May 7, 2017, is the 29th St. Croix Triathlon, and the 17th and final running (and swimming and biking!) of the Ironman 70.3 St. Croix. The race is nicknamed “Beauty and the Beast” because of the breathtaking scenery around each corner combined with the challenge of climbing “The Beast” by bicycle.
There are a few options for participation in the big race:
- Ironman 70.3
- Military 70.3
- Ironman 70.3 Relay
- Sprint Relay
Or you can volunteer. The Triathlon is 100% volunteer run, which is unique to other Ironman host locations. The Police Department and Department of Public Works also support the event.
The triathlon started as America’s Paradise Triathlon back in 1988. Then, in 2001, the Ironman franchise officially sanctioned the race and it became the Ironman 70.3 St. Croix. Back then, there were only 10 Ironman races in the world — now there are 200!
Unfortunately, as Ironman got bigger, St. Croix’s Ironman World Championship qualifying slots got moved to another race and participation began to decline. Last year 251 athletes swam, biked and ran our beautiful island.
If you see an triathlete this weekend, give them a word of encouragement. And always remember to watch for and share the road with cyclists and runners. GOOD LUCK, TRIATHLETES!