Competitors prepare to hit the water at the start of the Women’s Ironman 70.3 World Championship, Hurricane, Utah, October 28, 2022 at Sand Hollow Reservoir | Screenshot courtesy of Ironman via Outside Live, St. George News
ST. GEORGE – The Women’s Ironman 70.3 World Championship race is now underway, with the first triathletes just entering the water at Sand Hollow Reservoir.
With the water temperature a chilly 65 degrees just before the start, the first wave of competitors started their 1.2 mile swim at 7:30am. After leaving the water, they’ll walk up the boat ramp and to the transition area where they’ll swap their wetsuits for bikes and begin the 56-mile twisting second stage that will take them from Hurricane to downtown St. George.
After the athletes dismount their bikes on Tabernacle Street, the third and final leg will be a 13.1-mile run, returning to the finish line on Main Street between Tabernacle and 100 South.
The top pro athletes are expected to start crossing the finish line just after 11:30am and St. George News is here to provide you with live updates along the way which you can find here.
About the Ironman 70.3 World Championship in St. George
This is the second year in a row that St. George is hosting the Ironman 70.3 World Championship, having already hosted it last September. At this event, the men’s and women’s races were held simultaneously, with Gustav Iden of Norway and Lucy Charles-Barclay of Great Britain emerging as respective overall winners.
This year, races will be separated by gender, with women starting on Friday and men on Saturday. According to the race organizers, around 6,811 athletes from more than 100 countries are registered for the competition. Of these, about a third, or about 2,200, are women.
St. George also hosted a full-distance (140.6-mile) Ironman race in May this year. This event was technically considered the 2021 Ironman World Championships despite being held in 2022. Postponed and rescheduled due to COVID-19 concerns, it marked the first time the annual event has been held outside of its traditional home in Kona, Hawaii. Daniela Ryf from Switzerland won the women’s race and Kristian Blummenfelt from Norway won the men’s race.
Kona resumed its historic role as host of the Ironman World Championship earlier this month, hosting the 2022 event on October 6th. Iden won the men’s race while Chelsea Sodaro of California was the women’s winner while Charles-Barclay was second.
Both Sodaro and Charles-Barclay are among the top pros lined up for Friday’s race in St. George. Some other competitors include previous winners of both the full Ironman and 70.3 events:
The Veterans will be in full force this week. 10 of our female pros have been on an IRONMAN 70.3 podium 10 or more times…. 🤯
— IRONMAN Triathlon (@IRONMANtri) October 27, 2022
Visit St. George News for regular updates throughout the race, with a story recap and other highlights to follow.
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