On May 2, about 3,000 athletes will test their might in the three sport triathlon, which includes a 1.2-mile swim, 56-mile bike ride and 13.1 mile run, all on a course spread throughout Washington County, Utah.
The globally popular multi-sports race not only brings athletes together in a beautiful setting, it also provides major tourism revenue to local businesses.
The Ironman Foundation also gives back to it’s race communities through community grants. This year, the Ironman’s Community Fund will provide a total of $42,200 in community grants to seven non-profit beneficiaries. With the 2015 donations, the Ironman Foundation has given grants totaling nearly $275,000 to St. George recipients.
Local organizers are already preparing for the iconic weekend event which has competitors already gearing up.
Director of Sports Marketing for the St. George Area Tourism Office, Kevin Lewis said five years ago when they first brought the Ironman to St. George, May was kind of a “shoulder season for tourism.” But since the popularity and growth of the Ironman, May has become a popular month for visitation.
Lewis is grateful to those who take on the Ironman competition, not only for their athleticism, but for the charitable contributions that are provided through the foundation it supports.
This year the Ironman Foundation’s Community Fund will provide a total of $42,200 in grants to local non-profit beneficiaries. They include: the Dove Center, $10,000; Snow Canyon State Park, $10,000; Girls on the Run of Southern Utah, $7,200; Southern Utah Bicycle Alliance, $6,500; Utah Foster Care Foundation, $5,000; Habitat for Humanity of Southwest Utah, $2,500; and BOOYAH Foundation, $1,000.
The Ironkids Fun Run will take place at 6:30 p.m. on Friday May 1, 2015 at the Town Square. Children between the ages of 3-15 will participate in a 1/4 mile or 1 mile fun run course. The cost to register is $15. per child.
Snow Canyon State Park will be closed to the general public May 2nd, from 8:00 am to 2:pm for the Ironman Race, but will open up after that.
For traffic impact information go to: http://www.ironman.com/~/media/77137a1285184186a799f1ee390db57c/st%20g%20traffic%20impact%20final.pdf
For more information on the events please visit www.ironman.com