ST. GEORGE, Utah – May 2, 2013 – The World Triathlon Corporation (WTC) will host the IRONMAN 70.3 St. George U.S. Pro Championship on May 4. For the first time, the race held in southwest Utah has been designated as the official IRONMAN 70.3 U.S. Pro Championship. It is one of five top 70.3 championship destinations internationally. More than 90 pros, world champions and Olympic athletes will participate.
In 2013, the St. George IRONMAN race was converted from a full distance into a 70.3. The IRONMAN U.S. Pro Championship is one of five regional races including Australia, New Zealand (Asian-Pacific), Panama (South American) and Germany (Europe).
“It is great for the state of Utah to continue our partnership with WTC as we host the IRONMAN 70.3 U.S. Pro Championship,” said Jeff Robbins, president & CEO of the Utah Sports Commission. “This event provides us with the opportunity to showcase Utah’s beautiful red rock landscape through the event’s significant media exposure, and will bring an estimated $8-10 million into the St. George community.”
The race will consist of a 1.2-mile swim, 56-mile bike and 13.1-mile run. Known for its breathtaking course, the IRONMAN U.S. Pro Championship incorporates many of the same features as last year????????s full-distance event. Participants will swim one-loop in the Sand Hollow Reservoir. The elite athletes will then ride around the Sand Hollow Reservoir, and through the towns of Hurricane, Washington and St. George including a four-mile climb through scenic Snow Canyon State Park. The final leg is a run with challenging hills up Red Hills Parkway, through Red Cliff Desert Reserve and finishing at Town Square. Additional course and schedule information may be found here: http://www.ironman.com/events.
More than 90 world champions, Olympians and top pros will travel to St. George to compete. Athletes will battle for a professional prize purse of $15,000 and 75 qualifying slots for the IRONMAN 70.3 World Championships at Lake Las Vegas in Henderson Nev. Among those competing are: The reigning 2012 IRONMAN and IRONMAN 70.3 World Champion Leanda Cave; 2012 IRONMAN 70.3 World Champion Sebastian Kienle; Two-time XTERRA World Champion Lesley Paterson; 2012 Olympic Silver Medalist Lisa Norden; Olympian and currently ranked number-one American triathlete Laura Bennett; Olympian and Six-time World Cup Champion Greg Bennett; Olympian and 2007 IRONMAN 70.3 Champion Olympian Andrew Post; Three-time Olympian Ivan Rana; 2009 and 2010 IRONMAN 70.3 Champion Michael Raelert.
The 70.3 is the fastest growing IRONMAN series, and the U.S. Pro Championship race is sold out. More than 45 states and 22 different countries will be represented on May 4 including Great Britain, USA, Australia, Germany, New Zealand, Spain, Portugal, Switzerland, Canada, Czech Republic, Chile, Russia, Belgium, Netherlands, Denmark, Sweden and South Africa. IRONMAN 70.3 St. George is also a Regional IRONMAN TriClub Championship race.
The IRONMAN 70.3 Pro Championship was previously held in Galveston Texas in early April. The St. George area was awarded the honor of hosting the 70.3 Championships in 2013 and 2014.
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