Ironman Saint George Is Now Half-Ironman Saint George


The Last Time We Will See This

Ironman Saint George known for its beauty and its difficulty has been changed from an Ironman to a 70.3 Half-Ironman.  I spent quite a bit of time observing both Twitter and Facebook for reaction to this change.  There were a lot of opinions and most were not in favor of this switch.  This led me to think about why.  Why with so much support would WTC change the race?  The answer is simple…..there wasn’t enough support for the race at the 140.6 distance.

I am happy to see this race change and its for one reason.  I will race it sooner than had it been a 140.6 distance race.  Why?  The reason is that there are a lot of other Ironman distance races I have on my to do list before Saint George.  I want to race Ironman Florida, Ironman New York, Ironman Lake Placid, Ironman Canada, Ironman Cozumel and Ironman Brazil before I wanted to race Saint George.  If I were able to race two Ironman races per year that would mean that it would be 4 years before I would step up to the registration button for IMSG.  In that time span this race would have been gone.

The registration for IMSG has declined considerably since it debuted.  If that pattern kept going then there is no way that the full distance would be there in four years.  If people think that this will hurt the race consider the fact that Ironman California became 70.3 California in 2002 and has flourished since then.  The race is early in the year, a month earlier than IMSG, and it still gets top pros and a full list of Age-Groupers to participate.  I believe that HIMSG will be the same way.  You can train over the winter for this distance and still be able to incorporate other races throughout the year.


What A Gorgeous Looking Venue

The 70.3 distance is a great distance to race and you can race 2 a year with no problem and probably truly get 3-4 in within a year.  Having an option to race this in May opens up a schedule to race 70.3 Racine or Rhode Island in July or National Harbor in August.  You can then finish the season with 70.3 Austin in late October.  Easily fit three into a year with no problems.  Of course this type of schedule would eliminate the idea of racing a full, but you can still schedule that in with Ironman Arizona in November and still race HIMSG and one of the others in July or August.

I am very happy that they chose to reduce the distance to a Half-Ironman as I can see the sights and scenes of Utah much faster than had it stayed a full.  I may be in the minority based on the reaction from those in my circle, but clearly something had to be done to keep the race.


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  1. katie says:

    ooooh it is such a gorgeous race. I’m a sucker for the mountain backdrop to my races!
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  2. Matt Oravec says:

    You have no idea how pissed off I am at this. Like right now, blood is BOILING! )*#$U# )#* )#*$ )# #$U@#$ #@$ @# $#$ @# $)@*(& ) *#)(*@#$)( *@#* !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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  3. Jon says:

    Interesting. Its so early in the season that a lot of folks (unless you live in the south or southwest) can’t really train for it because its SO hard to do outdoor Ironman specific training in the winter. At least, that would be the reason why I would never do an Ironman before July since I live in the Northeast.

    Good luck to the race! I hope is flourishes. I would want to do it now that it is a 70.3.
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  4. I would have never put IMSG on my calendar as it is too early in the season for us nawtherners to effectively train for. My limit has been 3 hours on the rabbit wheel. That time of the year is tough for a full.

    I have IMAZ, IMLP, IMNYNJ, and perhaps even Rev3CP on my full wish list.

  5. I’d seriously consider doing this instead of IMCA next year for some variety and it’s “fairly” close. It all comes down to where I end up with the criterium racing this year – If I come out much improved, I’ll want to step up the seriousness next year which would mean the 70.3 would still be better in March.

  6. BDD says:

    It doesnt matter to me, I would never do that race
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  7. misszippy says:

    My thoughts are that this had to happen to a few IM distances sooner or later. The slots are spread out far too much (assuming it will have fewer now?) and it is that much more difficult for people to qualify at races. Plus, at some point I would guess there is a saturation point for IM distance events, too, meaning some will likely go on the chopping block. So I think it’s a good thing, provided I am right about the slot distribution!
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  8. John says:

    Sucks! First chance at Kona slot in the US in the new year. Plus awesome location and community. No doubt in door training would require a tremendous amount of mental discipline. But it would be awesome to be Ultra course ready early in the year. As well as have all year to train for Kona if you earned a slot. With new races this year I guess slot allocation will remain very tight. Was planning on doing 2014 gonna have to change plans? Hummmm

  9. Jeff Irvin says:

    I am not happy with the decision but based on how participation has declined over the last two years it is understandable. I really wanted to do this race as a full but part of the blame for it going away can be placed on me because I did not throw down cash to support it.

    I bet this opens the door for a CA Ironman in the spring now.
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  10. Bob says:

    A truly great race..
    If I were you I would see if WTC would trade your IMTX for IMSG for a small fee.
    This is one that in 10 years you could brag about….. I know I will
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