Athlete Dies During Swim Portion Of St. George Ironman Competition
ST. GEORGE, Utah — A race participant died while competing in the swim portion of the Ironman 70.3 North American Championship in St. George.
The Ironman Group released a statement shortly after the race ended Saturday night.
“We are incredibly saddened to confirm the death of a race participant at the IRONMAN 70.3 North American Championship St. George. The athlete received immediate medical attention upon swim safety personnel recognizing the distressed athlete during the swim portion of Saturday’s race. We share our greatest sympathies with the family and friends of the athlete and will continue to offer them our support as they go through this very difficult time. The well-being of our competitors is paramount, and we thank the swim safety personnel and first responders who worked quickly to provide the athlete with medical support.”
Details about the athlete’s identity and what exactly caused their death was not immediately available.
Athletes competed in the 1.2-mile swimming portion of the competition at Sand Hollow Reservoir in Hurricane.
The race also consisted of a 56-mile bike ride and a 13.1-mile run.
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