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Ironman Kona postponed to early 2021

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The Ironman Kona World Championships have been postponed from Oct. 10 to Feb. 6, 2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The Ironman 70.3 World Championships, originally scheduled for New Zealand in late November, have been postponed indefinitely. Organizers hope to schedule it for early 2021, too.

“As the global COVID-19 pandemic continues to impact events around the world, both world championship events have seen a majority of their respective qualifying events postponed or unable to take place in 2020, impeding the ability to produce and host truly competitive world championship events,” according to an Ironman press release. “Based on these factors and circumstances beyond our control, coupled with a mission to give athletes and communities as much preparation time as possible, it is clear the world championship events cannot proceed as planned in October and November, respectively.”

Updated Ironman qualifying information can be found here.

The Ironman has been held annually in Hawaii since 1978 (and twice in 1982). It was originally a February event on Oahu. It was moved to the Big Island in 1981.

The 2019 Ironman world champions were Germans Jan Frodeno and Anne Haug. Full 2019 Ironman results are here.

The Ironman combined a 2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike and a 26.2-mile marathon run, taking the top men around eight hours and the top women nine hours.

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WATCH LIVE: 2019 Ironman Kona World Championships

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The Ironman Kona World Championships — a grueling 140.6-mile triathlon in sweltering Hawaii — stream live on NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app on Saturday.

A year after shattering course records, German Patrick Lange and Swiss Daniela Ryf defend their world titles.

The men’s race starts at 6:25 a.m. local time (12:25 p.m. ET) with the 2.4-mile swim. The women start in Kailua Bay water five minutes later. The swim is followed by a 112-mile bike on the Queen Ka’ahumanu Highway and then a marathon to the Kona finish line.

The fastest triathletes will complete the course in eight hours.

NBCSN coverage runs from noon-2 p.m. ET. NBC and NBCSN will also have occasional check-ins throughout the afternoon, culminating with finish coverage around 8:30 p.m. ET.

On Sunday, NBCSN will air a recap show from 2-3 p.m. ET.

WATCH LIVE: Ironman Kona World Championships, 12:25 p.m. ET — STREAM LINK

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2019 Ironman Kona TV, live stream schedule

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The Ironman Kona World Championships air live on NBC Sports on Oct. 12, beginning with a 90-minute NBCSN show at 12:30 p.m. ET and continuing with live streaming coverage of the men’s and women’s pro races.

The annual Ironman TV special, with athlete features woven with race coverage, airs Nov. 30 at 4:30 p.m. ET.

German Patrick Lange and Swiss Daniela Ryf, who broke their own course records last year, are expected back to headline the fields at the Hawaii event that dates to 1978.

The Ironman includes a 2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike and a marathon. It takes top triathletes eight hours to complete.

Live streaming will air on NBCSports.com/live, the NBC Sports app and the Ironman Facebook page.

LIVE STREAM LINK: 2019 Ironman Kona — Oct. 12, 12:30 p.m. ET

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