Volunteers needed for Ironman 70.3 St. George

This composite photo shows the three disciplines of the Ironman 70.3 St. George, St. George, Utah, date not specified | Photo courtesy of Ironman 70.3 St. George, St. George News

ST. GEORGE — Ironman 70.3 St. George is seeking volunteers to help with various duties throughout the race set to take place May 7.

A volunteer applies sunscreen to an Ironman competitor at T1, the transition from the swim to bike course, on May 7, 2011, at Sand Hollow State Park. | Photo courtesy of St. George Iron Man.
This 2011 file photo shows a volunteer applying sunscreen to an Ironman competitor at T1, the transition from the swim to bike course. Sand Hollow State Park, Hurricane, Utah, May 7, 2011 | Photo courtesy of Ironman St. George, St. George News

With thousands of triathletes, both professional and amateur, participating the volunteer support required to accommodate them is significant. Several hundred additional volunteers are needed to help with the execution of the event.

“For some, it’s the culmination of a life’s dream to be in the Ironman,” said longtime Volunteer Coordinator Colby Neilson. “As a volunteer, helping make someone’s goal possible really gives you a feeling of fulfillment.”

For the seventh consecutive year, St. George will host the triathletes. All told, there are expected to be 2,500 athletes. The ways community members can support them are abundant.

Neilson said that in addition to manning aid stations, volunteer opportunities include being course pointers at various intersections, taking off athletes’ wet suits following the swimming portion, transferring gear bags and helping with registration.

Anyone interested in volunteering can sign up online. Volunteers receive a T-shirt and are invited to a volunteer banquet after the race that will be held at 6 p.m. near the finish line at the city’s Town Square Park.

Wearing bib 1371, Ray Buttars, USA.
This 2015 file photo shows volunteers spraying Ray Buttars, Bib 1371, of the USA near the transition point for cycling and running in the Ironman 70.3 St. George. Town Square Park, St. George, Utah, May 2, 2015 | Photo by Dave Amodt, St. George News

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