Casting for Season Two of “IRONMAN: QUEST FOR KONA” Now Open

Series to run in 2018 through top international broadcasters; Casting submissions open until February 1, 2018

TAMPA, Fla. (December 15, 2017) — IRONMAN, a Wanda Sports Holdings company, announced today that applications for the second season of “IRONMAN: Quest for Kona”, are now being accepted globally.

The series, which just finished airing its first full season on NBCSN and Red Bull TV to positive reviews, is scheduled to air in 2018 and will profile ten athletes from around the world as they embark on their journey to qualifying for the most iconic single-day endurance event, the IRONMAN® World Championship which will take place in Kailua-Kona, Hawai`i on October 13, 2018. Throughout the series, athletes will evolve physically and emotionally as they pursue the goal of competing among the best in the world.

“We are excited to embark on our search for the next set of IRONMAN competitors who are willing to share their stories of dedication and perseverance in working toward their ultimate goal – qualifying for the 2018 IRONMAN World Championship,” said Christopher Stadler, Chief Marketing Officer of IRONMAN. “I am confident that we are going to have another cast of remarkable athletes looking to share their extraordinary and awe-inspiring stories.”

Each episode will feature one charismatic and engaging contender as they take on a specific IRONMAN qualifying event, capturing the breathtaking scenery, local culture and unique athletic challenges that each setting presents. While not every athlete may ultimately qualify, each will show that IRONMAN is about persevering, enduring and being a part of something larger than themselves, proving that ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE®.

Self-shot footage will be utilized to capture each person’s real-time journey as a supplement to the broadcast content. “IRONMAN: Quest for Kona” takes aspirational athletes and puts their mission front and center, inviting viewers to experience the personal highs and lows of each pursuit. Air dates and channels for each market will be released in the coming months.

Casting for the second season is currently open globally, with the first round of submission due by February 1, 2018. Additional information and casting application is available at www.ironman.com/questforkona.

For more information on the IRONMAN brand and global event series, visit www.ironman.com. For media related inquiries, please contact press@ironman.com.

Winner of Tickets to the IRONMAN World Championship Broadcast Premiere Announced

With so many entries, this was a tough decision but ultimately there can only be one winner.

And the winning entry goes to…Barry Faust of Orefield, PA!!!!

Big thank you to all who submitted their awesome stories about how IRONMAN has changed their lives for the better! There are still a few tickets available to the Broadcast Premiere Viewing Party and you can purchase them here.

Here is Barry’s winning entry:

I participated in my first triathlon, a local sprint August 2007, on my 29th wedding anniversary.  August 2009, I completed my first Ironman event:  Ironman Louisville, and I was hooked. Since then I have completed (4) other Ironman events and (15) 70.3’s., highlighted by IM 70.3 World Championship in Zell am See, with my wife Cindy.I truly agree Ironman is a lifestyle, In 2016, I joined Team BllueLine racing.  We race to raise awareness and money for the families of law enforcement officers killed or seriously injured in the line of duty.  In 2016 we went to cheer other team members participating in IM Chattanooga, and had the opportunity to meet the Freeman family, whose husband was killed in the line of duty May 2016.  We met the family:  wife – Jessica, her mother – Tammy, children – Braden and Blaiklyn.  It was truly an amazing experience bonding with 8-year-old Blaiklyn and developing a relationship with the family that exists today so strong.  They believe we are a silver lining in their tragic event, and I say they have so changed my outlook on life.  And I have Ironman to thank for that.  Each race Team BlueLine members cross the finish line with the BlueLine flag honoring law enforcement officers.  I said I met the family in Chattanooga and bonded with Baiklyn during the race and while waiting during the race she taught me to do cartwheels.  In honor of her I finish each race with the flag and a cartwheel at the finish line.  I am 60 years old and doing a cartwheel alone is hard enough but after an Ironman event “Anything is Possible”

I turned 60 this past January and I had this crazy idea that I would do (4) Ironmans and (3) 70.3’s.  Ironman – Boulder, Mt Tremblant, Chattanooga, and Cozumel.  70.3’s – Texas, Muncie and Lake Placid, and work on my way to a legacy spot in the future.  I was able to complete IM 70.3 Texas, IM Boulder, IM 70.3 Muncie, before I started to develop severe pain in my hips.  It is because of training and Ironman I think I still have a good prognosis.  Since having the hip pain, I obtained a MRI and was diagnosed as having Bone Cancer, which originated in my Kidney and metastasized into the bones.  If not for having the pain in the hips from training I would never have known the tumor on the kidney was growing and could have been a silent killer.  I have since had the kidney and tumor removed and am receiving treatment for the bone cancer.  I am hoping after treatment to get back to training and continue participating in Ironman events.  On November 15, 2017 I received results from recent CAT Scan indicating progress with the treatment, where significant new healing bone growth was shown in the spots where cancer had been observed.  I am registered for Ironman Lake Placid in 2018 and probably will be deferring to 2019, but I also am registered for Ironman 70.3 Lake Placid in 2018 and hope to be able to participate.

I truly believe the Ironman lifestyle and having a goal to get back to Ironman is a true blessing. 

I close in saying Thank you.  “ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE”
Barry L. Faust

Are you an IRON-nerd? You could win BIG – Premier IRONMAN event in NYC!

Are you an IRON-NERD?

Tell us how much you love IRONMAN, how it’s changed your life for the better, or any other story how IRONMAN came into your life.

The judging committee at 303Triathlon will choose the best entry and the winner will receive two (2) tickets to the IRONMAN World Championship Broadcast Premiere Viewing Party in New York City (travel and lodging NOT INCLUDED) on Tuesday, December 5th.

Prize valued at $300, the winner and their guest will get to attend the Broadcast Premiere and rub shoulders with Pro-Athletes Patrick Lange, Timothy O’Donnell, the “Voice of IRONMAN” Mike Reilly, and many more IRONMAN celebrities.

Please submit your entries to khem@303colorado.com by November 22 nd . Winning entry will be published at 303Triathlon.com on Tuesday, November 28th.

Good luck!!!

IRONMAN World Championships Broadcast Premier Viewing Party in NYC!

Having Kona withdrawals? Here’s a very good reason to book a trip…a trip to the Big Apple!

The Broadcast Premiere Viewing Party of the 2017 IRONMAN World Championship will be taking place on December 5th in New York City. Besides a front row seat at the finish line in Kona, this party is slated to be the Best Night in Triathlon.

The evening will begin with a welcome reception mix & mingle with professional athletes, featured inspirational athletes, and an opportunity to take a piece of IRONMAN World Championship history home with you via a silent auction. There will even be an opportunity to bid on a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to race in the 2018 IRONMAN World Championship and 2018 IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship during the live auction!

Following the reception, you will experience all the action of the 2017 IRONMAN World Championship NBC broadcast before it airs nationwide. The evening concludes with a Q&A session discussing all the behind-the-scenes details with a panel of IRONMAN Professional Athletes and IRONMAN Hall of Fame members.

Celebrity guests to include 3-time IRONMAN World Champion Mirinda Carfrae, IRONMAN U.S. Champion Timothy O’Donnell, and of course The “Voice” of IRONMAN Mike Reilly.

Tickets are on sale now with proceeds benefitting the IRONMAN Foundation Community Fund. Click here to purchase tickets.