IRONMAN GRIT TAKES TO GREATER ZION + 4 UTAH TRIATHLETES TO WATCH
St. George, UT (April 26, 2022) — If there’s ever a time for Utahns to be Ironman fans, it’s right now. In a landmark first, the Ironman World Championships jumps from Kona, Hawaii to St. George, Utah on May 7.Thousands of international athletes — including four Utah triathletes — qualify to run 2.4 miles, bike 112 miles, then run a 26.2 miles marathon amidst the red rock landscape of Greater Zion.
Since the 1980s, Kailua-Kona has hosted this crown jewel of Ironman racing. But due to a series of pandemic postponements and rescheduling, St. George receives the high honor of hosting the 2021 Intermountain Healthcare Ironman World Championship (presented by Utah Sports Commission) this May before it returns to Kona for the 2022 Ironman World Championship in October.
St. George is no stranger to this endurance race series. The city hosts the Ironman 70.3 World Championship, also known as a half-Ironman, every October putting it in perfect positioning to host the rescheduled full-Ironman. In place of the Pacific Ocean and Queen Ka’ahumanu Highway, the Utah course will lead triathletes to Sand Hollow Reservoir, Sand Hollow State Park and Snow Canyon State Park.