– Behind-the-scenes series, “A Fighting Chance: Intermountain Healthcare IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship presented by Utah Sports Commission” episodes now airing on IRONMAN social channels

ST. GEORGE, Utah (September 17, 2021) — Wire-to-wire coverage of the 2021 Intermountain Healthcare IRONMAN® 70.3® World Championship presented by Utah Sports Commission will be broadcast live on Facebook Watch via the IRONMAN Now channel on Saturday, Sept. 18, 2021. Beginning with morning preparation, the dynamic coverage will take viewers from race morning preparations all the way through the entire male and female professional race. The fully produced live broadcast coverage will be hosted by past champions of IRONMAN and IRONMAN 70.3 events, including Dede Griesbauer, Matt Lieto, and Michael Lovato. The broadcast begins at 6:30 a.m. MST / 8:30 a.m. EST on www.facebook.com/IRONMANnow.

Key moments from the extensive live coverage will include:

  • 6:30 a.m. – Live pre-race show begins
  • 7:00 a.m. – Race Start – Male Professionals
  • 7:10 a.m. – Race Start – Female Professionals
  • 10:25 a.m. – Estimated time for the male winner to come down Main St. of St. George and through the finishing arch
  • 11:10 a.m. – Estimated time for the female winner to come down Main St. of St. George and through the finishing arch

*All times listed MST

Extensive on-course coverage will feature multiple camera angles 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 70.3 World Championship presented by Utah Sports Commission. The race features a stellar professional male and female field as they battle it out for a piece of the $350,000 USD total professional prize purse and the title of IRONMAN 70.3 World Champion.

Among the professional triathletes ready to toe the start line will include reigning IRONMAN 70.3 World Champion Daniela Ryf (CHE) who seeks to become first ever to win six IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship titles. Aiming to dethrone Ryf will be Lucy Charles-Barclay (GBR), Taylor Knibb (USA), Holly Lawrence (GBR), Emma Pallant-Brown (GBR), and Ellie Salthouse (AUS) and many others.

Defending IRONMAN 70.3 World Champion Gustav Iden (NOR) and Tokyo 2020 Olympic Gold Medalist Kristian Blummenfelt (NOR) headline star studded men’s field. Challenging them will be Sam Appleton (AUS), Ben Kanute (USA), Sam Long (USA) and Tim Reed (AUS) among a host of other strong professional male athletes. The most up to date start list can be found here.

The 2021 Intermountain Healthcare IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship presented by Utah Sports Commission will kick off with a 1.2-mile (1.9km) ROKA Swim Course, which takes place in Sand Hollow Reservoir located in Sand Hollow State Park in Hurricane, Utah. A challenging 56-mile (91.3km) Ventum Bike Course follows and will lead athletes through stunning desert landscapes with 3,442 feet (1,049 meters) of elevation gain and an unforgettable climb into Snow Canyon State Park and surrounding Washington County. The 13.1-mile (21.2km) HOKA ONE ONE Run Course will take athletes on two loops through the stunning Red Hills Parkway and wind through historic downtown St. George where the finish line is located.

The striking Southwestern community of St. George has been a host venue for IRONMAN races since 2010. St. George’s breathtaking scenery and views of the surrounding red rock canyons have made the community an ideal destination for athletes for years. The city’s walkable downtown area features great local fare and boutique shopping while providing an unmistakable backdrop. With breathtaking Southwest America scenery, downtown St. George also delivers athlete support and a finish line like few others are able.

“A Fighting Chance”
In addition to race-day coverage, the continuation of the behind-the-scenes series “A Fighting Chance: Intermountain Healthcare IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship presented by Utah Sports Commission” edition will continue on IRONMAN social channels. The series takes the audience through race week, profiling nearly 20 triathletes from around the world and their journeys leading up to the Intermountain Healthcare IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship presented by Utah Sports Commission.

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 70.3 World Championship presented by Utah Sports Commission event, please visit www.ironman.com/im703-world-championship

For more information on the IRONMAN and IRONMAN 70.3 brands and global event series, visit www.ironman.com.

About the IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship
In 2006 the inaugural IRONMAN® 70.3® World Championship was held in Clearwater, Florida becoming another test for the world’s elite triathletes. Since that auspicious beginning, the IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship has grown in stature and popularity moving first to Henderson, Nevada in 2011, where athletes encountered a more challenging terrain and then to Mont-Tremblant, Quebec—its first stop on the new “global rotation” for the IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship. The event reached European soil for the first time ever in 2015, with Zell am See, Austria, hosting an epic and memorable event. In 2016, the race moved from the mountains to the beaches of the Sunshine Coast in Queensland, Australia. In 2017, the race returned to the United States, taking place in Chattanooga, Tennessee where it became a two-day event for the first time. In 2018, the event reached the African continent for the first time and was hosted in Nelson Mandela Bay in South Africa. Continuing the rotation, 2019 saw the French Riviera and Nice, France play host to the ever-growing IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship event. More than 200,000 athletes register to participate annually in a series of qualifying races, consisting of over 100 events in locations such as Australia, Brazil, China, Germany, North America, South Africa, and Switzerland. Hosting more than 5,000 athletes from around the world, participants in the IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship have ranged in age from 18 to 85-plus. In 2021, the event takes place in the Red Rocks of St. George, Utah on September 18 in the United States and again on October 28-29, 2022, before shifting to Lahti, Finland on August 26-27, 2023. For more information, visit www.ironman.com/im703-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®, Ultra-Trail® World Tour events including Tarawera Ultra and Ultra-Trail Australia™, mountain bike races including the Absa Cape Epic®, road cycling events including Haute Route®, and gravel racing like Gravel Epic®, 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.
About Advance 
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.
Triathlon “ MONO ” Journalist     Nobutaka Otsuka