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IRONMAN Ireland, IRONMAN Wales to be broadcast live on Facebook

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The 2019 schedule of IRONMAN Facebook live to include Youghal and Tenby

Continuing their partnership with Facebook Watch for the broadcast of live coverage from the IRONMAN series of events, the schedule of 2019 events has just been confirmed.

Coverage starts this coming weekend at the Standard Bank IRONMAN® African Championship, where Lucy Charles-Barclay will be defending the title she won twelve months ago, and will be joined by twice Kona third place finisher, David McNamee, with several other Brits racing too.

The two GB and Ireland full distance Pro events in 2019 (IRONMAN UK, Bolton, will be an Age-Group only race this year), IRONMAN Ireland and IRONMAN Wales are both on the list of 17 races that will be broadcast live this season.

Here is the full announcement and details of the full schedule.




Facebook Watch exclusive digital home of live race coverage for 17 events in 2019, including the IRONMAN World Championship in Kailua-Kona, Hawai`i and IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship in Nice, France

IRONMAN, a Wanda Sports Holdings Company, is excited to announce the continuation of unprecedented live event coverage on the IRONMAN Now® Facebook Watch page which will feature 17 events from around the world in 2019. Available globally to fans on Facebook, the coverage debuts on Sunday, April 7 with the Standard Bank IRONMAN® African Championship taking place in Nelson Mandela Bay, South Africa.

The events covered this season will come from 11 different countries and four continents. The storylines are rich with intrigue as three regional championships will be featured along with first edition events in Cork, Ireland and Vitoria, Spain, and live coverage on Facebook Watch coming to Australia for the very first time. Additionally, IRONMAN Florida will enjoy its return to Panama City Beach as the city continues its recovery and reopens its doors to the world following the devastation of Hurricane Michael last October. Long-standing IRONMAN triathlons in Lake Placid, New York and Tempe, Arizona will also join the likes of IRONMAN Wales which is globally known as one of the most challenging events on the circuit.

The extensive coverage continues with the 2019 IRONMAN® 70.3® World Championship taking place on Sept. 7-8 in Nice, France where nearly 6,000 of the best triathletes in the world will converge on the French Riviera for the largest event in the series’ history.

The IRONMAN World Championship, which takes place annually in Kailua-Kona, Hawai`i, will again receive robust week-long programming, culminating in nearly a full-day of live race coverage on October 12. Last year’s IRONMAN World Championship included more than 20 hours of comprehensive live race day coverage, including everything from the early morning body marking to the final hour finish line celebration.

IRONMAN will produce its live coverage for a connected audience, incorporating unique viewer interaction through Facebook Watch Parties, real-time polls, fan discussion, and user generated content from spectators along the course.

The fully produced live event coverage will be hosted by past champions of IRONMAN events, including Dede Griesbauer, Rachel Joyce, Matt Lieto, and Michael Lovato, as well as IRONMAN World Champions and Hall of Famers Paula Newby Fraser and Greg Welch.

Live race coverage of the following events as well as a range of on-demand programming will be available globally via the IRONMAN Now Facebook Page – The full 2019 schedule can be found below.

2019 IRONMAN Now Facebook Watch Schedule

April 7Standard Bank IRONMAN African Championship - South AfricaNelson Mandela Bay, South Africa
April 27Memorial Hermann IRONMAN North American Championship - TexasThe Woodlands, Texas, USA
May 5IRONMAN AustraliaPort Macquarie, New South Wales, Australia
June 9IRONMAN BoulderBoulder, Colorado, USA
June 23IRONMAN Ireland, CorkYoughal, Cork, Ireland
June 30Mainova IRONMAN European Championship - FrankfurtFrankfurt, Germany
July 7IRONMAN Austria - KarntenKlagenfurt, Austria
July 14IRONMAN Vitoria - GasteizVitoria, Spain
July 28ViewSPORT IRONMAN Lake PlacidLake Placid, New York, USA
August 18KMD IRONMAN CopenhagenCopenhagen, Denmark
September 7-8IRONMAN 70.3 World ChampionshipNice, France
September 15IRONMAN WalesTenby, Pembrokeshire, Wales, United Kingdom
September 21IRONMAN Italy Emilia-RomagnaCervia, Emilia Romagna, Italy
September 29Little Debbie IRONMAN Chattanooga presented by McKee A Family BakeryChattanooga, Tennessee, USA
October 12IRONMAN World ChampionshipKailua-Kona, Hawai`i, USA
November 2IRONMAN FloridaPanama City Beach, Florida, USA
November 24IRONMAN ArizonaTempe, Arizona, USA
John Levison
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John Levison
TRI247's Chief Correspondent, John has been involved in triathlon for well over 30 years, 15 of those writing on these pages, whilst he can also be found commentating for events across the UK.
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