One of the most rigorous athletic events hosted in southern Utah, the St. George Ironman is a triathlon held every May, beginning at Sand Hollow State Park in Hurricane and ending on Main Street in St. George. The swim portion of the event takes place in Sand Hollow Reservoir, where participants swim a single loop in waters which are typically 60-64 degrees Fahrenheit. The biking portion begins in the Sand Hollow parking lot, goes out to Gunlock, over to Veyo, up "The Wall," and ends in St. George Town Square. For the running portion, participants make another loop from Town Square up Diagonal Street, Red Hills Parkway, and back down to Main Street.
People from all over the world travel to St. George to participate in this event and enjoy the scenic beauty, but it is also fun to go to the finish line and cheer for the local competitors.  The whole community seems to get involved in this event and every becomes a volunteer to help the event take place and to help the athletes complete the race.