Ryf tops current prize money standings for 2017

From Triathlon World

The season isn’t over, but according to Challenge-Family’s prize money rankings Daniela Ryf is ahead of her male counterparts on the prize money front in 2017.

When it comes to earning prize money in 2017, Daniela Ryf has moved to the top of the castle, overtaking Mario Mola thanks to her $120,000 payday at the Ironman World Championship earlier this month. Patrick Lange, who earned the same amount as Ryf in winning the Kona race, moved himself to fifth on the prize money standings on the men’s side.

It’s interesting to note that ITU World Champion Flora Duffy, second in the women’s rankings, is also ahead of the second-placed man in the standings, Javier Gomez, who won $45,000 as the Ironman 70.3 world champion. Ryf took the same amount thanks to her win in Chattanooga, too.

Read the full article for the standings

New reality TV show Quest for Kona hits the airwaves

From Endurance Business

Beginning this week, IRONMAN’s new reality TV show Quest for Kona, which features 10 age-group athletes’ qualifying journeys, will air on NBC Sports in the US and Red Bull TV internationally – with the series beginning on 4 October 2017.

Confirmed at the beginning of this year, with finalists for the show selected in March, the Quest for Kona TV series will profile ten triathletes from around the world as they embark on their journey to qualify for the IRONMAN World Championship in Kailua-Kona, Hawai’i.

Throughout the series, IRONMAN notes that the ‘athletes will evolve physically and emotionally as they pursue the goal of competing among the best in the world.’

Each episode features ‘one charismatic and engaging contender’ as they take on a specific IRONMAN qualifying event, capturing the scenery, local culture and unique athletic challenges that each setting presents. While not every athlete may ultimately qualify, each episode will aim to show that ‘IRONMAN is about persevering, enduring and being a part of something larger than themselves, proving that Anything is Possible.’

The Quest for Kona show will air on NBC Sports Network (available in the US) and on Red Bull TV available internationally, outside of the US.

Episode 1: Oct 4 – 16:30 – Grace Stevens (Melbourne, Victoria, Australia)
Episode 2: Oct 15 – 16:30 – Roberto de Souza Vieira (Vitória, Espírito Santo, Brazil)
Episode 3: Oct 18 – noon – Andrew Jamieson (Cairns, Queensland, Australia)
Episode 4: Oct 25 – noon – Heather Jensen (Vineyard, Utah, United States)
Episode 5: Nov 1 – noon – AJ Lane (Hampshire, England, United Kingdom)
Episode 6: Nov 8 – noon – Adam Hill (San Clemente, California, United States)
Episode 7: Nov 11 – noon – Eric Beach (Georgetown, Kentucky, United States)
Episode 8: Nov 22 – noon – Susanne Vanzijl (Elkton, Maryland, United States)
Episode 9: Nov 29 – noon – Rupert Chen (Serdang, Selangor, Malaysia)
Episode 10: Dec 6 – noon – Maria ‘Flaca’ Guerrero (Dallas, Texas, United States)