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The Professional Athlete Field Showcases World Champions in a Heated Battle for the IRONMAN 70.3 St. George North American Pro Championship Title

St. George, Utah (April 24, 2019) – The eyes of the triathlon world turn to St. George, Utah, May 4th, 2019, as the pro field is announced, bringing the best triathletes in the world to compete on one of the most challenging fields in the IRONMAN 70.3 circuit. Each, including two World Champions, will compete for the North American Pro Championship Title, bringing a six-figure purse for the winners. If that weren’t enough, the names at the top of the list are all too familiar to the St. George race.

On the men’s side, Ben Hoffman, fresh off his win in IRONMAN South Africa, won this race in 2012 and returns to compete alongside big names like Sebastian Kienle who looks to win this year after coming in second, behind Lionel Saunders last year.

The female pro lineup is filled with the world’s best including three women who have won this race the last three years. Paula Findlay returns to attempt a repeat after her win last year, but will be contending with Holly Lawrence who won the race in 2017. Heather Wurtele will also be returning in search of yet another championship on a course that she knows all too well.

In all, 70 professional atheletes will test their skills on a course known to be one of them most challenging courses in the world.

“There are few places on earth that attract such talented and competitive pro fields as the IRONMAN 70.3 St. George North American Pro Championship,” said Kevin Lewis, Director of the Washington County Office of Tourisim. “This year’s field is stacked with several St. George champions, including an IRONMAN World Champion and an Ironman 70.3 World Champion.

With the recent announcement of St. George being one of two finalists to host the 2021 IRONMAN 70.3 World Championships, all eyes will be watching as two world champions fight for the title. Kienle, who has yet to win the St. George race, has won three IRONMAN or IRONMAN 70.3 world championships, has three runner-up finishes, and one third-place finish in IRONMAN or IRONMAN 70.3 world title races. Holly Lawrence is the 2016 Ironman 70.3 World Champion. The race will be partially covered live at

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About the Office of Sports and Recreation
The St. George Area Sports Commission was established by the Washington County Commission to help responsibly grow the sports and recreation economy in Washington County, Utah, through the promotion and development of sports, and outdoor recreation. 

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