Memphis Will Host St. Jude Ironman 70.3 Triathlon in 2020

Memphis, Tenn. –The inaugural St. Jude Ironman 70.3 Memphis triathlon in 2020 will be hosted by Shelby Farms Park on Oct. 3, 2020, organizers have announced.

The 1.2-mile swim competition will be at Hyde Lake in the 4,500-acre urban park. The 56-mile cycling portion will wind its way through Fayette and Shelby counties. Racers will then return to Shelby Farms along the park’s gravel trails.

“Memphis will allow Ironman to deliver a world-class experience for athletes and their families,” said Keats McGonigal, senior regional director for The Ironman Group. “Memphis thrives as a tourism destination along with renowned medical care services for children through St. Jude and now we get to show it off as a triathlon destination.”

Officials at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital hope the event will bring in $500,000 for their mission next year. Memphis Tourism president Kevin Kane estimates the local economic impact from the triathlon could be $10 million.

Competitors at the event will vie for slots to compete at the 2021 Ironman 70.3 World Championship in St. George, Utah. Registration begins Dec. 10.

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