAN's Facebook page for 30-minute live feeds from various points throughout the course as well.
Athlete Tracking2 of 9
Can't sit in front of your computer or smartphone for eight hours on Saturday? Follow all the professional and age-grouper action by downloading the IRONMAN Tracker app or by using the IRONMAN Tracker tool on IRONMAN.com. The results are in real time, with live updates from every timing mat. Even better, you can sign up for notifications for your athlete or favorite pro.
NBC Coverage3 of 9
It's the award-winning recap that put IRONMAN on the map—and the reason people ask if you've raced in Kona when you say you've done an IRONMAN. The 2017 edition of the IRONMAN World Championship recap will air on NBC Saturday, Dec. 9, at 2:30 p.m. ET and will feature the top storylines of the day for both age-grouper and professional.
Live Coverage on NBC4 of 9
NBC will also feature coverage throughout the day on Saturday on a variety of channels and platforms. Live race coverage will begin at 12:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN and extend for an hour and a half. It will be followed by live reports on NBC and NBCSN between 2:00 and 8:30 p.m. ET. Finally, you can find comprehensive streaming coverage on NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app from 12:30 p.m. until the close of the race at 10 p.m. ET.
Red Bull TV5 of 9
Viewers outside of the U.S. will be able to watch the action on redbull.tv/ironman or via the app.
Who to Watch6 of 9
With both the 2016 men's and women's IRONMAN World Champions returning to defend their titles and compete for their share of the $650,000 purse, race day will be packed with nonstop action.
Professional Men7 of 9
Kailua-Kona is no stranger to big talent, but this year's men's field might be one of the most stacked in recent memory. Jan Frodeno (DEU) will be looking to defend his impressive 2016 showing and shoot for his third title in a row. 2013 World Champion Frederik Van Lierde (BEL) and 2014 World Champion Sebastian Kienle (DEU) will also be toeing the line and should make for some fast-paced racing—especially on the bike.
After the Germans dominated the podium in 2016 and showed no signs of slowing down, the Americans will be looking to reclaim the crown for the first time since Tim DeBoom in 2002. Andy Potts, Tim O'Donnell and Ben Hoffman have been consistent threats on the Big Island for several years now, but whether they can put together a winning effort will be exciting to watch.
Also, pay attention to veteran Tom Don (GBR), who recently completed the 2017 IRONMAN South American Championship in Brazil in a blistering time of 7:40:23—shattering the IRONMAN world speed record.
Professional Women8 of 9
The women's field has their work cut out for them as the reigning champion, Daniela "Angry Bird" Ryf (SUI), will be chasing her third IRONMAN World Championship. 2016 silver-medal winner and three-time IRONMAN World Champion, Mirinda Carfrae (AUS), will be absent from this year's race after giving birth in August.
Expect veterans Rachel Joyce (GBR) and Michelle Vesterby (DNK) to be in the mix, along with Susie Cheetham (GBR) and breakout athlete Sarah Crowley (AUS) who are both coming off IRONMAN wins this season.
All eyes are on Heather Jackson (USA), who finished third last year and has been the top American finisher since breaking into the Kona scene in 2015. Other notable Americans include Sarah Piampiano (USA) and a Linsey Corbin (USA).