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It’s finally here! The North American start of the long-course season—and the April U.S. World Championships (as we’re affectionately calling 70.3 Oceanside) is even more stacked than usual.
This year’s race will see 3,500 athletes take off on Saturday morning, April 2. They’ll start from the beach in Oceanside, California, circle the rolling hills and Marine Corps base around the outskirts of San Diego, and then finish with a two-loop oceanfront palm-tree-lined run. But it’s not just about the scenery. With $50,000 on the line and a star-studded field, you’ll want to watch it live.
Who to Watch
Daniela, Paula, Holly. These are one-name athletes, any of whom could win. Nine-time world champion Daniela Ryf is unbeatable when she’s on (though she lost to Laura Philipp at her opener in Dubai 70.3 last month). Which Ryf will we see? And after a year battling injuries, Paula Findlay won the 2021 rescheduled edition of this race—which happened just five short months ago—and she looks uninjured now. Plus, a 70.3 world champion herself, Holly Lawrence has won here (and lots of other places) and been second. But with a deep deep women’s field anyone could beat those three: up-and-coming U.S. star Taylor Knibb; super speedy runner Chelsea Sodaro (US); two-time Australian Olympian Ashleigh Gentle, who is now focusing on middle-distance. Add in Heather Jackson (US), Lauren Brandon (US), Skye Moench (US), Linsey Corbin (US), and Ruth Astle (GBR), and it really is the April Half World Championship.
On the men’s side it’s more likely to be one big group from which will emerge a victor. Will that winner be two-time Olympic gold medalist Alistair Brownlee? Or U.S. Olympian and two-time Oceanside winner Ben Kanute? Andy Potts is an Olympian too and won this race five times. (That’s a lot of times.) Canadian Lionel Sanders has had success here and American Jason West‘s time has come. Plus, there’s Sam Appleton (AUS), Rudy von Berg (US), Ben Hoffman (US), Jackson Laundry (CAN), Chris Leiferman (US), Cody Beals (CAN), Eric Lagerstrom (US), and Andreas Dreitz (GER). A battle at the beach.
Want an in-depth pro preview with play-by-play predictions? Check out our editors’ picks for the Oceanside podium and how it’ll go down.
How to Watch
70.3 Oceanside is the first event of the 11 Ironman 70.3 races, including the world championships, that will be aired on Outside Watch this year. It will be free to watch live on Outside Watch (globally) and on the Outside Watch app (for U.S. and Canada)—which will let you watch on AppleTV, Roku, and on most smart TVs. The live Outside Watch feed is also below for your convenience—showing the broadcast when it’s live. The race starts at 6:40 a.m. PT for the pros, with the broadcast beginning at 6 a.m. PT.
Outside Watch Live Feed: 70.3 Oceanside broadcast at 6 a.m. PT, April 2
After the broadcast is over, we’ll also have the finish line feed on Triathlete available here to watch your friends and family finish!
And come say hi to Triathlete staff (and pick up a copy of the magazine). We’ll be on site at the expo on Friday, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., with swag for our Outside+ and Triathlete members—and reasons you definitely want to become a member for everyone else.