Today, World Triathlon Corporation officially announces that St. George, Utah will serve as the host city for its newest Ironman event beginning in 2010. Taking place on May 1, 2010, the event will consist of a 2.4-mile swim, a 112-mile bike and 26.2-mile run. The inaugural Ford Ironman St. George will utilize a variety of Utah's scenery, to include Sand Hollow Reservoir, Snow Canyon and the Red Cliffs Desert Reserve. There will be 65 qualifying slots available to the 2010 Ford Ironman World Championship in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii in addition to a professional prize purse of $50,000 for distribution among the top male and female finishers. Registration for the event is now available online at www.ironmanstgeorge.com.
"St. George is the ideal setting for our newest Ironman event," said Steve Meckfessel, Chief Operations Officer for World Triathlon Corporation. "The community's experience in hosting the popular St. George Marathon, the scenic landscape of surrounding Washington County and the proximity to core triathlon markets in the region will contribute to Ford Ironman St. George quickly becoming one of our most popular races."
The swim will be held at the Sand Hollow Reservoir, with athletes entering the water via the boat ramp for the one-loop swim. Following the swim, the bike course will lead athletes through the towns of Hurricane and Washington, before making its way toward the city of St. George. At the end of a picturesque, two-loop section, the bike course will offer views of Snow Canyon before heading into downtown. After entering transition in St. George's historic Town Square, athletes will begin the two-loop marathon course that heads out for a climb toward Red Cliffs Desert Reserve. This challenging course will wind through Pioneer Park, neighborhoods along Diagonal Street, with a turnaround point located at Main and Tabernacle Streets. The race will finish alongside Heritage Tower with a backdrop of downtown St. George.
"Ironman is the world's premier endurance event and we think it is perfectly suited for St. George. The determination and tenacity demonstrated by Ironman athletes resembles the fortitude of the early settlers in this area and the spirit our residents. The course highlights the striking scenery and contrasting landscapes. We are thrilled to offer athletes and fans an experience they are sure to remember," stated Kevin Lewis, Sports & Events Director, St. George Area Convention and Tourism Office.
Less than two hours from Las Vegas. SWEET!!!
Who would have thunk that IM would be back in Utah after the '02 tragedy? Of course, Provo and St. George are pretty much on opposite ends of the state...
There's also a course overview on Slowtwitch (if the link doesn't work, it's currently the first story on the ST home page): http://www.slowtwitch.com/News/It_s_Ironman_St._George_728.html
If a 2010 IM was possible for me, this would be the one!
Utah in May? Sounds cold...
I thought so too, but the faqs are saying that the average daytime temp in that part of utah from april-june is mid70s to mid90s. So the water might be cool, but not the air?
I'd be intrigued except for the whole training during the DC winters thing.
Interesting. Bike course profile map shows a swing of 1500 feet in elevation - from 3000 feet to over 4500 feet.
http://www.utah.com/weather/st_george.htm says average high temps for April as 77 degrees and 86 degrees for may.