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RACE DAY: How to watch Ironman World Champs
Posted by: John Levison
Posted on: Tuesday 7th October 2014


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It's the second Saturday in October and you are a triathlon fan. Of course, you'll be spending Saturday night and well in to Sunday morning in front a PC or laptop. Won't you?!

The 2014 Ironman World Championship, as in previous years, will be available - free of charge - to follow via live video, text and online timing/tracker updates. Many of you, we know, will be aware of much of this already - but equally we suspect that there are an awful lot of triathletes out there that aren't aware or familiar that they can follow triathlon's annual 'big dance' in Hawaii from the comfort of their office, sofa or indeed by taking the laptop / tablet to bed. Best check with the 'other half' first on that one.

So, here is our Guide to following the 2014 Ironman World Championship. We have also put together - with UK timings to make it easy for many of our readers - a schedule of key race events to provide approximate times of some of the key 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!

#GBKONA 2014 Coverage

Live TV Coverage:

Live (internet-based) TV coverage of the 2014 Ironman World Championship will be available via Ironman Live on the links below. As well as the video feeds, Ironman typically also provides a text-based commentary, photo updates and an online race tracker (timing) which allows you to check progress of individual athletes through the course as they pass various timing check points throughout the race.

Remember, if you are following / commenting on the progress of the GB & Ireland athletes via Twitter, please add hashtag #GBKONA.

Ironman Live Links:

Race Timings: Saturday 11th October 2014
(UK time = 11 hours 'ahead' of Kona)

*** NOTE - START TIME CHANGES FOR 2014 ***

Race Start (Male Pro athletes) - 6:25 a.m. local time / 5.25 p.m. UK time (Saturday evening, 11th October)
Race Start (Female Pro athletes) - 6:30 a.m. local time / 5.30 p.m. UK time (Saturday evening, 11th October)
Race Start (Age Group Men) - 6:50 a.m. local time / 5.50 p.m. UK time (Saturday evening, 11th October)
Race Start (Age Group Women) - 7:00 a.m. local time / 6.00 p.m. UK time (Saturday evening, 11th October)
Race Ends (Final finisher) - Midnight local time / 11.00 a.m. UK time (Sunday morning, 12th October)

(Last year, the Pro Men started at 6.30 a.m., Pro Women at 6:35 a.m. and all Age Group athlete a 7:00 a.m. local time).

Estimated Schedule of Events - ALL UK LOCAL TIMES

Event
*** ESTIMATED UK TIME ***
Date
Pro Men Swim Start
5.25pm
Saturday 11th (evening)
Pro Women Swim Start
5.30pm
Saturday 11th (evening)
First Pro Men reach swim turn (halfway)
5.48pm
Saturday 11th (evening)
First Pro Woman reaches swim turn (halfway)
5:54pm
Saturday 11th (evening)
Male Age Group Swim Start
5.50pm
Saturday 11th (evening)
Female Age Group Swim Start
6.00pm
Saturday 11th (evening)
First Swim Finishers (Pro Men)
6.13pm
Saturday 11th (evening)
First Pro Men Start Bike
6.15pm
Saturday 11th (evening)
First Swim Finisher (Pro Women)
6.20pm
Saturday 11th (evening)
First Pro Women Start Bike
6:22pm
Saturday 11th (evening)
First Swim Finisher (Male Age Group)
6.42pm
Saturday 11th (evening)
First Swim Finisher (Female Age Group)
6:55pm
Saturday 11th (evening)
Swim Cutoff (Last Female Age Grouper)
8:20pm
Saturday 11th (evening)
First Pro Men at Hawi (Bike turn, circa 59 miles)
8:35pm
Saturday 11th (evening)
First Pro Women at Hawi (Bike turn, circa 59 miles)
8:56pm
Saturday 11th (evening)
First Pro Men Finish Bike
10:37pm
Saturday 11th (evening)
First Pro Women Finish Bike
11:15pm
Saturday 11th (evening)
First Pro Men Start Run
10:39pm
Saturday 11th (evening)
First Pro Women Start Run
11:17pm
Saturday 11th (evening)
First Pro Men at 'Pay & Save Hill' (Palani, 10 miles)
11:42pm
Saturday 11th (evening)
First Pro Women at 'Pay & Save Hill' (Palani, 10 miles)
12:25am
Sunday 12th (early morning)
First Male Pro Finisher
1:30am
Sunday 12th (early morning)
First Female Pro Finisher
2:20am
Sunday 12th (early morning)
First Male Age Group Finisher
2:27am
Sunday 12th (early morning)
First Female Age Group Finisher
3:25am
Sunday 12th (early morning)
Bike Cutoff
4.30am
Sunday 12th (early morning)
Race Finishes
11.00am
Sunday 12th (early morning)

Race Links

Here are some further links which may prove useful. The start list links below provide details of an athletes race number, which can be very useful when searching for timing data in the online race tracker. All of the GB and Ireland athletes are provided in one file, by category, on the link below.

Race website: www.ironmanworldchampionship.com / Race pack: HERE.

Start Lists (All): HERE | Start Lists (British / Irish, by category): HERE

#GBKONA 2014 Coverage


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