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Ironman triathlon in St. George coincides with release of anticipated Iron Man 3

The ironclad superhero flies through the sky, builds his own weapons and saves the world. He's known around the US as Iron Man.

But St. George recognizes the word differently than a three-part movie series. The Southern Utah city holds a competition every year called Ironman 70.3.

On May 4 the triathlon and the release of Iron Man 3 coincided perfectly. While participants stood in the registration line, a burgundy banner posted in the background advertised the release of the new movie.

The triathlon included a 1.2 mile swim, 56 mile bike ride and 13.1 mile run.

“What better timing, you can’t ask for more,” said Marc Mortensen, the city manager for St. George. “Robert Downey Jr., he’s a fake iron man. These are the real iron men and women. These are the real competitors, these are the ones earning the title. One hundred percent, this is the real deal right here in St. George, Utah.

The race also acts as a lead up to the Ironman World Championship held in Las Vegas on September 8.