Described as an early-season race with breathtaking American Southwest scenery, and fresh, crisp, spring air. The Ironman 70.3 in St. George, Utah was voted by participants as “Best Race Venue” and “Best Host City Experience”. It is thought by some triathletes to be the nation’s 2nd toughest Ironman 70.3 Triathlon.
Set in Southern Utah’s spectacularly beautiful red rock country, approximately 2500 ironmen – and ironwomen – will run a half marathon of 13.1 miles through the Red Cliffs Desert Reserve, complete a 56-mile bicycle ride and swim 1.2 miles at Sand Hollow Reservoir – all completed in succession within 17 hours beginning at 7 a.m. and ending no later than midnight.
The Snow Canyon climb is a difficult task to complete, but is lined with motivational posters from the local tri clubs. If you are a returning athlete – even a newcomer – you’ll be pleased to know the first eight miles of the bike course through Snow Canyon have been repaved, and are now “smooth as silk.”
Before and after this grueling event, you’ll also enjoy the city’s walkable downtown area, which offers great local fare and boutique shopping. Perfect for enjoying the sunny spring weather (be prepared for daytime temperatures in the 90’s). Also remember, St. George is only two hours from the nightlife of Las Vegas, with its never-ending entertainment options.
For more information or to register, go to www.ironman.com.
Whether you’re a first-timer, a seasoned Ironman or a vacationer exhausted just reading about this demanding, punishing, strenuous race, we have a place where you can relax before or after the race in your comfortable, affordable vacation home-away-from-home. Register online today at www.stgeorgeresortrentals,com for St. George Resort Rentals or www.laspalmasresortcondos.com for Five Seasons Vacation condominiums. You’ll find attractive living spaces, fully stocked kitchens with all appliances; free-use laundry sets in every unit; and resort amenities. We can’t wait to meet you for the first time or to see you again!
The 39th Annual St. George Art Festival, held as always on Easter weekend – this year March 30-31- is a testament to what visionary leadership can do to take a small idea and turn it into something amazing and grand. What began 38 years ago as a way to showcase the work of local artists has evolved into an event attracting more than 100 artists – in every venue, including oils, water color, ceramics, photography, jewelry and the broad category of “other” – juried from hundreds of submissions from across the United States. Not only will festival-goers enjoy incredible, one-of-a-kind works of art, over 30,000 residents and visitors to our red rock community, will also enjoy live entertainment on two stages, a children’s area full of interesting and fun activities for your little ones, and a variety of food items from which to choose.
It’s an early morning adventure but well worth your time to get out of bed and make the 35-mile drive to enjoy the popular Mesquite Balloon Festival. You’ll find brightly colored balloons filling the crisp, clear blue sky over the Virgin Valley community with the Stars and Stripes balloon leading the way.
A large percentage of Washington County residents will be volunteering (along with friends and family members) in one way or another during the month of October, as Tuacahn’s summer season comes to an end. The St. George Marathon kicks things off, with an anticipated 7,500 runners .
The annual harvest celebration – known as the Enterprise Corn Fest – is a happy combination of “county-fair” type activities during the day and dancing to live music at night; a vintage car show; and the best corn-on-the-cob ever fresh from the fields … all in a small town America setting. But that’s not all! Besides corn eating, sure-to-please events throughout the day also include a softball and volleyball tournament, mechanical bull, half-marathon and 5k, booths, Dutch oven dinner, and live entertainment.
The Washington County Fair has been an eagerly anticipated event here in the “land of awes” for 157 years despite its several names and locations before settling into its permanent home in 1997 – 20 “awe”some year ago – at the Regional Fair Park. The Fair’s location is 3 miles east off the I-15 freeway Exit 40 – or about 15 miles from downtown St. George.
It has now been over 15 years since the Great State of Utah hosted the 2002 Winter Olympic Games in Salt Lake City. Those who participated in any way still remember the thrill of meeting and greeting thousands of visitors from around the globe, showing up to support their favorite among 2,400 athletes showcasing their skills in 165 events.
Finally …. a definitive answer to the question of what women really want! The Annual What Women Want Expo – the largest consumer show in Southern Utah and the ultimate girls-night-out – is a guaranteed enjoyable shopping experience. Featuring two days of fun, shopping, inspiration, and a chance to break from the routine with friends, sisters, daughters, or your own mom.
The Hurricane Easter Car show – on the weekend of April 14-15 in the city by the same name – has become a sure sign of springtime here in color country, no matter what Punxsutawney Phil says on February 2. Sponsored in its 33rd year by the 20-year-old non-profit Rotary Club of Hurricane Valley, at the heart of this amazing family-friendly event is a display of hundreds of hot rods, street rods, classic and restored cars of every size, shape, model and paint job! Collectors from every corner of the Beehive State as well as from neighboring Western states join with Rotarians and local business people to welcome as many as 10,000 nearby residents and visitors to the 2-day event held at the at the Hurricane Community Center, 100 W. 100 South in downtown Hurricane City
Now in its second year, the noisy, fun and high energy Side x Side Adventure Rally at Sand Hollow is a family friendly event, featuring guided trail rides, including rock crawling as well as less technical scenic rides in and around Sand Hollow State Park. SXS Adventure Rally will be held November 10-12 in Hurricane, UT.
Residents, passers-thru or vacationers in southern Utah are invited to test drive the latest in outdoor recreational “machines” from the top manufacturers, take guided trail rides around Sand Hollow, get fed and meet new people. The weather at this time of year is expected to be a sunny 65 degrees … perfect for riding our beautiful red rock countryside.
Sand Hollow State Park will be open for riding at approximately 2 p.m. at a cost of $10 day per vehicle.
After a fabulous day enjoying our spectacular terrain, your Southern Utah vacation home-away-from-home will be waiting for you back at St. George Resort Rentals or Five Seasons Resort Rentals so, register today online for a beautiful, comfortable and affordable vacation resort rental at stgeorgeresortrentals.com or at laspalmasresortcondos.com. We can’t wait to meet you … or welcome you back!