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.

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)