The swim will be held at the scenic Sand Hollow State Park in Hurricane Utah. The one–loop swim course will take place in the beautiful blue water of Sand Hollow Reservoir. The water temperature is expected to be between 60 and 64 degrees Fahrenheit.
Starting at Sand Hollow Reservoir athletes will exit transition and will ride out and around the back side of the reservoir into the City of Hurricane, then along State Route 9 back towards Washington and St. George. With rolling hills in the first half of the race athletes will experience great scenery and a dynamic course. The back half of the course heads through St. George and into Ivins along a flat fast section before tackling the signature climb up and through Snow Canyon State Park. This climb is draped in spectacular views and your reward at the top, down hill all the way back to St. George!
The specific changes for 2016 IRONMAN 70.3 North American Pro Championships include removing the out and back section on Highland Parkway in Washington, and the technical and slow section through the park and softball fields in St. George. To make up the distance we will be continuing further into Ivins City along Center Street which is a clean, straight, flat, and fast section then making a U-turn and heading back up Snow Canyon for the signature climb and back into St. George via State Route 18.
After entering transition in St. George’s historic Town Square, athletes will begin the one-loop course that heads out on Diagonal and Bluff Street before climbing up Red Hills Parkway through the Red Cliffs Desert Reserve. The course offers an amazing view of the city while running along the bluff before returning to the finish line located on Main Street right in the heart of down town St. George.