Sam Long Aims to Defend Ironman 70.3 North American Championship Title

The 2024 Intermountain Health Ironman 70.3 North American Championship will take place in St. George, Utah, on May 4, featuring defending champion Sam Long and over 100 triathletes. The event offers a $75,000 pro prize purse and age group qualifying slots to the 2024 VinFast Ironman 70.3 World Championship.

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Sam Long Aims to Defend Ironman 70.3 North American Championship Title

Sam Long Aims to Defend Ironman 70.3 North American Championship Title

On May 4, 2024, the Intermountain Health Ironman 70.3 North American Championship will take place in St. George, Utah, as part of the Ironman Pro Series. The event will feature defending champion Sam Long from Boulder, Colorado, who is seeking to secure his second consecutive Ironman title after winning the 2023 Ironman 70.3 World Championship. Reflecting on his 2023 victory, Long stated, "It's just a dream come true for me."

Thechallenging race coursewill begin with a swim at Sand Hollow Reservoir, followed by a bike ride through rolling hills and the signature climb into Snow Canyon State Park. After fast descents back into St. After fast descents back into St. George, athletes will undertake a two-lap run through downtown, finishing in the town center. The event offers a $75,000 total pro prize purse and a maximum of 2,500 points towards Ironman Pro Series standings.

Over 100 triathletes will compete in the professional field, with top contenders in the men's pro division including Canadian Jackson Laundry, German Maximilian Sperl, and American Marc Dubrick. In the women's pro division, former winners like South African Jeanni Metzler and Canadian Paula Findlay are expected to be strong competitors.

In addition to the professional race, over 2,000 registered participants will compete alongside the pros on the same course, vying for age group qualifying slots to the 2024 VinFast Ironman 70.3 World Championship. The event marks ten years of racing in St. George, Utah, a stunning Southwestern venue that has hosted two Ironman 70.3 World Championship races and the Ironman World Championship event in recent years.

Several competitors will bring inspiring stories to the race, including the oldest participants, 74-year-old Robert OBryan of St. George and 75-year-old Virginia Krantz of Orem, and the youngest competitors, 18-year-olds Bryson Carter and Camille Mayes from Meridian, Idaho. Other notable athletes include Andrew Bird, a 35-year-old award-winning Teacher of the Year; Melodie Grubbs, a 41-year-old cancer survivor; and David Wheelan, a 37-year-old amputee who competes in triathlons to battle chronic pain and depression.

The Ironman 70.3 St. George event will be streamed live for free on Outside Watch, starting at 8:30 a.m. ET (6:30 a.m. MT, 5:30 a.m. PT). A pre-race press conference featuring the top eight contenders will be held on Friday afternoon at 3 p.m. at the Electric Theater. Pro racers are scheduled to start the swim at Sand Hollow at 6:50 a.m. on race day.

As defending champion Sam Long seeks to make history with a second consecutive title, the 2024 Intermountain Health Ironman 70.3 North American Championship promises to be an exciting display of athletic prowess and human resilience. With its challenging course, stunning scenery, and inspiring stories, the event showcases the best of the triathlon world and the indomitable spirit of its competitors.

Key Takeaways

  • 2024 Intermountain Health Ironman 70.3 North American Championship on May 4 in St. George, Utah.
  • Defending champion Sam Long seeks second consecutive title.
  • Over 100 pros and 2,000 age-groupers to compete on challenging course.
  • $75,000 pro prize purse and 2,500 Ironman Pro Series points at stake.
  • Race to be streamed live on Outside Watch starting at 8:30 a.m. ET.