Your one-stop guide to watching the 2018 IRONMAN World Championship
KEY FACTS (The quick version…)
DATE: Saturday 13th October 2018
TIME: 6:35 a.m. (local time) / 5:35 p.m. (UK time – Saturday evening)
WATCH: Facebook Watch via www.facebook.com/IRONMANnow
DATA & TRACKING: IRONMAN Tracker app
CHAT: TRI247 Twitter via www.twitter.com/tri247
THE DETAILS (Everything you need to know…)
The 2018 IRONMAN World Championship, as in previous years, will be available – free of charge – to follow via live video, text and online timing/tracker updates.
We have compiled here – with UK timings to make it easy for many of our readers – an extended and comprehensive schedule of key race events to provide approximate times of some of the notable moments during the coverage. You can now plan your viewing around important things like dinner or a few pints at the local… but still know what time to get back to see the marathon start!
Live Streaming (TV) Coverage:
Live (internet-based) TV coverage of the 2018 IRONMAN World Championship for global viewers will be available on Facebook Watch via www.facebook.com/IRONMANnow
Race day live coverage is due to begin from at 6:10 a.m. local time (5:10 p.m. UK time) on Saturday 13th October, building up to the start of the Pro races at 6:35 a.m. local time (5:35 p.m. UK time).
In addition, a ‘live body marking show” will also be broadcast from 4:40 a.m. to 5:40 a.m. local time (3:40 p.m. to 4:40 p.m. UK time), hosted by Greg Welch, Paula Newby-Fraser, Michael Lovato and Paul Kaye, again building up towards the start of the race.
“Producing this year’s event is Amaury Sport Organisation (A.S.O.), a best-in-class television production company that is highly experienced in Live coverage of endurance sports events such as the Tour de France to audiences around the world. The live-action will include more cameras 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.”
Live Tracking and Results:
The best way to keep up to date with tracking athletes – Professional and Age-Group – is by downloading the (free) IRONMAN Tracker app. The app provides timing information, leaderboards and allows you to set notifications for athletes you want to follow, which will update as they pass through what is likely to be approximately 30 timing points on the course. It really does work a treat.
Who is racing?:
We can help you with that – for ease of finding details and race numbers on the Pro athletes plus all the Great Britain and Ireland entrants, we’ve got all that summarised for you already:
- Pro Men Start List
- Pro Women Start List
- British & Irish Age-Group Women Start List
- British & Irish Age-Group Men Start List
Join the conversation online:
If you are a Twitter user, then please do follow us via @tri247 for updates, chat and commentary. Join in the fun and let us know how you think the race is going!
If you are following / commenting on the progress of the GB & Ireland athletes, then please add hashtag #GBKONA.
Race Start Timings: Saturday 13th October 2018
(UK time = 11 hours ‘ahead’ of Kona)
- Race Start (Male Pro) – 6:35 a.m. local time / 5.35 p.m. UK time (Saturday evening)
- Race Start (Female Pro) – 6:40 a.m. local time / 5.40 p.m. UK time (Saturday evening)
- Race Start (Age Group Men) – 7:05 a.m. local time / 6.05 p.m. UK time (Saturday evening)
- Race Start (Age Group Women) – 7:20 a.m. local time / 6.20 p.m. UK time (Saturday evening)
- Race Ends (Final finisher) – 00:20 local time (Sunday) / 11.20 a.m. UK time (Sunday morning)
Estimated Schedule of Events – ALL UK TIMES
|EVENT||ESTIMATED UK TIME||DAY / DATE|
|Pro Men Swim Start||5.35pm||Saturday 13th (evening)|
|Pro Women Swim Start||5.40pm||Saturday 13th (evening)|
|First Pro Men reach swim turn (halfway)||5.59pm||Saturday 13th (evening)|
|Male Age Group Swim Start||6.05pm||Saturday 13th (evening)|
|First Pro Woman reaches swim turn (halfway)||6:05pm||Saturday 13th (evening)|
|Female Age Group Swim Start||6.20pm||Saturday 13th (evening)|
|First Swim Finishers (Pro Men)||6.22pm||Saturday 13th (evening)|
|First Pro Men Start Bike||6.24pm||Saturday 13th (evening)|
|First Swim Finisher (Pro Women)||6.29pm||Saturday 13th (evening)|
|First Pro Women Start Bike||6:31pm||Saturday 13th (evening)|
|First Swim Finisher (Male Age Group)||6.57pm||Saturday 13th (evening)|
|First Swim Finisher (Female Age Group)||7:12pm||Saturday 13th (evening)|
|Swim Cutoff (Last Female Age Grouper)||8:40pm||Saturday 13th (evening)|
|First Pro Men at Hawi (Bike turn, circa 59 miles)||8:48pm||Saturday 13th (evening)|
|First Pro Women at Hawi (Bike turn, circa 59 miles)||9:10pm||Saturday 13th (evening)|
|First Pro Men Finish Bike||10:45pm||Saturday 13th (evening)|
|First Pro Women Finish Bike||11:28pm||Saturday 13th (evening)|
|First Pro Women Start Run||11:30pm||Saturday 13th (evening)|
|First Pro Men at 'Pay & Save Hill' (Palani, 8 miles**)||11:45pm||Saturday 13th (evening)|
|First Pro Women at 'Pay & Save Hill' (Palani, 8 miles**)||12:28am||Sunday 14th (morning)|
|First Male Pro Finisher||1:35am||Sunday 14th (morning)|
|First Female Pro Finisher||2:30am||Sunday 14th (morning)|
|First Male Age Group Finisher||2:55am||Sunday 14th (morning)|
|First Female Age Group Finisher||4:05am||Sunday 14th (morning)|
|Bike Cutoff (10:30 after final start time)||4.50am||Sunday 14th (morning)|
|Race Finishes (17:00 after final start time)||11.20am||Sunday 14th (morning)|
(** A change to the run course this year means that athletes should reach the bottom on Palani on the Marathon earlier than in previous years at approximately eight rather than ten miles into the run).
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