A new running course for the 2012 Ironman St. George race will help enhance the spectator experience as well as the athlete experience this year in Southern Utah. Race officials say the changes are needed to help with volunteer access, first aid stations and pre-race training. They are hoping the new course setup will move crowds away from construction areas that are heavily congested. The new route will also open more areas for crowd support as they cheer on their favorite runner.
Many people are happy with the new run course this year since the event has been established as a challenge with an added bonus of beautiful settings. Athletes will be lead through downtown St. George in an iconic Ironman M-Dot shape three times. The straightaway along Diagonal Street will still be part of the course, but Bluff Street has been taken off the route due to heavy road construction on Red Hills Parkway. The downtown route will create a better setting for supports of the Ironman competition. And, the entire course will stay within a 1.5 mile area of the finish line.
You can access the legs of the M-Dot route from 700 South. You will be able to see your favorite athlete on one leg of the M-Dot route and then cross over two blocks to cheer them on two more times. And, the tree-lined streets will create a great cover from the desert heat for everyone. The new route will pass the St. George Tabernacle, Vernon Worthen Park, the St. George LDS Temple, Town Square and the Dixie Regional Medical Center. Therefore, you can view the event from a number of spectacular views of St. George’s red cliffs.
The Ironman St. George event will take place on Saturday, May 5th. You will find other features of the event such as a swim that will be held on Sand Hollow Reservoir, and a bike and run course with awesome views of downtown St. George, Red Cliffs Desert Reserve and Snow Canyon. Athletes will be competing for $25,000 and several age groups to qualify for slots in the 2012 Ironman World Championship, which will be held in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii on October 13th. For more information about the Ironman St. George event, visit www.ironmanstgeorge.com.