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Previewing Ironman 70.3 Racine and 70.3 Lake Stevens

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Previewing Ironman 70.3 Racine

Jessica Jacobs is back to defend on Sunday July 21

Ironman 70.3 Racine is set to go on Sunday July 21 in Racine, Wisconsin.

Wisconsin native Jessica Jacobs is back to defend her title, while the men’s race will see a new champion for sure.

Jacobs will have to deal with Canadians Angela Naeth, Annie Gervais, and Sara Gross along with many other top notch women like Liz Blatchford, Laura Bennett, and Amanda Stevens to name a few. This will be fun to watch.

Pro Women

54 Anderson Christine
70 Arendt Jackie
69 Baker Kat
58 Baugher Liz
51 Bennett Laura
47 Blatchford Liz
66 Brennan Morrey Ruth
55 Chaffin Morgan
61 Chura Haley
65 Cleaver Anna
71 Clifford Ashley
48 Donavan Jessie
60 Gellatly April
67 Gervais Annie
52 Gross Sara
45 Jacobs Jessica
56 Kuck Missy
53 Morrison Catriona
46 Naeth Angela
62 Parker Jenna
68 Petersen Jillian
64 Ritchie Tami
49 Riveros Barbara
57 Schwabenbauer Kim
63 Smith Lesley
50 Stevens Amanda
59 Walsh Beth
72 Wohlers Lindsay

The men’s race is stocked with racers with impressive race resumes. Have a look at the start list below and you’ll see why this weekend’s race will be one to keep and eye on.

Pro Men

1 Ambrose Paul
33 Anderson Weslie
4 Bennett Greg
16 Bohach Adam
26 Boudreaux Chris
34 Brandon Barrett
32 Bretscher Daniel
13 Butterfield Tyler
21 Caiazzo Mike
19 Castillo Latorre Andres
36 Cochrane Simon
2 Docherty Bevan
15 Eicher Paul
22 Gerlach Thomas
12 Griffin Leon
14 Hagenbuch Henry
23 Jensen Martin
11 Kahlefeldt Brad
24 Kahn David
17 LaMastra James
5 McKenzie Luke
7 Millward Callum
37 Minnema Jimi
35 Moubayed Yves
18 Nathan Reeven
3 O’Donnell Tim
31 Park Justin
30 Pellow Matthew
28 Rau Ryan
8 Reed Tim
9 Reed Matt
10 Rhodes Bryan
6 Starykowicz Andrew
20 Sullivan Sean
25 Vasiliev Ivan
27 Vasiliev Denis
29 Wade Robbie

Athletes will take a point-to-point 1.2-mile swim along Lake Michigan’s North Beach. North Beach Park is open for practice during the season, weather permitting. Water temperature is typically less than 78F. The bike is an exciting 56-mile course through the scenic countryside of Racine County. This is a mostly rolling course with some steeper hills mixed in to challenge athletes. The 13.1, double out-and-back course features a tour of the Racine Zoo and the beautiful Lake Michigan coastline as athletes make their way toward the Racine Lighthouse to the turnaround at Shoop Park. The course is very flat and fast.

Previewing Ironman 70.3 Lake Stevens

Lake Stevens, Washington will see Canadians Nathan Killam (finished 12th last year) Melanie McQuaid, and Tenille Hoogland (was third last year) battling for the title on Sunday July 21.

Meredith Kessler and Luke Bell headline the professional fields.

Athletes will begin with a 1.2-mile swim from the public boat launch in downtown Lake Stevens. The moderately hilly 56-mile bike course traverses some of the most beautiful terrain in the Pacific Northwest. The race finishes with a run that goes beyond the downtown area and into the surrounding community.

Ironman.com will offer live coverage of both events.