Less Than a Week Until the Champions Return to
IRONMAN 70.3 St. George
North American Pro Championship
St. George, Utah (April 27, 2015) – St. George is preparing to welcome some of the world’s most famous triathletes along with thousands of amateur athletes for the 2015 IRONMAN 70.3 St. George North American Pro Championship.
The May 2nd race marks the sixth consecutive year that St. George has hosted an IRONMAN triathlon. This year the event has received an elevated designation as the new championship qualifier for all of North America.
“The new championship status means we’ll continue to see top professionals coming to St. George,” said Roxie Sherwin, director of the St. George Tourism Office. “The rivalry among athletes fuels competition gives spectators an exciting race to watch.”
Nearly 3,000 athletes are registered to compete in St. George for 30 qualifying slots for the 2015 IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship in Austria. As part of the new championship status, the St. George race’s prize purse has increased to $100,000—which will be distributed among the top 10 male and female finishers.
St. George is one of only four regional IRONMAN 70.3 Championship destinations in the world. The course has quickly become an athlete favorite because of its intense topography, unmatched scenery and helpful volunteers.
“St. George thrives as an IRONMAN 70.3 destination because the athletes love the challenge,” said Kevin Lewis, director of sports marketing for the St. George Tourism Office. “It’s a tough course for even the best athletes, especially this early in the season.”
The impressive field of professional athletes registered for this year’s IRONMAN 70.3 St. George includes a long list of IRONMAN champions. Both the male, Sebastian Kienle, and female, Mirinda Carfrae, champions of the 2014 IRONMAN World Championship will compete in St. George.
Other notable pros gearing up for the race include former St. George champions Ben Hoffman, Meredith Kessler, Brent McMahon and Heather Wurtele. In all, nearly 70 professional triathletes will battle for first place along the brutal yet beautiful course through southern Utah’s red rock desert.
This year’s St. George IRONMAN 70.3 promises to offer the best in athleticism and competition with participants representing 23 countries and 40 states. The oldest competitor is 76 years old; the youngest is 18.
The course offers spectators and athletes unrivaled vistas and variety as they make their way through a 1.2-mile swim at Sand Hollow State Park, a 56-mile bike ride through Snow Canyon State Park and a 13.1-mile run that ends at Town Square Park in the downtown historic district.
About St. George: St. George offers “everything from A to Zion” for families and adventure seekers. The celebrated area offers easy access to Zion National Park and several dedicated wilderness and recreation areas for hiking, climbing, cycling and trail running. A stroll through the city’s picturesque downtown provides boutique shopping and eclectic dining. For those seeking the neon lights, Las Vegas is only a 90-minute drive away. To easily plan your visit, use our interactive planner: www.mytrip.visitstgeorge.com