IRONMAN St. George confirms death of participant during triathlon


St. George prepares for the upcoming Ironman race Wednesday, April 21, 2021.

A participant died during the first part of the IRONMAN St. George 70.3 course Saturday.

The IRONMAN Group confirmed the death just after 6:20 p.m., which was just over an hour after the race had officially concluded.

According to a statement released by IRONMAN, the assistant personnel a overseeing the 1.3-mile swim course noticed participant was exhibiting distress in the waters.

“We are incredibly saddened to confirm the death of a race participant at the IRONMAN 70.3 North American Championship St. George,” IRONMAN St. George wrote in a statement on Facebook. “The athlete received immediate medical attention upon swim safety personnel recognizing the distressed athlete during the swim portion of Saturday’s race.”

The name, age, gender of the athlete and other information were not disclosed by the IRONMAN Group.

Deaths in extreme endurance sports are not rare. According to reports from various news outlets there were seven recorded deaths in IRONMAN Triathlons, and 20 deaths among all other triathlon events, in 2019.

The swim course has also been acknowledged by IRONMAN racers to be one of the most dangerous aspects of the race.






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