IRONMAN North American Championship 2020 Update
Last Updated – Monday, August 10, 2020
IRONMAN North American Championship 2020 Update After postponing the IRONMAN North American Championship St. George last spring due to complications surrounding COVID 19, we have been passionately working to facilitate the safe return of the race on September 19, 2020. In typical fashion, we have had unparalleled local support for achieving the event. Unfortunately, based on continuing conversations with local authorities, including medical, health and safety leaders, IRONMAN has determined it is in the best interest of the athletes and local communities to forgo the 2020 IRONMAN North American Championship St. George. The IRONMAN commitment to the success of the sport is stronger than ever and our partnership with IRONMAN remains strong as well.
The IRONMAN agreement we signed last May will simply be advanced forward one year. St. George will host 6 events from 2021 – 2025. These races will include the IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship in 2021, IRONMAN North American Championships in 2022 and 2024 and IRONMAN 70.3 North American Championships in 2021, 2023 and 2025.
I appreciate the support, insights and flexibility that our local authorities, community leaders and organizations have provided. We’ve come together as we’ve engaged in the real-world discussions surrounding the logistics of rescheduling and hosting an event during a global pandemic. IRONMAN put an exhaustive plan together to produce the event within health and safety guidelines, and the plan was well received. Ultimately and collectively, we determined that in the current circumstances there are just too many variables with regard to the health and safety of the community to move forward any further.
Thanks again for your support and commitment. We will now put our focus and energy on 2021 when we will welcome the world for the IRONMAN 70.3 North American Championship on May 1st, and the IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship on September 17th & 18th.
Greater Zion Convention & Tourism Office
Almost a Decade Hosting IRONMAN St. George Events
The 2016 IRONMAN St George 70.3 North American Pro Championship triathlon attracted more than 11,000 visitors and infused an estimated $8 million into the local economy, according to data gathered by the Washington County Office of Sports and Recreation.
On May 29, 2019 IRONMAN, a Wanda Sports Holdings company, announced that the city of St. George, Utah has been selected to host the 2021 IRONMAN® 70.3® World Championship triathlon. The announcement marks the return of the IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship to North America and is the first time since 2013 that the event has been hosted in the Southwestern United States.
In addition, IRONMAN also announced a new five-year host venue agreement that includes the introduction of a new full-distance IRONMAN triathlon that will rotate between a series of cities across North America, beginning with St. George in 2020. The rotation will bring host cities a full-distance IRONMAN triathlon every three years with St. George again hosting the IRONMAN event in 2023. The 2020 and 2023 IRONMAN St. George triathlons will also be designated as the North American Championship. The other host communities in the rotation for 2021 and 2022 – which will be announced at a later date – as well as St. George, will continue to put on IRONMAN 70.3 events in the other years, giving athletes the chance to prepare on the same courses and increasing the appeal of the destinations within the triathlon community.
“The immediate economic impact of this event is substantial, but the long-term opportunities it provides go far beyond the boost that comes on race week,” said Kevin Lewis, director of the Greater Zion Convention & Tourism Office. “This event generates more media exposure than just about any event we have here, and the stories and images that are shared help reveal the amazing dynamics of our people and our landscapes.”
Ironman 70.3 World Championship
St. George, Utah Selected as Host of 2021 IRONMAN 70 .3 World Championship; IRONMAN 70.3 St. George to Rotate to a Full-Distance IRONMAN Event in 2020 & 2023