Ironman 70.3 St. George selected as new U.S. Pro Championship for 2013

Bikers at Snow Canyon State Park traverse the new Ironman 70.3 St. George bike course along Snow Canyon Drive. | Photo courtesy of Ironman 70.3 St. George

TAMPA, Fla. – World Triathlon Corporation today announced that IRONMAN 70.3 St. George has been designated as the official IRONMAN 70.3 U.S. Pro Championship in 2013 and 2014.  The race, scheduled for Saturday, May 4, 2013, shifts the pro championship from early April in Galveston, Texas, to St. George in southwest Utah.

“St. George is one of the most scenic and challenging venues on the IRONMAN 70.3 circuit,” said WTC’s Steve Meckfessel, Managing Director of Global Race Operations. “In addition to unmatched community support and a picturesque course, St. George is the ideal location for the IRONMAN 70.3 U.S. Pro Championship as many top pro athletes will race the IRONMAN World Championship 70.3 later in the season on a very similar course.”

The IRONMAN 70.3 St. George course encompasses the scenic backdrop and rolling hills of southwest Utah.  The 1.2-mile, one-loop swim takes place in Sand Hollow Reservoir followed by a demanding 56-mile bike that includes a four-mile climb through Snow Canyon State Park.  The 13.1-mile, one-loop run wraps up with a spectacular finish in downtown St. George.

“I couldn’t be more excited about the new IRONMAN 70.3 St. George course being the site for the 2013 U.S. Pro Championship,” said Heather Wurtele, professional triathlete and two-time IRONMAN St. George champion. “It is a course truly worthy of a championship event that will offer a stunning and challenging terrain as the proving ground for the top triathletes in the sport. The course, coupled with an incredibly welcoming community full of enthusiastic volunteers, makes this race a must do for 2013 and my husband and I can’t wait to compete.”

“We are excited 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.  “It provides us with the opportunity to showcase Utah’s beautiful red rock landscape to thousands of visitors and have them experience the friendly hosting efforts of the St. George community.”

IRONMAN 70.3 St. George is one of five regional IRONMAN 70.3 championship races in the world.  Other host cities include Auckland, New Zealand; Mandurah, Australia; Panama City, Panama; and Wiesbaden, Germany.  The event is a P-1500 race, offering professional athletes a prize purse of $75,000.  The race will also offer 75 age-group qualifying slots for the 2013 IRONMAN World Championship 70.3.

“It’s an honor to be associated with the top IRONMAN 70.3 destinations in the world,” said Kevin Lewis, Director of Sports Marketing for the St. George Tourism Office. “The St. George terrain provides a challenging and honest course that brings out the very best in competitors. We are thrilled to host the top pros and the incredible age group athletes who will participate alongside them.”

Registration for IRONMAN 70.3 St. George is open at www.ironmanstgeorge.com.  For more information on the IRONMAN 70.3 brand and global event series, visit www.ironman.com. Athlete inquiries may be directed to stgeorge@ironman.com. Media may contact media70.3@ironman.com. For local media inquiries, please contact Kevin Lewis at Kevin@AtoZion.com or 435-986-6615. Updated course imagery is available upon request

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6 Comments

  • Kelli August 10, 2012 at 12:44 pm

    Awesome! I always love watching the Ironman and can’t wait until next year. I might even look into volunteering…

  • Murat August 10, 2012 at 1:05 pm

    Even the champions in this race are mere weaklings. They would all puke from just seeing what’s required of TITANIUM MAN.

    • Dghws August 10, 2012 at 8:04 pm

      Great to see such a venue coming to St. George. Congratulations to those responsible for representing St. George in such a way as to gain the attention of the World Triathlon Corporation. Murat, calling you out to man up and do something nice…volunteer for this event. The service will do you good and might even touch your heart as to how much mental and physical strength it actually takes to complete one of these.

      • Murat August 11, 2012 at 1:15 pm

        Everyone who works for free at this event run by a for-profit corporation is an idiot. I’m no fool.

        • Dghws August 11, 2012 at 8:41 pm

          Fool is as fool does, your record and comments speak loudly enough. Still calling you out to do something for someone else and get involved in your community by doing some service. Volunteer to help out and you might learn a thing or too.

          • Murat August 13, 2012 at 2:39 pm

            You might be a moron who would volunteer for a for-profit corporation, but I know better.

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