ST. GEORGE – Registration for Ironman 70.3 St. George opened at 2 p.m., Wednesday, June 6.
After three years as a full-distance event, the newly announced Ironman 70.3 St. George will serve as a great lead-up race to the Ironman World Championship 70.3 in Lake Las Vegas, Nev., thanks to its similar course profile and 75 qualifying spots.
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“Like the full-distance race, the 70.3 course takes advantage of the terrain features of this beautiful place, including an brilliant climb right through the incredible scenery of Snow Canyon State Park,” said Kevin Lewis, director of sports marketing with the St. George Convention and Tourism Office. “The course profile and conditions are almost identical to the Ironman World Championship 70.3 course, and the community support for the event is second to none. I think it is going to be one of the true highlights for the Ironman brand and athletes are going to love it.”
Considered one of the most breathtaking courses on the Ironman circuit, the new Ironman 70.3 race will utilize many of the same features seen in the full-distance event.
The 1.2 mile, one loop swim takes place in beautiful Sand Hollow Reservoir. That will be followed by a truly spectacular bike course that won’t offer as much climbing as the old Ironman course, but now includes a four-mile climb through the scenic Snow Canyon. The run course will include one loop of the original Ironman St. George course, including a number of challenging hills.
Ironman 70.3 St. George will continue as a destination event for families thanks to the amazing tourist opportunities the area provides. Offering everything “from A to Zion,” St. George is a hiking, climbing, mountain biking, trail running and cycling paradise.
The welcoming community has been lauded by Ironman athletes. The majority of the respondents – 99 percent – in a post-race athlete survey gave St. George the highest possible rating, saying it was a “great place with friendly people,” while 86 percents considered the race to be “fabulous.” Three out of four of the athletes who have competed at the event say they’ll return for a vacation, while more than half said they’ll be back to train in the area.
Changing an Ironman course to a 70.3 event is not unprecedented in Ironman history. Ironman California became Ironman 70.3 California in 2002 and has become one of the most popular races in the world.
With 75 qualifying spots for the 2013 IRONMAN World Championship 70.3, the race in St. George offers both a chance to qualify and to prepare for the event in Lake Las Vegas in September.
Registration for the 2013 Ironman 70.3 St. George opened at 2 p.m., Wednesday June 6. An “early-bird” special rate of $199 will be available for the first week of registration. For more event information, including FAQ’s, registration details, and course maps, please visit: www.ironmanstgeorge.com.