It’s sensation that this has happened before once more – for the second time in 2022, we’re back in St. George, Utah for a big showdown race – this time, the Ironman 70.3 Big showdown. In any case, this is no dense replay of May’s race, where Kristian Blummenfelt and Daniela Ryf guaranteed their titles as 2021 Ironman Title holders. All things considered, there’s an entirely different cast of characters, interesting storylines, and what makes certain to be two exciting long periods of dashing.
Ready to tune in and get psyched? Here’s everything you need to know about how (and who) to watch at 70.3 Worlds.
How to watch the Ironman 70.3 World Championships
The two-day 70.3 Worlds free livestream will take place exclusively on Outside Watch. Complete live coverage of the women’s pro race, hosted by the Ironman commentary team, will start at 9:00 a.m. ET (7:00 a.m. MT local time) on Friday, October 28. Live coverage of the men’s pro race will take place the following day, Saturday, October 29, starting at 9:00 a.m. ET (7:00 a.m. MT local time).
If you can’t catch both races, don’t worry – the replay from both races will be available on demand for Outside+ members. (Not an Outside+ member? Join today for only $2.49 per month, and you’ll get on-demand access to not just this race, but a whole playlist of Ironman, Super League, and PTO races to stream for motivation during your trainer rides and treadmill runs this winter.)
The 70.3 Worlds course
With the St. George 70.3 and full-Ironman occasions both well known objections on the circuit, numerous competitors are know all about the sloping and hot course (one of the hardest out there).
Like common, competitors start with a 1.2-mile swim in Sand Empty Repository prior to traveling west back toward St. George for a one-circle 56-mile ride, most popular for its move up Snow Gully and extremely quick plunge once more into town. (We timed it at around 4,000 feet of height over the course.) The significant change for the big showdown comes on the 13.1-mile run course, which will be two circles. It begins by taking competitors out the standard course and up the extreme trip they had recently trekked down. Subsequent to navigating Corner to corner and Feign Roads, competitors will turn onto the Dixie Red Slopes Fairway for a three-mile circle prior to getting back to Feign and Slanting. Subsequent to going through midtown St. George (which will be loaded with cheering onlookers), competitors start their subsequent circle. On the whole, the run course includes around 700 all out feet of height gain.
With a forecasted high of 65 degrees F on Saturday and 69 degrees F Saturday, heat should not be a factor on the run as it usually (and infamously) is with this race; however, cold temperatures in the morning (41 and 43 degrees F, respectively) may make for a very chilly swim.
Who to watch
Defending Ironman 70.3 World Champions Gustav Iden (NOR) and Lucy Charles-Barclay (GBR) headline the pro start list, but defending their title won’t come easily, as challengers include Americans Taylor Knibb and Sam Long; 2021 Ironman World Champion and Olympic gold medalist, Kristian Blummenfelt (NOR); and fellow Olympic gold medalist Flora Duffy (BER). All will be vying for the $350,000 USD prize purse and the title of World Champion.
Check out the full start lists here, and stay tuned for our expert analysis of the contenders in the men’s and women’s pro races – we’ll be posting much more in the coming days in our 2022 Ironman 70.3 World Championship Hub.