Ironman 70.3 St. George events guide, traffic impacts, course maps

ST. GEORGE – Southern Utah is once again providing the stunning backdrop and challenging course for the Ironman 70.3 North American Pro Championship St. George that triathletes of many levels from novice to professional will swim, bike and run Saturday.

With a production of this size and caliber come many fun and exciting events as well as traffic impacts on the communities. Whether you are a fan of the event or just need to get from one place to the other, we have compiled a race week guide to help you navigate your way around town and identify events to enjoy and participate in.

Events

  • Snow Canyon State Park in Ivins has waived the entrance fee for cyclists during the week leading up to the Ironman 70.3 St. George; you do not need to be a participating athlete, this is for all cyclists
  • Rapid Cycling, 705 N. Bluff St. in St. George, will have a tent sale Wednesday-Saturday with sales on bikes, clothes, shoes and accessories just in time to catch the spirit of Ironman
  • The Ironman Village located at St. George Town Square, 50 S. Main St., will officially open Thursday at 2 p.m. with vendors, athlete check-in, Ironkids St. George Fun Run registration, professional athlete panel and more activities; see full Ironman Village and event schedule here
  • IBB Cyclery and Multisport, 185 E. Center Street in Ivins, will host a pro bike roundup featuring professional Ironman triathletes as they showcase their bikes Thursday from 5:45-7:30 p.m.
  • “Iron George” Streetfest with free bike valet, entertainment and more will take place from Ancestor Square, 2 W. St. George Blvd., down Main Street to Tabernacle Street Friday from 6-11 p.m.
  • The Ironkids St. George Fun Run will take place on Friday at St. George Town Square at 6:30 p.m. (register in Ironman Village – see above)
  • Official race start is 7 a.m. Saturday at Sand Hollow State Park, 3351 S. Sand Hollow Road, Hurricane
  • Washington City is hosting a free Ironman Pancake Breakfast from 8-10 a.m. Saturday at the corner of Main Street and Buena Vista Street, see map for directions
  • Awards ceremony and Ironman 70.3 World Championship slot allocation will take place Saturday at 4 p.m. in St. George Town Square
  • The volunteer banquet and celebration will take place Saturday at 6 p.m. in St. George Town Square

Traffic impacts

  • For detailed road closure information click here

Suggested detours

Washington City detours

  • If possible avoid Telegraph Street, Washington Parkway, Buena Vista Boulevard and Green Springs Drive until noon
  • State Route 9 access from Telegraph Street – use Interstate 15 access at Exit 10. I-15 Exit 13 will be closed – use Exit 10

St. George detours

  • Red Cliffs Parkway – use 700 South
  • St. George Boulevard westbound – use 700 South
  • St. George Boulevard eastbound – use Bluff Street to 700 South to 400 East

Sand Hollow State Park, Sand Hollow Resort, Green Springs Area

  • These areas will have access during the event via the Southern Parkway from Washington Dam Road

Ivins detours

  • For residents off of Snow Canyon Drive or Tuacahn Drive – use Citadel Drive to Painted Hills Drive
  • For residents north of Center Street between 200 East and 400 West – exit via 400 West

State Route 18 northbound

  • Use Sunset Boulevard to Dixie Downs Drive to 1800 North to Tuweap to Snow Canyon Parkway to SR-18

SR-18 southbound

  • Use Snow Canyon Parkway to Tuweap Drive to 1800 North to Dixie Downs Drive to Sunset Boulevard to Bluff Street

Snow Canyon Parkway eastbound

  • Use Tuweap Drive to 1800 North to Dixie Downs Drive

Snow Canyon Parkway westbound

  • Use Tuweap Drive to Snow Canyon Parkway

Winchester Hills – Ledges

  • Ledges southbound on- and off-ramp closed. Use 5745 North. Follow the pilot car

Race day parking/spectator information

  • Parking will be limited at Sand Hollow Reservoir for race start – athletes are encouraged to use busses
  • Spectators will have access to the swim start via state Route 9 and state Route 7 (Southern Parkway). Access from SR-9 will be closed from 7-11 a.m.  SR-7 will remain open and can be accessed in Washington City from 300 East and Washington Dam Road
  • Spectator parking at Sand Hollow will be located at 3150 South on Sand Hollow Road. Shuttle busses will take spectators in and out of the park
  • Spectators who wish to view the bike-to-run transition and the finish line at Town Square should park on the surface streets throughout downtown. All red zone and handicapped areas will be enforced

Course Maps

The Ironman 70.3 St. George course winds its way through a 1.2-mile swim at Sand Hollow State Park, a 56-mile bike ride through Snow Canyon State Park, and a 13.1-mile run that ends at Town Square Park in the downtown historic district of St. George.

Ironman has made a few changes to the bike course for 2016. Based on feedback from the athletes and local road projects, the course has eliminated the out and back section on Highland Parkway in Washington City and the technical and slow section through the park and softball fields in St. George.

To make up for the distance, the course will now travel further into Ivins on Center Street and then make a U-turn and head toward Snow Canyon State Park for the signature climb.

“We are always looking for ways to improve our races and the athlete and spectator experience. The course changes were mainly made to improve athlete safety and the safety of the motoring public. These changes will ideally streamline and reduce impacts for the community as well,” said Ironman 70.3 race director Dave Reid.

Below in maps is each section of the course:

Swim course Map

Swim course for Ironman 70.3 St. George | Image courtesy Ironman 70.3 St. George, St. George Utah
Swim course for Ironman 70.3 St. George | Image courtesy Ironman 70.3 St. George, St. George Utah

Bike course map

Bike course for Ironman 70.3 St. George | Image courtesy Ironman 70.3 St. George, St. George Utah
Bike course for Ironman 70.3 St. George | Image courtesy Ironman 70.3 St. George, St. George Utah

Run course map

Run course for Ironman 70.3 St. George | Image courtesy Ironman 70.3 St. George, St. George Utah
Run course for Ironman 70.3 St. George | Image courtesy Ironman 70.3 St. George, St. George Utah

Resources

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2 Comments

  • .... May 4, 2016 at 3:39 pm

    I love it when the Ironman gets here because I get to listen to all the whiners cry and moan about having to use a street 2 blocks away from their house instead of the regular street they use. ..
    and then there are the old timers at the grocery stores standing in line complaining about people coming into ( their ) town and upsetting the natural flow of things. LOL !
    and then my favorite whiners. crying and whining and saying. notice how the Ironman route never goes down the street where the city council members live LOL !

  • ladybugavenger May 4, 2016 at 10:29 pm

    I think I’ll train to compete next year. And that’s all I will do is think… Block my street! It gives me an excuse to sleep in ?

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