Messick, Chief Executive Officer of Ironman said, “We’ve listened to our athletes and they’ve told us that while they love St. George - the people, the community and surroundings - St. George does not work for them as a full-distance Ironman. Our belief is that St. George will flourish as a 70.3 and we are pleased that we are continuing our relationship with City of 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 remain located at Town Square.
Kevin Lewis, Director of Sports Marketing with the St. George Convention and Tourism Office said, “We welcome this new race as a continuation of the momentum we’ve started with Ironman St. George. We estimate that the economic impact to our community will be similar to that of a 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 Saturday, May 4, 2013. Athletes will compete 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 at Lake Las Vegas in Henderson, Nev.
For more information on Ironman 70.3, go to www.ironman.com. Maps and other Ironman 70.3 St. George event information will be available starting June 1 at www.ironmanstgeorge.com.