ST. GEORGE, Utah — On Saturday, May 7, St. George, Utah will be the first city to host the IRONMAN World Championship outside of the state of Hawai`i in the history of the event. The most iconic single-day endurance event in the world will bring together more than 3,000 registered athletes to compete in the first location outside of Hawai`i since the race started in 1978.
“We are beyond excited to bring the IRONMAN World Championship to St. George, Utah,” said Andrew Messick, President & Chief Executive Officer of the IRONMAN Group. “After more than two years without the IRONMAN World Championship being held, we look forward to the opportunity to bring thousands of talented athletes from around the world, as well as their families and supporters to the beautiful area of Southern Utah. We look forward to celebrating our incredible athletes and their accomplishments with a race experience so many have been waiting on with great anticipation.”
The start list has a healthy mixture of old guard and young guns, all hungry to take the title. For some, this is set to be their final World Championships — Sebastian Kienle, for example, having announced his retirement for later this year. However, it is set to be the first IM World Championships for many, including Boulder’s Sam Long who will be among the top contenders.
“I’m more excited about the world championships being in St. George than being in Kona — at least for this year,” says Long, who won CLASH Miami earlier in the season. Watch more of his thoughts on this year’s championship event by scrolling through the PTO’s Instagram post below.
Live race coverage of the 2021 Intermountain Healthcare IRONMAN World Championship will air on the IRONMAN Now channels as well as nearly 10 hours of in-depth coverage on Peacock, NBCUniversal’s streaming service, this Saturday, May 7, 2022.