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St. Croix 100 - #20 Ironman TriathlonSince its inception in 1988, the first weekend each May the island of St. Croix proudly hosts the St. Croix Ironman Triathlon 70.3. Known as ‘Beauty and The Beast’, this event is considered by many one of the toughest bike courses on the Ironman circuit. This race draws world class athletes and their families from around the world, but also brings hundreds, even thousands of local volunteers and spectators out in support of this event.

The Ironman triathlon is organized by Race Director Tom Guthrie, with coordination provided by Project St. Croix. In addition to the full Ironman 70.3, there is also a Sprint Triathlon in which many of our local athletes compete. The people of St. Croix band together for this event to show off our beautiful island to visiting athletes, and to show our support for our local participants.

St. Croix Ironman Triathlon

Last year approximately 750 athletes competed in this event. Thanks to family, supporters, and staff, there is an average of 2.5 people that come to the island for each athlete that participates in the event. When all is said and done, the Ironman brings approximately $1.6 million in revenue to the island of St. Croix! On a more personal note, I was thrilled to hear from Project St. Croix’s Mark Sperber  that many of the athletes that compete in the St. Croix Ironman say it is one of their favorite races because they love the island, and because the people here are so friendly and welcoming. I was just as please to hear that the staff over at Ironman also love this particular race because it is well organized and they don’t get complaints from any of the athletes regarding the St. Croix event.

Ironman Triathlon - Bike Staging Area

While competing in the Ironman is quite an athletic feat, what I find equally impressive is that hundreds of St. Croix residents and visitors volunteer to work the event! Almost 1,000 volunteers helped to make last year’s Ironman triathlon a success. On race day, hundreds of volunteers will: hand out water, provide medical assistance and first aid, maintain general course safety (there are divers, kayakers and boaters that watch the swim course), setup massage tents, and more. In addition to those that volunteer on race day, in the month leading up to the event volunteers will pick up trash and clear brush and debris from the course. Thanks to all of the volunteers involved, the cost for St. Croix to put on the Ironman event is less than half of what it costs many of the other Ironman triathlons locales to host their events.

Ironman Triathlon - Volunteers

Don’t miss your opportunity to participate in the biggest sporting and fitness event on the island, the St. Croix Ironman Triathlon! If you are a triathlete, come take on ‘The Beast’. But, for those of you that are not competitive athletes (like me), volunteer as race support, or just come out and be a spectator. Want to show your support for this island wide event? Here are some ideas on how you can help:

  • Contact the event coordinators by email at stcroixtri@yahoo.com, or call (340) 773-4470, and ask about official race day volunteer opportunities
  • Join a pre-race cleanup crew and help pick up trash and debris from the race course
  • Make signs with positive messages and/or cheer on the athletes as they run or bike through your area
  • Take pictures of the event with your mobile device and post them to Facebook (Captain Morgan Ironman 70.3 St. Croix), Twitter, Instagram, or other social media outlets to promote the event (Don’t forget to tag your photos #stcroix100!)
  • Come out for the Triathlon Jump Up in Christiansted the Friday before the race to show your community support
  • In true Crucian spirit, be welcoming, friendly, and helpful to our visiting athletes and their families

Ironman Triathlon - Spectators

The staff here at GoToStCroix.com would like to extend a warm welcome to all of the athletes competing in the St. Croix Ironman 70.3, as well as their families and support staff. We would also like to send a sincere ‘thank you’ to the sponsors of the St. Croix Ironman event, as well as all of the volunteers and spectators, for their amazing support of this world class sporting event. Let’s keep up the good work, St. Croix!

– Jennie Ogden, Editor
 
Editor’s Note: I am sad to report that 2017 will be the final year that the St. Croix Ironman 70.3 Triathlon event will take place. You can read more about the reasons why the event will no longer be taking place here in our Fitness blog The Final St. Croix Ironman 70.3 Triathlon.

 

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