MEMPHIS, Tennessee — Do you have what it takes to be an IRONMAN competitor? You can find out by taking part in an IRONMAN event in Memphis this fall.
IRONMAN 70.3 Memphis, which is sponsored by St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, is set for Saturday, October 2, 2021. It begins with a 1.2 mile swim in Hyde Lake at Shelby Farms Park, continues with a 56 mile bike ride that swings into Fayette County, and ends with a half marathon (13.1 miles) run through Shelby Farms Park.
Here's how IRONMAN describes the course:
"This 1.2-mile spectator-friendly swim course begins on the northeast side of Hyde Lake and ends just in front of Hyde Lake Boat House. With the perimeter surrounded by a paved walkway, your family and friends are sure to spot you throughout your time in the water!
As you exit Shelby Farms Park, the single loop, 56-mile bike course offers plenty of scenery along the way. Ride through the rolling hills and embrace the southern charm as you ride out into Fayette County and back into Shelby Farms Park.
The 2 loop, 13.1 mile run within Shelby Farms Park will bring you around Hyde Lake and onto the popular Chickasaw Trail. While you’re running through the rolling and well-shaded trail, you’ll have lots of support along the way with ample spots for your family and friends to cheer you on!"
Here is how IRONMAN describes the event on their website:
“In its first year, St. Jude IRONMAN 70.3 Memphis will break ground for the inaugural event held in West Tennessee. As a late season race, athletes can expect an abundance of family activities in Memphis. With the event centered at Shelby Farms Park, there is something for everyone, even those not racing. From paddle boarding, to horseback riding, or playing on the Woodland Discovery Playground, everyone is sure to have a great time. St. Jude Children's Research Hospital ®️, headquartered in Memphis, is a proud partner of this inaugural event.”