2021 Ironman 70.3 World Championship goes to St. George

St. George, Utah will host the 2021 Ironman 70.3 World Championship and will also host a full-distance Ironman event in 2020 and 2023.

| May 3, 2019 | NEWS

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Considered one of the most beautiful triathlon destinations in the world, St. George, Utah has a long history of hosting Ironman events. Today's news that the city will host the Ironman 70.3 World Championship in 2021 will give athletes from around the world a chance to see the spectacular venue.

Ironman first arrived in St. George in 2010 when the area hosted a full-distance race through the spectacular red rock canyons. The beaufitul scenery in the area was certainly a draw, but the course proved to be tough enough to dissuade many athletes (even after attempts to make the course a bit easier), so the race was shortened to a half-distance a few years later. It has served as the Ironman 70.3 North American Pro Championship for years.

Just a two-hour drive from Las Vegas, St. George should be easily accessible to athletes from around the world who will start qualifying for the 2021 event in July, 2020.

In addition to the announcement about the world championship, Ironman also announced that St. George will be one of three American cities to host a full-distance race on a rotating basis. St. George will host a full-distance race in 2020 and then again in 2023. The other two venues have not been announced.

The 2020 Ironman St. George race will serve as the Ironman North American Championship and, as such, will offer "an elevated prize purse and offer 75 age-group qualification slots to the 2020 Ironman World Championship in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii.

Ironman 70.3 World Championship venues and champions

Year

Venue

Women's Champion

Men's Champion

2006

Clearwater (USA)

Samantha McGlone (CAN)

Craig Alexander (AUS)

2007

Clearwater (USA)

Mirinda Carfrae (AUS)

Andy Potts (USA)

2008

Clearwater (USA)

Joanna Zeiger (USA)

Terenzo Bozzone (NZL)

2009

Clearwater (USA)

Julie Dibens (GBR)

Michael Raelert (GER)

2010

Clearwater (USA)

Jodie Swallow (GBR)

Michael Raelert (GER)

2011

Henderson (USA)

Melissa Rollison (AUS)

Craig Alexander (AUS)

2012

Henderson (USA)

Leanda Cave (GBR)

Sebastian Kienle (GER)

2013

Henderson (USA)

Melissa Hauschildt (AUS)

Sebastian Kienle (GER)

2014

Mont Tremblant (CAN)

Daniela Ryf (SUI)

Javier Gomez (ESP)

2015

Zell am See (AUT)

Daniela Ryf (SUI)

Jan Frodeno (GER)

2016

Mooloolaba (AUS)

Holly Laurence (GBR)

Tim Reed (AUS)

2017

Chattanooga (USA)

Daniela Ryf (SUI)

Javier Gomez (ESP)

2018

Port Elizabeth (RSA)

Daniela Ryf (SUI)

Jan Frodeno (GER)

2019

Nice (FRA)

2020

Taupo (NZL)

2021

St. George (USA)

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