According to race director Tom Guthrie, the announcement that Lance Armstrong is joining the field, this year’s St. Croix Ironman triathlon may be the most anticipated in the race’s 24-year history.
Better known as a cyclist, the 40 year-old Armstrong is attempting to relaunch his athletic career by breaking into the world of triathlon, a sport he practiced as a young man.
Armstrong will be facing several past champions, including American Andy Potts and New Zealander Terrenzo Bozzone, who won the Ironman 70.3 World Championships in 2007 and 2008 respectively. Ukrainian Maxim Kriat, who won the St. Croix Ironman last year, is also in the race.
According to Guthrie, the St. Croix race is a popular steppingstone to the World Championships.
The St. Croix Ironman will begin at 7a.m. on May 6, at the Hotel on the Cay. Athletes will first complete a 1.2 mile swim around Christiansted harbor, before embarking on a 56 mile bike race that will loop the island, from Cane Bay in the east, all the way to Grapetree Bay in the west. The final leg will be a 13.1 mile run, that will have contestants running from Christiansted to the Buccaneer Hotel, and back again.