Stage is set for the world’s best to meet in Southwestern Utah as pro start lists unveiled.

St. George, UT (September 3, 2021) — Following a COVID-induced hiatus in 2020, more than 3,000 professional and age-group athletes from over 80 countries, regions, and territories will descend upon stunning Southwestern Utah on Saturday, Sept. 18 for the 2021 Intermountain Healthcare IRONMAN® 70.3® World Championship presented by the Utah Sports Commission. Among them will be over 100 of the world’s top professional triathletes who will battle for a piece of the $350,000 USD total professional prize purse and the title of IRONMAN 70.3 World Champion.

“After a long wait, we are thrilled to again host a world championship race for our top competitors with this stunning Southwestern destination of St. George, Utah,” said Andrew Messick, President & Chief Executive Officer for The IRONMAN Group. “We have a truly world-class field of professional athletes coming to compete which promises to provide an exciting race day.”

Professional Women’s Field

Since the first IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship was held in 2006 the women’s race has seen 10 different champions from five different countries. Swiss Daniela Ryf has won an event-best five times, and is coming off an undefeated season, including a win in St. George at the IRONMAN 70.3 North American Championship earlier this year. Together with Mirinda Carfrae (AUS) and Leanda Cave (GBR), Ryf also holds the distinction of having won both the IRONMAN World Championship® and the IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship.

Aiming to dethrone Ryf will be a stellar group of professional female triathletes, including Lucy Charles-Barclay (GBR), who is coming off a recent win at 2021 IRONMAN 70.3 European Championship Elsinore. Charles-Barclay edged out Holly Lawrence (GBR) in that event, who as the 2016 IRONMAN 70.3 World Champion and multiple-time IRONMAN 70.3 winner will also be aiming for the top podium spot in St. George. Additional global competition will come from Paula Findlay (CAN), Taylor Knibb (USA), Kat Matthews (GBR), Skye Moench (USA), Emma Pallant-Browne (GBR), and Ellie Salthouse (AUS), each of whom continue to impress on the IRONMAN and IRONMAN 70.3 circuits.

Below is the pro women’s start list for the 2021 Intermountain Healthcare IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship presented by Utah Sports Commission:

BIB LAST FIRST COUNTRY
101 Ryf Daniela CHE
102 Lawrence Holly GBR
103 Simmonds Imogen CHE
104 Sodaro Chelsea USA
105 Charles-Barclay Lucy GBR
106 Pallant-Browne Emma GBR
107 Svensk Sara SWE
109 Matthews Katrina GBR
110 Findlay Paula CAN
111 Lester Carrie AUS
112 Moench Skye USA
113 Metzler Jeanni ZAF
114 Hering Jackie USA
115 Salthouse Ellie AUS
116 Norden Lisa SWE
117 Bartlett Nikki GBR
119 Kessler Meredith USA
120 Hall Lucy GBR
121 Smith Lesley USA
122 Piampiano Sarah USA
123 McCauley Jocelyn USA
124 Oliveira Pamella BRA
126 Lee India GBR
127 Thek Grace AUS
128 Stage-Nielsen Maja DNK
129 Becharas Lisa USA
130 Reischmann Anne DEU
131 Jewett Tamara CAN
132 Lane Chloe AUS
133 Mathieux Justine FRA
134 Lewis Danielle USA
136 Iemmolo Julie FRA
137 Knibb Taylor USA
138 Withrow Kelsey USA
139 Best-Pohl Anna-Lena DEU
140 Krüger Katharina DEU
141 Laine Kinsey USA
142 Sheedy-Ryan Felicity AUS
143 Thams Line DNK
144 Alexander Grace USA
145 Pesch Maddy USA
146 Luethi Diane CHE
147 Mensch Rachel USA
148 Wendorff Amanda USA
149 Goodell Kimberly USA
150 Fletcher Jenny CAN

 

Professional Men’s Field

On the men’s side, a star-studded field of professional talent will come together aiming to create history in St. George. With no clear frontrunner, a few of the dominant competitors that could take a shot for a podium spot include the defending IRONMAN 70.3 World Champion from 2019 in Nice, France, Gustav Iden (NOR); Kristian Blummenfelt (NOR), who has momentum coming into St. George following his recent Tokyo 2020 Olympic Triathlon win; and Lionel Sanders (CAN), who won the IRONMAN 70.3 North American Championship in St. George earlier this year and has over 20 IRONMAN 70.3 wins to his name. Also in contention are Alistair Brownlee (GBR), the 2012 and 2016 Olympic Triathlon Gold Medalist as well as Javier Gomez (ESP), the 2017 IRONMAN 70.3 World Champion and 2018 IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship third place podium finisher. Finally, American’s Ben Kanute (USA) and Sam Long (USA) look to claim home nation victories. Kanute has multiple IRONMAN 70.3 wins and podium finishes in recent years and a second-place finish at the 2017 IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship, the last time the event was held on US soil. Sam Long comes in on the top of his game having won the 2021 IRONMAN Coeur d’Alene triathlon and the 2021 IRONMAN 70.3 Boulder triathlon.

Below is the pro men’s start list for the 2021 Intermountain Healthcare IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship presented by Utah Sports Commission:

BIB LAST FIRST COUNTRY
1 Iden Gustav NOR
2 Brownlee Alistair GBR
3 Von Berg Rudy USA
4 Blummenfelt Kristian NOR
5 Gomez Javier ESP
6 Appleton Sam AUS
7 Weiss Bradley ZAF
8 Kanute Ben USA
9 Sanders Lionel CAN
10 Reed Tim AUS
11 Raelert Michael DEU
12 Long Sam USA
14 Hanson Matthew USA
15 Bækkegård Daniel DNK
16 Leiferman Chris USA
17 Goodwin George GBR
18 Ditlev Magnus DNK
19 Neumann Max AUS
20 Dreitz Andreas DEU
21 Funk Frederic DEU
22 Angert Florian DEU
23 Laundry Jackson CAN
24 Smith Kyle NZL
26 Azevedo Filipe PRT
27 Stratmann Jan DEU
28 Clavel Maurice DEU
30 Chartier Collin USA
31 Gambles Joe AUS
32 Mignon Clement FRA
33 West Jason USA
34 Costes Antony FRA
35 Ruttmann Paul AUT
36 Mendez Cruz Mauricio MEX
37 Herbst Marcus DEU
38 Taagholt Miki DNK
39 Jarrige Yvan FRA
40 Teagle James GBR
41 Smales Elliot GBR
42 Reid Taylor CAN
43 Frommhold Nils DEU
44 Barnaby Gregory ITA
45 Chase Nicholas USA
46 Deckard Robbie USA
47 Kallin Robert SWE
49 Lagerstrom Eric USA
50 Amorelli Igor BRA
51 Ulloa Martin CHL
52 Toldi Fernando BRA
53 Rana Ivan ESP
54 Rea Tim AUS
55 Noodt Mika DEU
56 Smith Brennen CAN
57 Le Berre Yohan FRA
58 Faldum Gabor HUN
59 Magnien Dylan FRA
61 Andrie Marty USA
62 Royle Aaron AUS
63 Rodriguez Hernandez Tomas MEX
64 Metzler Justin USA
65 Butterfield Tyler BMU

 

The 2021 Intermountain Healthcare IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship presented by Utah Sports Commission will kick off with a 1.2-mile (1.9km) ROKA Swim Course, which takes place in Sand Hollow Reservoir located in Sand Hollow State Park in Hurricane, Utah. Next, a challenging 56-mile (91.3km) Ventum Bike Course will lead athletes through stunning desert landscapes with 3,442 feet (1,049 meters) of elevation gain and an unforgettable climb into Snow Canyon State Park and surrounding Washington County. The 13.1-mile (21.2km) HOKA ONE Run Course will take athletes on two loops through the stunning Red Hills Parkway and wind through historic downtown St. George where the finish line is located.

Since 2014, the IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship has been rotating among premier cities around the globe following its early years in Clearwater, Fla., USA (2006-2010) and Henderson, Nev., USA (2011-2013). The IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship has included picturesque locations like Mont-Tremblant, Quebec, Canada (2014); Zell am See, Austria (2015); Queensland, Australia (2016); Chattanooga, Tenn., USA (2017); Nelson Mandela Bay, South Africa (2018) and Nice, France (2019). Following the cancellation of the 2020 edition, St. George, Utah, USA will play host to the event in 2021 and 2022. In 2023, the event returns to Europe with Lahti, Finland hosting.

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