your front-row seat to all the action
your front-row seat to all the action
Scout out some spectator locations to catch the 2021 Intermountain Healthcare IRONMAN® World Championship presented by Utah Sports Commission as it traverses Hurricane to Ivins – 140.6 miles of competition and inspiration.
Roka Swim Spectator Locations
Sand Hollow State Park, Hurricane
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; access by personal vehicles is prohibited on race day.
Spectators are encouraged on race day to park at the Dixie Center and take the shuttle to Town Square. From here, another shuttle will be boarded for drop off at Sand Hollow. Return shuttles will drop off spectators back at Town Square, where they can catch the Dixie Center shuttle. Spectator shuttles will continue to run into St. George and the Dixie Center starting 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 at the Dixie Center prior to 5:15 a.m. To view the Pro Finish at Town Square, it is estimated spectators should be on board a return shuttle at Sand Hollow before 12 Noon. 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 shoot 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.
Note: As they exit the park, athletes make a left turn onto Sand Hollow Road, then turn right onto the Southern Parkway (State Route 7). SR-7 from Warner Valley Road to SR-9 will be closed to traffic from 4:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on race day. Please adjust your travel plans accordingly.
Hurricane Spectator Locations
3000 South on SR-7 (Bike)
From 7:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., SR-7 at 3000 South in Hurricane is a great spectator location for those coming from Hurricane City on the East side of the course. The Southern Parkway/SR-7 will be closed to vehicle traffic, so access this viewing location via 1100 West from any location east of the Southern Parkway.
Note: SR-7 from Warner Valley Road to SR-9 will be closed to traffic from 4:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on race day. In addition, traffic on SR-9 west of the Southern Parkway is not recommended on race day. Please adjust your travel plans accordingly.
Washington Spectator Locations
Turnaround at Main Street and 100 South (Bike)
The World Championship course brings cyclists over I-15 and right down Main Street, right to the center of town, where they will turn around and head back to Buena Vista Boulevard. The turnaround at Main Street and 100 South in Washington is an ideal spectator location from 8:15 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. It is right next to Veterans Park and the City Offices. Access to this viewing area is available from Telegraph Street anywhere east of Washington Parkway and there is ample parking nearby.
SR-7 at Warner Valley Road (Bike)
In the morning, between 7:15 a.m. and 11:30 a.m., the turnaround at SR7 and Warner Valley Road in Washington is a good spectator location for those coming from Washington Fields and St. George on the southwest side of the course. Southern Parkway/SR-7 will be closed to vehicle traffic, so access to this viewing location would be from Washington Fields Road.
St. George Spectator Locations
Red Hills Parkway near Pioneer Park (Bike & Run)
From 7:45 a.m. to 2:15 p.m., Red Hills Parkway from 1000 East to Bluff Street is an ideal viewing location for pedestrians who don’t mind walking up to the area. During the race, spectating on Red Hills Parkway is accessible only by foot via 200 East/Skyline Drive, or from 900 East. We recommend parking on surface streets between Main Street and 200 East then walking up Skyline Drive to the viewing area.
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 (T2) on Tabernacle Street. Runners will run up Main Street and Diagonal two times and return down Diagonal and Main Street two times on the out-and-back course. 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.
Main Street and Tabernacle (Bike & Run)
The roundabout at Main Street and Tabernacle is a feature location on the World Championship course. Athletes will pass by the M-dot monument six times as they navigate the course. This is an ideal location to feel the energy of the event. There is a short out-and-back on the run course on Tabernacle from Main Street to 400 East. Parking is available on surface streets and in all public lots.
Royal Oaks Park – 1400 West off Snow Canyon Parkway (Run)
For spectators on the west side of St. George, Royal Oaks Park will be an ideal location to view the marathon, but the park is only accessible via foot. There will be no parking in the park; do not access via Snow Canyon Parkway. Access this location from Sunset Boulevard, going North on 1400 West, and park well south of the park, and carefully walk to the park. Exit the area via Sunset as well. Athletes will be on the Halfway Wash Trail, between Snow Canyon Parkway and Dixie Drive, from 11:45 a.m. to 12:17 a.m. (Sunday).
Mathis Park – Dixie Drive (Run)
Mathis Park is the end of the out-and-back run. For spectators on the south side of St. George, Mathis Park is a great place to watch as runners loop the park twice – once on each leg of the run. Athletes will be in Mathis Park from 11:55 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. Parking is available on surface streets and in all public lots nearby. Vehicles will not be allowed on the roads or parking lots at the park; access from side roads and walk into the park.
Ivins Spectator Locations
Snow Canyon Parkway and Center Street (Bike)
Cyclists ride up Snow Canyon Parkway two times. On the first loop, they continue down Center Street in Ivins all the way through town before turning left on Kwavasa Drive then heading north on Old Highway 91 on their way up to Gunlock and Veyo. On the second loop, the course turns right onto Snow Canyon Drive. Spectators can gather along Snow Canyon Parkway and Center Street to view the event from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Approach from the south and park only south of Snow Canyon Parkway. Walk to Snow Canyon Parkway.
Old Highway 91 & Gunlock Drive Spectator Locations
Residents in the following areas have a front-row seat to the bike action, but spectators are to catch the race elsewhere.
As the cyclists head up Old Highway 91, the course crosses through the lands of the Shivwits Band of Paiutes. The Paiutes were the original settlers of the area and their culture is an important part of the heritage here. At mile 59, they pass the Shivwits Convenience Store. This is a good place to grab a drink and some snacks and watch the athletes head up the hill.
Gunlock (Bike) *LOCALS ONLY*
At mile 62, the course turns on to Gunlock Road for a long, sustained climb rising 1500 feet over 15 miles. This section takes triathletes along the shores of Gunlock Reservoir, past black basalt rock formations and ancient cinder cones and through the town of Gunlock as they climb toward one of the most challenging sections of the course. Gunlock residents can view the race on Gunlock Drive. The best location will be near the Aid Station at the north end of town. No outside traffic allowed.
Veyo (Bike) *LOCALS ONLY*
One of signature climbs on the course is the switchback on Gunlock Road that locals call “The Wall.” “The Wall” climbs 251 feet up the side of the canyon at a 6-12% grade, covering just less than a mile. The view of cyclists climbing the cut in the side of the mountain can be both intimidating and inspiring. From Veyo, local residents can walk to a viewing location here or view the race from the corner of Center Street and SR-18.