Today, Ironman announced changes to Ironman St. George. Starting in 2013, the event will be converted to an Ironman 70.3.
“We have listened to our athletes, and they’ve told us that while they love St. George – the people, the community and surrounding – St. George does not work for them as an early season Ironman.” said Andrew Messick, CEO of Ironman.
“Our belief is that St. George will flourish as a 70.3 and we are pleased that we are continuing our relationship with St. George and with the state of Utah.”
The swim course will follow a shorter loop through Sand Hollow Reservoir, the bike route will lead athletes along Red Hills Parkway through the brilliant scenery of Snow Canyon State Park, and the half marathon will take participants up Red Hills Parkway and back. The finish line will still be located at Town Square.
“We welcome this new race as a continuation of the momentum we’ve started with Ironman St. George,” said Kevin Lewis, Director of Sports Marketing with the Convention & Tourism office. “We estimate the economic impact to our community will be similar to that of the full distance Ironman, while the cost of hosting and the need for road closures and necessary services is reduced.”
One of nearly 60 Ironman 70.3 events worldwide, Ironman 70.3 St George is set to take place on May 4th 2013. Athletes will be competing for a professional prize purse of $15,000 and 75 age group qualifying slots for the 2013 Ironman World Championship 70.3 scheduled for September in Lake Las Vegas in Henderson, Nev.
For more information on Ironman 70.3, visit http://ironman.com
For maps & other Ironman 70.3 St. George information, visit http://www.atozion.com/ironmanstgeorge