St. George triathlon to cut race course in half

Apr 28 2012 - 9:04am

ST. GEORGE -- Race organizers say they will make the 2013 Ironman triathlon in St. George easier to attract more athletes.

The Spectrum of St. George reports ( ) that organizers hope to nearly double the number of participants to 3,000 by cutting the triathlon course in half.

The World Triathlon Corp. has sponsored a St. George triathlon since 2010, and the next one is set for May 5.

The full-length Ironman race gives people 17 hours to complete.

Officials say it's just too much for most people -- a 2.4-mile swim at Sand Hollow Reservoir in Hurricane, a 112-mile bicycle course mostly northwest of Ivins plus a 26.2-mile marathon run starting and finishing in St. George.

Next year's shorter Ironman will consist of a 1.2-mile swim, a 56-mile bike ride and a 13-mile run.


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