2017 marks the final year of our iconic IRONMAN 70.3 St. Croix event.
After nearly 30 years of hosting IRONMAN 70.3 St. Croix, 2017 will be the final time you will be able to challenge The Beast. The race has remained a classic for decades and if it's on your bucket listâ€”as it should beâ€”it's time to plan your way to the start line on May 7th and experience the incredible U.S. Virgin Islands.
"I race triathlons literally all over the globe and I've never raced a more scenic backdrop than St Croix. Beautiful, warm, Caribbean water, white sandy beaches, palm trees, and friendly locals all make the race memorable." says, IRONMAN TriClub athlete Scott Fricks. "For a destination race, IRONMAN 70.3 St Croix beats them all, hands down!" he adds.
After a short swim to the start line, on the small island of Protestant Cay, the event begins with a 1.2-mile leg that is annually chosen as one of the most popular swims in the sport. As you make your way around the bay you'll share the warm Caribbean water with majestic creatures like turtles and stingrays.
The 56-mile bike ride includes stunning views all around the island, but most importantly, includes The Beast, a 550-foot rise in 0.7 mile. If you consider yourself a real triathlete, you need to bag The Beast. "St Croix is certainly a challenging event," shares, Fricks. "I often hear from people who are afraid to race St Croix because of the dreaded Beast. Those who have accepted my challenge to race here often tell me it's intimidating but worth every heart-pounding second!"
"I love this race because it's an honest race in testing ones' abilityâ€”the wind, the heat, and the challenging bike course requires athletes to be at the top of their game. You cannot finesse this courseâ€”you have to be ready for the challenge." â€“ Wayne Nichols (20x St. Croix finisher)
The 13.1-mile run features views to die for. Kay Reddy, a two-time St. Croix finisher agrees, "The two loop run around the Buccaneer Resort winds you back through the historic architecture of Christiansted and it's absolutely stunning." The rolling course protects athletes from the wind, which is an added bonus in the last leg of the race. If that's not enough, the volunteers and cheering crowds on the course help to make for an unforgettable finish.
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