How to Watch the Ironman World Championship in St. George
The Ironman World Championship is a race that’s been put on by the World Triathlon Corporation since 1982. Consisting of a 2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike and 26.2 mile run, it’s the culmination of a series of qualifiers held worldwide throughout the year prior. This year in a historic first, instead of being held in Hawaii, it’s being held in St George, Utah; bringing together 77 of the world’s top triathletes on the first Saturday in May to battle it out for a prize pot of $750,000 and the impressive title of World Champion on one of the most challenging courses in the world.
According to Triathlete.com, ‘The last full Ironman in St. George was held in 2012—and had a 29% DNF rate on the hilly, hot day’. After a swim in Sand Hollow State Park’s warm-water reservoir, triathletes will face their biggest challenge navigating the steep and rough desert terrain on the bike section of the race (7,374ft elevation), coming up against the famous Snow Canyon on the second loop. The run is markedly flatter, at 1,413ft elevation on an undulating track which will challenge each triathlete’s form. And St. George’s erratic weather could prove a problem if the lightning storms, heatwaves and hurricane winds that have featured in other races decide to show.
Who to watch
2022’s World Championship has faced a couple of big names sitting out due to injury. Three-time defending Men’s World Champion Jan Frodeno announced mid-April that a tear in his Achilles would prevent him from competing. Similarly, race favourite Lucy Charles-Barclay announced just weeks prior, that she’d gone from the highest point in her career to the lowest, thanks to a hip fracture forcing her to withdraw.
Ones to watch include defending IRONMAN World Champion Anne Haug who’s leading the Professional Women’s field and facing challenges to her title from the likes of four-time World Champion Daniela Ryf, as well as 70.3 world record holder Laura Philipp, Olympian Lisa Norden and top-performers Kat Matthews, Skye Moench and Ruth Astle, to name a few.
While on the Professional Men’s field, in Frodeno’s absence, viewers should keep their eyes peeled for Kristian Blummenfelt, who recorded the fastest IRONMAN time ever in his debut late last year. Alongside Gustav Iden, two-time 70.3 World Champion, Sebastian Kienle, the only former World Champion in the race and Olympians Alistair Brownlee and Javier Gomez.
When and where to watch
How to Watch the Ironman World Championship in St. George – The race will take place on Saturday 7th May 2022, with the Pro Men starting first at 1.15 pm BST, followed by Pro Women at 1.20 pm BST, Physically Challenged/Handcycle athletes at 1.25 pm BST and Age Group athletes at 1.45 pm BST.
Fans can livestream the World Championship by following the IRONMAN broadcast on YouTube and Facebook Watch, with live race updates from the ground on Twitter and Instagram