Memphis gear up to host St. Jude Ironman 70.3 next month

St. Jude Ironman 70.3 Memphis
St. Jude Ironman 70.3 Memphis(Action News 5)
Published: Sep. 16, 2021 at 7:32 AM CDT
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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WMC) - It’s almost here! Almost time for runners, bikers and swimmers from around the country to descend on the Bluff City for the first St. Jude Ironman 70.3 Memphis Event.

And it will be an event like no other.

More than 2,500 athletes will participate in this souped-up triathlon, which will be held entirely at the 4,500 acre Shelby Farms Park in East Memphis.  

Many of you may be familiar with the Grueling Ironman in Hawaii.

This event is exactly half that, including a 1.2-mile swim in Hyde Lake, a 56-mile bike and the finishing kick, a 13.1 mile run through the hills and dales of the trails inside of the park.

Race Director Erika Larsen says the Uniqueness of Shelby Farms is what convinced Ironman Memphis was the place for this race.

“Shelby Farms Park, to be clear, is one of the most amazing, if not the most amazing and perfect venues for a triathlon,” said Larsen. “It has all the space you could ever ask for. We have our swim right there. We have our entire run course there. We have our Ironman Village, we have our Finish Line. We have our transition areas, so we’re really fortunate to have this space. It’s given us a lot of creative ability to work with the Park and do different things that we may have not done at other events. And, logistically from an athletes’ standpoint, it’s a one-stop-shop. So, it’s really simple. Everything is right there.” 

The event needs at least 1,200 volunteers to make everything run smoothly.

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The St. Jude Ironman 70.3 Memphis is October 3 at Shelby Farms Park.

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