NBC says this year’s show will feature an updated style that will visually unlock the fiercely competitive culture of the world-class sporting event that is the Ironman World Championship. Taking viewers on an “all access” experience behind the raw emotion, physical demands, and polarizing competition that unfolds on the Island of Hawai`i with introspective narration to bring viewers a story that can only be told by the athletes themselves.
This year’s broadcast will be two hours in length and air just two weeks after race day. In past years, the broadcast has always been around the second Saturday in December. This year, with the expectation that Lance Armstrong would take part in Ironman, producers initially wanted to explore broadcasting the event live. It’s a logistical nightmare, however, because of how spread out the race is and how challenging it would be to try to capture all the nuances live. The decision was made to air it as close to the event as possible.
To date, the broadcast has earned more than 40 Emmy nominations, won 16 Emmy awards and received three prestigious CINE Golden Eagle Awards.