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2023 IRONMAN 70.3 World Championships: Dates, start times and how to watch live

2023 IRONMAN 70.3 World Championships: Dates, start times and how to watch live

This year, the best middle distance athletes in the world will head to Lahti, Finland as they battle it out for the IRONMAN 70.3 World Championships crown, with a stellar field of professional men and women set to race in the Land of a Thousand Lakes this weekend.

Both defending champions from St George last year, Kristian Blummenfelt and Taylor Knibb, return to defend their titles, but will have to fend off a young crop of talent that include the likes of French duo Mathis Margirier and Marjolaine Pierre if they have hopes of taking the tape for the second year running.

In our guide to the event below, you can find all the details you need on dates, start times and streaming information for this year’s World Championships. Additionally, you can click on the following links for a full rundown of the start lists, plus our picks for the podium in both the men and women’s races which will appear 48 hours beforehand.

Start time and dates

The men and women will race on separate days at the 2023 IRONMAN 70.3 World Championships, with the women’s race on Saturday August 26 and the men’s race on Sunday August 27.

On Saturday, the women will start their race at 07:30 local time. This corresponds to 00:30 on the East Coast, 05:30 in the UK and 06:30 Central European Time. On the West Coast, the race will begin at 21:30 on Friday August 25.

On Sunday, the men will start their race at 07:30 local time. This corresponds to 00:30 on the East Coast, 05:30 in the UK and 06:30 Central European Time. On the West Coast, the race will begin at 21:30 on Saturday August 25.

How can I watch the IRONMAN 70.3 World Championships?

Coverage of the 2023 IRONMAN 70.3 World Championships will be available for free on Outside Watch, with the broadcast beginning at 07:00 local time on both Saturday and Sunday. In the UK and Europe, coverage will begin at 05:00 and 06:00 respectively, with Americans able to tune in from 12:00 on the East Coast and 21:00 on the West Coast (Friday and Saturday night).

IRONMAN 70.3 World Championships course

The IRONMAN 70.3 World Championships will this year take place in Lahti, a Finnish city that sits an hour outside of the capital Helsinki. The athletes will complete the 1900m swim in Lake Vesijärvi, before embarking on a single lap bike course that takes in the surrounding countryside. To finish, the race will take in two laps with some punchy hills on the run, before ending with a sprint down the finishing chute near the city’s ski jumps.

IRONMAN 70.3 World Championships Past Winners

  • 2022: Kristian Blummenfelt (NOR) / Taylor Knibb (USA)
  • 2021: Gustav Iden (NOR) / Lucy Charles-Barclay (GBR)
  • 2019: Gustav Iden (NOR) / Daniela Ryf (SUI)
  • 2018: Jan Frodeno (GER) / Daniela Ryf (SUI)
  • 2017: Javier Gomez (ESP) / Daniela Ryf (SUI)
  • 2016: Tim Reed (AUS) / Holly Lawrence (GBR)
  • 2015: Jan Frodeno (GER) / Daniela Ryf (SUI)
  • 2014: Javier Gomez (ESP) / Daniela Ryf (SUI)
  • 2013: Sebastian Kienle (GER) / Melissa Hauschildt (AUS)
  • 2012: Sebastian Kienle (GER) / Leanda Cave (GBR)
  • 2011: Craig Alexander (AUS) / Melissa Rollison (AUS)
  • 2010: Michael Raelert (GER) / Jodie Swallow (GBR)
  • 2009: Michael Raelert (GER) / Julie Dibens (GBR)
  • 2008: Terenzo Bozzone (NZL) / Joanna Zeiger (USA)
  • 2007: Andy Potts (USA) / Mirinda Carfrae (AUS)
  • 2006: Craig Alexander (AUS) / Samantha McGlone (CAN)

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