COVID-19 forces schedule change for St. George IRONMAN events

From staff reports
 |  The Spectrum & Daily News

The IRONMAN race event slated for St. George in September has been shortened due to continuing concerns about the COVID-19 pandemic and travel restrictions, organizers announced Tuesday.

At the same time, IRONMAN announced St. George would again host the World Championship for the 70.3-mile event in 2022, instead of New Zealand.

“We have continued to monitor border and travel restrictions closely, and it is increasingly clear that these restrictions are not likely to be relaxed in time for most international athletes to be able to race in St. George,” Andrew Messick, president & chief executive officer for The IRONMAN Group, said in a press release. “We have a special host partner in St. George and its surrounding communities, and we are looking forward to being able to host a full international two-day race in 2022.”

The 2021 Intermountain Healthcare IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship is now scheduled as a one-day event on Saturday, Sept. 18, with race officials worried that travel and border restrictions were likely to prevent as many as half of the field of scheduled athletes to be unable to attend.

“Navigating the twists and turns of a global pandemic has been daunting, but at every turn our community has been able to look around the corner and find a positive path to a brighter horizon,” said Kevin Lewis, Director of the Greater Zion Convention & Tourism Office. “The dedication and commitment that the IRONMAN team has made to ensure success is inspiring. Working together, we’ve put together what will be an amazing world championship event this September, and we are thrilled at the opportunity to host the world here again in 2022.”

Previous coverage: How IRONMAN used its Utah race as a step forward in a pandemic

The previously announced 2023 IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship taking place in Lahti, Finland remains scheduled as previously planned.

Registered athletes can visit for more information on what options they have with consideration to their geographical location.

For more information and event details for the IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship,, visit

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