ST. GEORGE — The Ironman 70.3 World Championship triathlon kicks off bright and early Saturday morning, with professional racers entering the waters at Sand Hollow Reservoir for a 1.2-mile out-and-back open mile swim.
The men’s class will dive into the water at 7 a.m. and the women’s class will start right behind at 7:10 a.m.
After that the world’s best triathletes will jump onto their bicycles for a 56-mile ride winding from Sand Hollow to Hurricane to St. George.
Then the racers will put on their running shoes for the 13.1-mile half-marathon, traveling up and over Red Hills Parkway and back through downtown St. George to the finish line at Main Street in front of Town Square Park.
Racers are expected to start hitting the finish line sometime around 11 a.m., and St. George News is here to have you covered along the way with live updates you can find here.
Update Sept. 18 9:20 a.m. Gustav Iden (bib 1) has overtaken Funk for the men’s lead. They and other top male pros should be arriving in the transition zone on Tabernacle Street within the next 20 minutes.
Update Sept. 18, 8:30 a.m. We are at the 90 minute mark since the start of the pro men’s swim, which began at 7 a.m. with the pro women following at 7:10. All of the pros have completed the swim and are now well into the second leg. The first group of bikes is currently reportedly on Red Hills Parkway. Frederic Funk (bib 21) of Germany is in the pro men’s lead, while Lucy Charles-Barclay (bib 105) of Great Britain is leading the pro women.
Update Sept. 18 10:15 a.m. A thunderstorm swept into downtown St George as the pro women were still entering the transition zone on Tabernacle Street. Many spectators and volunteers are seeking cover as the top athletes embark on the third and final leg, a 13.1 mile run. Men’s pro leader is Gustav Iden of Norway (bib 1) and pro women’s leader is Lucy Charles-Barclay of Great Britain (bib 105)
Update Sept. 18 11:15 a.m. Gustav Iden of Norway has won the 2021 Ironman 70.3 championship in Southern Utah with a time of 3:37:13. Top women’s finisher is Lucy Charles-Barclays of Great Britain. Sam Long of the USA and Daniel Baekkegard of Denmark placed second and third, respectively, in the men’s division. Jeanni Metzler of South Africa and Taylor Knibb of the USA placed second and third, respectively, in the women’s division.
For a primer on Saturday’s race with information on the race itself, road closures and spectator options, click here.
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