Spectator Locations for the 2023 INTERMOUNTAIN HEALTH IRONMAN 70.3 North american championship st. george
Roka Swim – Sand Hollow State Park, Hurricane
Plunge Into a Desert Oasis
Sand Hollow Reservoir in Hurricane is one of most unique and scenic swim venues on the IRONMAN circuit. The crystal blue waters make ideal swim conditions for athletes. Sunrises here can be indescribable, and the desert scenery is unlike anywhere in the world.
Watching the start of the race is exciting, but it requires detailed planning. There is only one entrance into Sand Hollow State Park and the bike course limits access in and out. Because of this, the only way to access the starting area is by riding the mandatory shuttle. Shuttling to the Swim Start is mandatory; access by personal vehicles is prohibited on race day.
To view the Start at Sand Hollow, spectators can board shuttles at 100 South, near Main Street at Shuttles will run beginning at 4:20 a.m. with athletes having priority boarding from 4:20-6 a.m. It is estimated that spots for spectators will be available around 5:30 a.m. To catch the shuttle, spectators can park around downtown, making sure watch for extra pedestrians and traffic in the area, and observing all street and traffic laws and signage.
Shuttles will continue to run into St. George from shortly after the start of the race until the last athletes exit the water and start their bike.
Note: To view the Pro Start, we estimate that spectators must be on board a shuttle downtown prior to 6 a.m. To view the Pro Finish at Town Square, spectators should be on board a return shuttle at Sand Hollow before 9:30 a.m. Arrival times for spectator shuttles are not guaranteed. Please account for traffic congestion, parking and walking distances when planning your day.
Once you’ve arrived at Sand Hollow, make your way to the main boat ramp where athletes start and finish the swim. You can line the transition area and the shoreline to watch the athletes enter and exit the water. As they exit the water, athletes run from the ramp to where their bikes are mounted in a fenced transition area (T1), toward the north end of the parking lot, then walk their bike to the starting chute before mounting for the bike course.
Spectators can line the transition area and the beginning section of the bike course from the reservoir to the Park Entrance Station to watch the cyclists depart. Before the park exit, athletes make a left turn onto Sand Hollow South Beach Access Road, a new section which cuts through a mile-long stretch of brilliant orange sand dunes and provides access to an out-and-back on SR-7/Southern Parkway, as it heads toward Hurricane City.
Spectator Areas in Hurricane
Overpass at 3000 South and SR-7 (Bike)
The overpass at 3000 South and SR-7/Southern Parkway in Hurricane is a great spectator location for those coming from Hurricane City on the East side of the course. The Southern Parkway will be closed to vehicle traffic, so access this viewing location via 700 West (Airport Road) from any location east of the Southern Parkway. Note: Traffic on SR-9 west of the Southern Parkway is not recommended on race day. Please adjust your travel plans accordingly.
Spectator Areas in Washington
Main Street at Washington Parkway (Bike)
The IRONMAN 70.3 North American Championship course brings cyclists over I-15 on Washington Parkway, all the way up to Green Spring Drive where they make a left turn and quickly descend. Catch the bikers at Main Street and Washington Parkway, accessing the area via West Buena Vista Boulevard, or coming up Main Street from Telegraph Street. There is ample parking on the streets nearby.
Spectator Areas in St. George
Red Hills Parkway near Pioneer Park (Bike)
Red Hills Parkway takes cyclists over St. George City. Cyclists ride east to west from 1000 East to Bluff Street. This is an ideal viewing location for pedestrians who don’t mind walking up to the area. During the race, Red Hills Parkway is accessible only by foot via 200 East/Skyline Drive, or from 900 East. Red Hills Parkway from 900 East to Bluff Street will be completely closed for vehicle traffic during the race. We recommend parking on surface streets between Main Street and 200 East then walking up Skyline Drive to the viewing area. Note: Main Street will be closed from 200 North to 100 South on race day.
Vernon Worthen Park (Run)
Located on 300 South, between 300 East and 400 East, Vernon Worthen Park is another excellent location to see runners. This park is tree-lined with lots of places to cheer on athletes. Park on neighboring streets.
Downtown Streets (Run)
Take a look at the race route between Town Square and Vernon Worthen Park, and access any of the downtown route from the perimeter of the course. The runners will make two loops through these city streets, providing plenty of opportunity to cheer them on in the middle of their 13.1-mile run.
Main Street from 200 North to 100 South (Bike & Run)
Main Street will be bursting with energy on race day. Cyclists turn onto Main Street from Diagonal Street at 200 North as they return to the transition area on Tabernacle Street (T2). Runners turn onto Main Street as they leave T2, on their way up to Diagonal Street, then return down Main Street at 200 North after coming down Diagonal from 700 West. Spectators can see the runners four times in this section. We suggest walking up from Town Square. Parking is available on surface streets and in all public lots.
Spectator Areas in Ivins
Snow Canyon Drive (Bike)
At mile 41, the course turns left onto Snow Canyon Drive to take athletes up the signature climb on the course. The stunning four-mile climb through Snow Canyon State Park features nearly 1,100-feet of elevation gain. The road is closed, but spectators can watch the cyclists by walking along the paved trail alongside Snow Canyon Drive. Park on surface streets in Ivins and make your way to the path. Entrance to the park is free for pedestrians during the race. No vehicles are allowed.