Posted by: Heart of America News | November 29, 2011

Race Coverage Just a Click Away

By Ron Adkins, Heart of America Triathlon News

Not so long ago, the only triathlon to garner serious national media coverage was the Hawaiian Ironman. But as the sport grows steadily – both in participation and in spectators – some broadcast avenues are opening.

You still have to scratch the surface a little, but digital technology gives triathletes the chance to watch other national and world-wide races. Even regional series in warmer climates are getting airtime.

Here’s a quick scan of where to find some tri action before the 2012 HOA Series begins:

  • In eastern Iowa, KCRG digital channel 9.2 periodically runs coverage of triathlons. Check www.kcrg.com for a program guide for the 9.2 channel to find out when tri’s are broadcast.
  • Triathlete Magazine sponsors www.triathlete.tv, a website offering full coverage of the Hawaiian Ironman, as well as other national races. Browsers can also find special features, in-depth coverage, and previews of races. The website also links their content found on YouTube.
  • Xterra Triathlete Will Kelsay and his wife Shelby are starting a new web broadcast for tris at www.livetriathloncoverage.com. The main site is still under development, but Kelsay is providing race stats in real time through Twitter. Additional content can be found on his blog, willkelsay.com/blog.
  • Great tri coverage and content can be found at www.triathlonlive.tv. According to the site, it is currently the only place offering live and on-demand streaming of national and international triathlon series. It is a subscriber service, but for a modest fee, viewers get access to a ton of material.

We’ll post more as we learn of other broadcast and digital venues.

Until then, tune in and enjoy a little off-season tri excitement.

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