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.
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.
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.