The race wasn’t all sand and tumbleweed. The competition backdrop included Sand Hollow Reservoir, Snow Canyon and the Red Cliffs Desert Reserve.
Here was the breakdown of where they’d be racing:
The swim will be held at 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.
The Ironman was extremely competitive despite high winds, which started just after the swim start. It was a difficult race for both professional and age group athletes.
The race was won by Ben Hoffman who led off the bike portion of the race and ran a solid 3:01 marathon to get across the line with a comfortable 18-minute buffer over second place. For those of you keeping track, that’s an average of 6:54 miles for a marathon after swimming 2.4 miles, and biking 118 miles.