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2018 IRONMAN WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP BROUGHT TO YOU BY AMAZON SPECIALCELEBRATE 40 YEARS OF DREAMS BY VIEWING THE 2018 IRONMAN WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP BROUGHT TO YOU BY AMAZON SPECIAL THROUGH THE IRONMAN NOW FACEBOOK WATCH CHANNEL
- Special spotlights the historic victories and magic of Kona through the Champions and Inspirational Athletes who compete -
TAMPA, Fla. (November 23, 2018) – For the very first time, the annual IRONMAN® World Championship special will be available on the IRONMAN Now Facebook Watch channel beginning this Saturday, November 24 at 6:00 p.m. ET (11:00 p.m GMT/Midnight CET) for international audiences to view the iconic triathlon that took place on October 13, 2018 in Kailua-Kona, Hawai`i. Since 1978, the IRONMAN World Championship triathlon has showcased not only the limitless physical capability and competitive nature of the top endurance athletes in the world, but also some of the most awe-inspiring and impactful stories of courage and resilience from the age-group athletes and everyday individuals competing alongside them. To tune in, check out the IRONMAN Now Facebook page at Facebook.com/IRONMANnow/.
Producing this year’s 90-minute show is Amaury Sport Organisation (A.S.O.), a best-in-class television production company that is highly experienced in coverage of endurance sports events such as the Tour de France to audiences around the world. The broadcast includes more camera angles than ever before and aerial imagery that will put viewers into the heart of the race, showcasing the amazing beauty and grueling conditions that the island of Hawai`i is known for.
Click on the following link for a preview of this year’s broadcast: Youtube.com/watch?v=moVDY_8NWtE
The broadcast special spans from the pre-race build-up beginning with body marking to the final hours of the nighttime finish, unveiling the intensity, emotion, physical demands and dramatic competition of the 2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike and 26.2-mile run across the rugged Hawaiian terrain. With approximately 2,500 registered athletes, the 40th Anniversary year marked the largest field ever with athletes from a record breaking 82 countries, regions and territories, proving that ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE®.
Among the features of this year’s IRONMAN World Championship special: Exclusive interviews from current and former World Champions and other professional IRONMAN® athletes during a record setting day.
Defending women’s IRONMAN World Champion Daniela Ryf of Switzerland looks to make history and join an elite group by claiming a fourth consecutive victory as 2017’s second-place finisher Lucy Charles of Great Britain looks to top the podium. Germany’s Anne Haug looks to make a name for herself at this year’s event.
With a perfect display of form and strength, course record holder and last year’s champion Patrick Lange of Germany battles the likes of Belgium’s Bart Aernouts, Great Britain’s David McNamee and American Tim O’Donnell.
Mother of five, lawyer, entrepreneur and cancer survivor, Rachel Brenke takes on the ultimate test while redefining what it means to be a modern-day superwoman. Leigh Chivers, who has suffered great personal tragedy following the loss of his wife and young son, looks to honor them while competing at the IRONMAN World Championship Brothers Brent and Kyle Pease motivated by the Hoyts are the epitome of ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE. Born with cerebral palsy, Kyle turned to his brother Brent to help him complete his dream of becoming an athlete.
At the 2018 IRONMAN World Championship brought to you by Amazon, they attempt to become only the second special team in history to complete the course. A programming fixture for IRONMAN, the IRONMAN World Championship special has garnered 55 Emmy Award nominations with 17 Emmys along with many other accolades. For more information about the IRONMAN World Championship, visit www.ironman.com/worldchampionship.