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BY DAYNA LUNDIN Reporter The inaugural St. George Ironman was a success, and the local volunteers are applauded for their efforts. The Ironman event went off without a hitch and ran smoother than expected said Assistant City Manager Marc Mortensen and James Schafer from the St. George Police Department. “We have been told from Ironman that they were astounded at how well St. George hosted (the event),” Mortensen said. “We had to make a few tweaks to the traffic plan, but from an athlete and general public perspective things went well.” Local Race Director Jeff Gardner agreed from the organization standpoint that the event went well, and he could not have expected anything more. “I don’t think it could have gone better weather, (Ironman) agency or volunteer groups wise,” Gardner said. In order to meet the event demands, some 3,500 local volunteers were required to fulfill the needs, and more than 4,000 volunteers were actually utilized to make the event a success. “The thank yous go to the 4,000 plus volunteers,” Mortensen said. “At the awards banquet the athletes gave (the volunteers) a standing applause.” The event is promised to return next year and for the following two years, according to a contractual agreement made between St. George City and Ironman officials. Mortensen said if both parties are happy with the way things are going after the contract has expired, it will automatically renew for additional years. “The real winner here is definitely the community,” Mortensen said. “We can be proud of what we accomplished.” A total list of preliminary results of the race can be found at ironmanstgeorge. com, but of all the Utahans’ who participated only 312 finished the race by the midnight, and 56 local participants finished within the time allowance. Ironman officials were impressed at how well the city as a whole conducted the event with professionalism and courtesy. “On an athlete’s blog we read ‘St. George has Ironman fever’, and I think we do,” Mortensen said.

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The Ford Ironman St. George was reported to be one of the hardest Ironman competition yet. Michael Weiss, No. 14, finished in first for the men. Photo by Todd Ellis


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