Ironman have teamed up with Facebook to provide live coverage of the 2018 Ironman season. The coverage will be available globally to fans of www.facebook.com/IRONMANnow, and debuts on Sunday, June 24 for Ironman France. In total it will cover a total of 16 races across 3 continents. This includes extensive coverage of the 2018 World Championship, which will also be available on NBC Sports for fans in the United States.
In addition to the live race coverage, there will be 20-episode live weekly show titled “Ironman: 40 Years of Dreams,” which celebrates Ironman’s 40th anniversary, will debut on Facebook Watch July 5, 2018 and run through November 15, 2018.
“We are thrilled to add Facebook to our lineup of global digital and broadcast partners.” said Matthieu van Veen, Chief Revenue Officer for Ironman. “We are excited to bring this live and interactive experience to our global community, giving it a new way to watch and engage with Ironman. We are confident that our lineup of programming will have broad global appeal to our loyal athletes and fans and will introduce new athletes to our community.”
The live events will be hosted by IM World Champion and Hall of Famer Greg Welch, three-time IRONMAN Champion Michael Lovato, and three-time IM champion Dede Griesbauer. Ann Wessling and Michael Lovato will host the live weekly show and provide a comprehensive and interactive round-up of the previous week’s races, as well as deliver race previews and news around the season. Eight-time IM World Champion Paula Newby Fraser will also provide her unique perspective on the quest to qualify for the 2018 IM World Championship.
Live race coverage of the following events as well as live weekly episodes and a range of on-demand programming will be available in the United States on Facebook Watch and globally via the IRONMAN now Facebook Page – www.facebook.com/IRONMANnow.