Ironman St. George

It was announced yesterday that St. George, Utah will be the home of a new Ironman event with the first race being held on May 1, 2010. Why do we care about his at Utah Open Water? Because the first leg of the race is a 2.4 mile swim in the beautiful Sand Hollow Reservoir. Sand Hollow is a great venue for open water swimming with water temperatures in the low to mid 70's during late spring and early summer. It is the home of many other popular area triathlons including the SG Tri, Utah Summer Games Triathlon and Kokopelli.

From the Ironman St. George website:
“St. George is the ideal setting for our newest Ironman event,” said Steve Meckfessel, Chief Operations Officer for World Triathlon Corporation. “The community’s experience in hosting the popular St. George Marathon, the scenic landscape of surrounding Washington County and the proximity to core triathlon markets in the region will contribute to Ford Ironman St. George quickly becoming one of our most popular races.” The swim will be held at the Sand Hollow Reservoir, with athletes entering the water via the boat ramp for the one-loop swim. Following the swim, the bike course will lead athletes through the towns of Hurricane and Washington, before making its way toward the city of St. George. At the end of a picturesque, two-loop section, the bike course will offer views of Snow Canyon before heading into downtown. After entering transition in St. George’s historic Town Square, athletes will begin the two-loop marathon course that heads out for a climb toward Red Cliffs Desert Reserve. This challenging course will wind through Pioneer Park, neighborhoods along Diagonal Street, with a turnaround point located at Main and Tabernacle Streets. The race will finish alongside Heritage Tower with a backdrop of downtown St. George.

“Ironman is the world’s premier endurance event and we think it is perfectly suited for St. George. The determination and tenacity demonstrated by Ironman athletes resembles the fortitude of the early settlers in this area and the spirit our residents. The course highlights the striking scenery and contrasting landscapes. We are thrilled to offer athletes and fans an experience they are sure to remember,” stated Kevin Lewis, Sports & Events Director, St. George Area Convention and Tourism Office.
St. George is a unique venue for an Ironman event with beautiful changes in scenery and warm spring weather. With the growing popularity of triathlon in the region, I have no trouble believing that this is going to become a big event.

Now if they would only let those of us not ready to tackle the 112 mile bike ride and marathon run just enter the swimming portion of the race...

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