Broadcasts — 2010 Ironman World Championships Television Coverage

running-advice-bugThe 2010 Ironman World Championships are coming up this Saturday, October 9th 2010. The world’s best Iron-distance triathletes will compete for world titles in Kona, Hawaii on the most famous of triathlon race venues. As has been the case for many years, the event will be not be telecast live, but rather shown in at a special time on the NBC network in December. However, the event will covered be live webcasts on the Internet from the universalsports.com and ironnmanlive.com web-sites.

Here are the details for viewing the race:

Global Internet Coverage
The race will be broadcast live on the Internet on October 9th, 2009 starting at 11:00AM Eastern Time on universalsports.com. There will also be extensive web content, including live blogs, video and audio all day at the Ironmanlive.com web-site. The race webcasts will be available worldwide.

Nationwide Television Coverage — NBC
The 2009 Ford Ironman World Championship will air on NBC on Dec. 18, 2010 from 4:00 – 6:00 PM. Please check your local listings for specific times and channels.

Most NBC affiliates will air this broadcast, but some markets may not choose to air it. So please check your TV guide to make sure that your market is broadcasting the coverage from Kona.

Check back here for coverage of the race at Running Advice and News!

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Triathlon — Alexander, Wellington win Ironman Triathlon World Championships

running-advice-bugKAILUA-KONA, Hawaii — Craig Alexander of Australia won the 2009 Ironman World Championship on Saturday, overtaking American Chris Lieto with five miles to go in the marathon to win his second straight championship in Kona. Alexander won the 2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike, 26.2 mile run event in 8:20:21.

Chrissie Wellington won her third straight women’s title, cruising away to a new course record of 8:54:02 — nearly 20 minutes ahead of Australia’s Mirinda Carfrae. Wellington broke Paula Newby-Fraser’s mark of 8:55:28 set way back in 1992. “I never thought I’d come here and break Paula’s record,” Wellington said after the race. “She’s an absolute legend. I feel kind of guilty doing it. I had to dig so hard to do it.”

Alexander, became the first man to defend the overall title since Tim DeBoom did it back in 2002. “There were a lot of bad patches out there today. Last year to win was exciting, but this year was more rewarding. This year I had to work at it. I had to fight for every second,” said Alexander after the race.

Alexander came from behind to overtake Chris Lieto with about 5 miles left in the marathon. Leito had trained hard with top American runners Ryan Hall, Josh Cox and others to prepare for this year’s race, but his legs cramped and he was unable to keep pace with Alexander. At the end of the day, Alexander posted a marathon time of 2:48:05, whereas Lieto turned in a 3:02:35 on the run course.
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Triathlon: Alexander, Wellington win Ironman World Championships

Craig Alexander

Craig Alexander

KAILUA-KONA — Craig Alexander and Chrissie Wellington have won the Ford Ironman World Championships for 2008. Alexander improved on his second-place performance in 2007 to win the race in 8:17:45. Wellington repeats as champion in a blazing 9:06:23, crushing the women’s field and beating her next closest finisher by 15 minutes.

Television coverage of this race airs December 13th, 2008 on NBC. For more information, click here.
Both Alexander and Wellington were amazing on their feet. Alexander ran 2:45:01 in the marathon, having run sub-2:30 in races coming into the race. Wellington ran 2:57:44, her marathon time besting some of the top-10 men’s finishers. At one point in the race, Wellington was passing the men’s professional field and Alexander was reportedly worried that she might be gaining on him. Wellington ended up finishing 41st overall as she won the women’s field.

The weather in Kona was hot today, baking the competitors as they made their ways through the lava fields of the big Island of Hawaii.

Alexander, second last year in his first Hawaii Ironman, was 11th at the end of the 112-mile bicycle ride. But he moved up after run leaders Torbjorn Sindballe of Denmark and Normann Stadler of Germany faded. At the 18-mile mark, Alexander took the lead from Eneko Llanos of Spain, who finished second in 8:20:50.

“I can’t believe it. It was a hard race,” Alexander said.
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Broadcasts: Ironman World Championships 2008 Live Internet & Television coverage

Craig Alexander at Ironman Kona 2008

Craig Alexander at Ironman Kona 2008

The Ironman World Championships will be held this weekend in Kona, Hawaii on Saturday October 11th, 2008, starting at 6:45AM Hawaii local time. Although the race is not broadcast live on television, streaming coverage will be available all day long over the Internet.

Read more about Ironman Triathlon and the television broadcast in another article I wrote on the topic by clicking here.

Television Coverage Schedule
Television coverage of the 2008 Ironman World Championships will be broadcast on December 13th, 2008 from 2:30-4:0PM EST on NBC (National Broadcasting Company) in the United States.

The television coverage is also typically offered for sale on DVD from the producers of the Ironman race at www.ironmandvd.com. You can also order DVDs from past races at the site.

Internet Coverage
Ironmanlive.com will broadcast more than 17 hours of live coverage from the event on October 11th. In past years, the coverage has featured live video, audio and interviews. And once the winners start crossing the finish-line, the coverage will include every finisher crossing the line live. To watch the free coverage of the event, go to www.ironmanlive.com.

We’ll have complete post-race coverage of the event here on Running Advice and News.

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Triathlon: lottery opens for 2009 Ironman World Championships in Kona

Ironman World Championship

Ironman World Championship

World Triathlon Corporation, owner and organizer of the Ironman Brand, announced today that the 2009 Ironman Lottery Program will officially open on Wednesday, October 1 at 12:00 p.m. EST. Athletes interested in earning a slot through the Ironman Lottery must apply by Saturday, February 28, with all winning entries being announced on Wednesday, April 15.

A vision of Ironman Founder, John Collins, the Ironman Lottery began in 1983 as a way to provide athletes of all abilities the opportunity to qualify for the world’s most challenging endurance event. Today, the Ironman Lottery awards 150 domestic, 50 international and 5 physically challenged slots that are chosen randomly from more than 7,000 lottery entries.

Athletes who are part of Ironman’s Passport Club receive member benefits such as an increased chance to win a lottery slot. The club, beginning domestically in 1990, is now open to athletes from around the globe.

Participants gain entry into the Ford Ironman World Championship one of three ways: by qualifying for a slot at one of more than twenty events held worldwide, by winning a slot through Ironman’s charitable eBay Auction or by being selected in the Ironman Lottery. Recognized as one of the most in-demand athletic events in the world, nearly 60,000 athletes vie for one of 1,800 coveted slots to the Ford Ironman World Championship, taking place in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, each year.
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TV: Re-broadcast of Ironman World Championships on NBC

Did you miss the coverage of the 2007 Ironman World Championships last Novemember? If so, set your DVRs for this Saturday afternoon as NBC re-broadcasts the 2007 event.

What: 2007 Ironman World Championships from Kailua-Kona, Hawaii
When: Saturday, February 16th, 2:00p.m. – 3:30p.m. EST
Where: NBC

For my re-cap of the race, please click here. I’ll add that this year’s race was beautifully shot in vibrant High-Defintion, so if you have an HD TV you’re in for a treat. If you’ve been there before, it will bring back haunting images of those scorching hot miles of pavement through the lava fields.

Chrissie Wellington
Chrissie Wellington wins in Kona

This is what NBC has to say about the highlights of the broadcast:
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Races: Don’t Miss the Ironman World Championships on NBC!

The Ironman World Championships were held in Kona, Hawaii on October 13th, 2007. This weekend we get to see the action unfold in the special broadcast of the event on NBC. So set your DVRs and don’t miss it!

Television Coverage Schedule
Television coverage of the 2007 Ironman World Championships will be broadcast on December 1st, 2007 from 4:30-6:30PM EST on NBC (National Broadcasting Company) in the United States.

DVD also availalble
If you miss it, or want to have your own copy, the television coverage is also offered for sale on DVD from the producers of the Ironman race at www.ironmandvd.com. You can also order DVDs from past races at the site. Currently you can preorder copies of the 2007 race, as they are scheduled to be released soon.

Internet Coverage
Ironmanlive.com broadcasted more than 17 hours of live coverage from the event on October 13th. There is plenty of good coverage on the Ironmanlive site to check out if you want to see and hear more from the event. The NBC special is not available for streaming from Ironmanlive.com. To see more, go to www.ironmanlive.com.

This year’s race was a good one, with some strange illnesses and health problems getting in the way for several of the major competitors. Read my post-race wrap-up be clicking here.

Coach Joe English, Portland Oregon USA

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Weekly Round-up: Ironman, Half-Marathon World Record

It’s been another exciting week for endurance sports. This week we saw both the Ironman World Championships as well as a new world record at the Half-Marathon distance. In other news, Khalid Khannouci, one of America’s top hopes for an Olympic medal in the marathon next year was dissapointed by his performance in a tune-up Half-marathon at the Rock N Roll San Jose event.

Ironman World Championships – After many attempts, super-star Chris McCormack has finally won the Ironman World Championship in Kona. McCormack took the lead in the middle miles of the marathon and then cruised away from the field, scorching the run with a 2:42:02 marathon. Newcomer Chrissie Wellington won the women’s race. Wellington took the lead late in the bike and then powered through the run course. She ran the marathon in 2:59:58 to just slide in under the three hour mark.

It was a somewhat strange day in Kona as many of the top favorites, including Normann Stadler, Natascha Badmann, Michellie Jones and Faris Al Sultan all dropped due to illness or injury (or did not start in the case of Al Sultan) . Although the windless, clear conditions, could have set up a victory for a cycling specialist, in the end, it was the power of two of the strongest runners in the field that took the day.

Kiplagat Breaks Half-Marathon World Record – Lornah Kiplagat of the Netherlands broke the world women’s half-marathon record on Sunday when she clocked 1:06:25 seconds in a largely solo run at the world road running championships. The defending champion shattered the previous mark of 1:06:44 set by South African Elana Meyer in 1999. The Kenyan-born Dutchwoman also broke her own world record for 20 kms. Her time of 1:02:57 was 24 seconds faster than her mark set at last year’s inaugural championships in Debrecen, Hungary.

Paula Radcliffe technically has run the world’s fastest half-marathon with a time of 1:05:40 at the Great North Run, however, because of the downhill terrain it is not considered an official world record by sporting officials.

Khalid Khannouchi disappointed by his time at Rock N Roll San Jose – Former marathon world record holder Khalid Khannouchi didn’t have the time that he was looking for at the Rock N Roll San Jose Half-marathon this weekend. Khannouci was using the race as a tune-up ahead of the US Men’s Olympic Marathon trials coming up on November 3rd in New York City. After mile three, the men’s lead pack began to thin out, gradually dropping Khannouchi. The 35 year-old Chicago Marathon champion was clearly frustrated with his 1:05:04 finish time.

Upcoming:There’s so much more coming in the next couple of weeks. The Nike Women’s Marathon is this weekend in San Francisco. Then on the weekend of November 3rd and 4th we have the biggest weekend of all: the US Marathon Olympic Trials and the ING New York City Marathon. Be sure to stay tuned for complete coverage!

Coach Joe English, Portland Oregon USA

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Races: Ironman World Championships- McCormack and Wellington win

Chrissie Wellington
Chrissie Wellington, women’s world champion

After many attempts, super-star Chris McCormack has finally won the Ironman World Championship in Kona. McCormack took the lead in the middle miles of the marathon and then cruised away from the field, scorching the run with a 2:42:02 marathon.

Newcomer Chrissie Wellington has won the women’s race. Wellington took the lead late in the bike and then powered through the run course. She ran the marathon in 2:59:58 to just slide in under the three hour mark.

It was a somewhat strange day in Kona as many of the top favorites, including Normann Stadler, Natascha Badmann, Michellie Jones and Faris Al Sultan all dropped due to illness or injury (or did not start in the case of Al Sultan) . Although the windless, clear conditions, could have set up a victory for a cycling specialist, in the end, it was the power of two of the strongest runners in the field that took the day.

2006’s Top American Desiree Ficker had a great race going through the first two sections of the race, but faded in the run to finish in 10:40:43.

While I’m compiling my complete race report, links to my live updates are below. Read through them in sequence and you’ll get the story of the day as it unfolded.

Here are the final splits in the men’s and women’s races:

The numbers below are overall rank, total finish time, time behind the leader, bib number, swim, T1, bike, T2, run.

1 8:15:34 2 McCormack, Chris San Diego CA USA 51:48 2:23 4:37:32 1:52 2:42:02
2 8:19:04 3:30 17 Alexander, Craig Sydney AUS 51:40 1:58 4:38:11 2:04 2:45:13
3 8:21:30 5:56 37 Sindballe, Torbjorn Horsholm DNK 53:25 1:50 4:25:26 3:26 2:57:25
4 8:22:33 6:59 12 DeBoom, Timothy Boulder CO USA 51:39 1:53 4:38:20 2:15 2:48:29
5 8:23:31 7:58 6 Vanhoenacker, Marino Brugge BEL 53:21 1:59 4:33:06 2:08 2:53:00
6 8:25:49 10:15 9 Lieto, Chris Danville CA USA 51:37 2:11 4:28:18 3:29 3:00:16
7 8:26:00 10:26 5 Llanos, Eneko Vitoria-Ga ESP 51:47 2:01 4:38:12 2:18 2:51:43

1 9:08:45 107 Wellington, Chrissie Feltwell GBR 58:09 2:22 5:06:15 2:03 2:59:58
2 9:14:04 5:20 62 McGlone, Samantha Colorado S CO USA 58:07 2:15 5:10:31 2:20 3:00:52
3 9:19:13 10:28 56 Major, Kate Solana Bea CA USA 58:08 2:22 5:10:16 1:54 3:06:35
4 9:26:47 18:02 57 Lawn, Joanna Auckland NZL 58:15 2:09 5:10:18 2:22 3:13:45
5 9:26:55 18:10 104 Preston, Rebecca Buderim AUS 58:08 2:05 5:17:23 2:07 3:07:14
6 9:27:19 18:34 101 Keat, Rebekah Burleigh H AUS 58:13 2:06 5:16:03 2:43 3:08:17
7 9:33:34 24:50 110 Griesbauer, Dede Boston MA USA 53:27 2:10 5:13:06 2:51 3:22:03
8 9:36:10 27:26 116 Cave, Leanda Trowbridge GBR 53:13 2:19 5:13:46 2:32 3:24:22
9 9:37:54 29:10 58 Granger, Belinda Peregian B AUS 58:07 2:20 5:10:18 2:53 3:24:19
10 9:39:47 31:03 118 Csomor, Erika Szazhalomb HUN 1:03:18 2:31 5:29:10 3:25 3:01:25

See how the day unfolded:
Live Update #1
Live Update #2
Live Update #3
Live Update #4

For television and Internet broadcast information, click here.

Coach Joe English, Portland Oregon USA
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Races: Ironman World Championships Live Update #4

As of 5:30PST:

Although Chris Lieto looked great for much of the day, it was Chris McCormack that finally has pulled into the lead in the middle miles of the marathon.

After snapping out the bike course at 24.21MPH (4:37:31), McCormack opened the first five miles of the marathon at 5:52 pace (29:20).

McCormack has been quickly building a lead and looking very strong heading into the Energy Lab. Through 18 miles of the marathon, McCormack had built up a lead of 1:45 over Craig Alexander. Former leadeers Lieto and Torbjorn Sindballe have been slipping back and are now fading quickly.

At mile 19, the differntials looked like this:
1. Chris McCormack
2. Craig Alexander 1:45
3. Chris Lieto 4:25
4. Torbjorn Sindballe 5:13
5. Tim Deboom 5:23

But by the 20 mile mark, the field look like this:
1. Chris McCormack
2. Craig Alexander 2:20
3. Chris Lieto 4:40
4. Torbjorn Sindballe 5:30
5. Timothy DeBoom 5:40

So McCormack continues to power away from the field.

On the women’s side, Chrissie Wellington seems to be powering away from the field. She apparently looks very strong out on the course and we’ve heard that she ran a 3:21 marathon in 122 degree heat at Ironman Korea. Kate Major and Samanatha McGlone were battling early in the run, running side-by-side, by McGlone put the pedal to the metal and has managed to get away from her.

Through mile 13 on the run course, the women’s race looked like this:
1. Chrissie Wellington
2. Samantha McGlone 7:12
3. Kate Major 12:13
4. Joanna Lawn 13 minutes
5. Rebekah Keat 14:50

This should be our last live update until the race concludes within the next hour or so. Check back to see how it all turned out.

Coach Joe English, Portland Oregon USA

Running Wild is a free column from runners and triathletes from running coach Joe English. Check out our archives of training and motivation articles!

Running Wild with Coach Joe – a blog focused on marathon, triathlon and ultra-endurance racing, training and motivation. Bookmark us at http://distance-running.com or use your favorite RSS feed reader to get the latest news and articles. Running Wild is also now available on Facebook and My Space.

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