Race week for the 2021 Intermountain Healthcare IRONMAN® World Championship presented by Utah Sports Commission has officially kicked off in St. George, Utah, bringing along a plethora of activities and events. Every year tens of thousands of triathletes across the globe strive to make it to the IRONMAN World Championship starting line and race among the best at this prestigious event. The Land of Endurance Daily Recap pays homage to this year’s IRONMAN World Championship host location, recapping the last 24 hours of activities.
The IRONMAN Village opened up to athletes from around the world to begin check-in for the first IRONMAN World Championship since 2019. Located in Town Square Park of downtown St. George, the IRONMAN Village is the hub for event week, serving as the location of athlete check-in, bike tech support and information tents as well as the Official IRONMAN Merchandise Store and Official Partners booths. Athletes and supporters alike can engage with technical products for training and racing along with everyday lifestyle products. Athlete check-in continues through Thursday, while the IRONMAN Village will be open to all through Friday.
In conjunction with the 2021 Intermountain Healthcare IRONMAN World Championship presented by Utah Sports Commission, IRONMAN celebrated the next generation of athletes during the IRONKIDS event on Tuesday, May 3, at Town Square Park. Youth from ages of one to 17 were eligible to compete in a quarter-mile, half-mile or a 1-mile run course. The event saw hundreds of young participants make their way around Town Square Park as they. The children were greeted at the finish line by some of the athletes that will take to the start line during Saturday’s Intermountain Healthcare IRONMAN World Championships presented by the Utah Sports Commission. The event also marked the 11th ‘I AM TRUE’ Day which focuses on important work with athletes and the triathlon community to promote clean sport and the integrity of IRONMAN® racing. By pairing with the IRONKIDS event, the initiative brings its message of fair racing to the next generation of athletes.
Parade of Athletes
Following the IRONKIDS Race, the Dixie High School Marching Band led athletes from 81 countries, regions, and territories as they enthusiastically celebrated their accomplishments of making it to the IRONMAN World Championship. Athletes were seen wearing their team shirts, waving flags, and cheering during the prominent IRONMAN Parade of Athletes. The Parade led athletes down Main Street, St. George, past the IRONMAN M-Dot statue located in the circle at Tabernacle St. and Main St. before making their way through a tunnel of country flags in IRONMAN Village.
Karl is a Sydney based father of 3, a keen home improver and an age group triathlete who races on the M5 Acadamies triathlon team, coached by 'The Croc' Brad Beven. A good life balance is incredibly important! Karl is the co-founder of Trizone, works in the commercial joinery industry in Australia and is passionate about the sport of triathlon.