Ironman 70.3 Subic Announces Strong Pro Start List
Sunrise Events Incorporated, license holder for the Ironman brand in the Philippines, has announced a very strong Pro line-up that will compete in Sunday’s Ironman 70.3 Subic. This is arguably one of the deepest batch of professional triathletes that will compete in an Ironman 70.3 event in the Asian racing circuit.
The race will start along the beach of ACEA resort in Subic Bay, with the bike course featuring a closed part of the SCTEx freeway and finishing with a run inside the freeport zone of Subic.
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Men’s Pro Start List
The race will feature returning champ and multiple Ironman world champion Craig Alexander (AUS). He will be challenged by current Ironman 70.3 World Champion Tim Reed (AUS). Another former world champion in the list is 2-time Ironman 70.3 world champion (2009-2010) Michael Raelert of Germany. Other contenders who in the past have won Ironman/IM70.3 titles are Ritchie Nicholls (GBR), Ruedi Wild (CHE), Tim Van Berkel (AUS), Guy Crawford (NZL) and Kyle Buckingham (ZAF).
See related: 2016 Ironman 70.3 Subic Bay: Best Photos – Pro Race
Women’s Start List
The women’s race will feature the return of the podium placers at last year’s edition. The lean but competitive field will see defending champion Caroline Steffen of Switzerland aiming for a repeat championship performance. Challenging Steffen will be last year’s runner-up Radka Kahlefeldt (CZE) and 2-time 3rd placer of this event, Dimity Lee-Duke of Australia. The rest of the list who can contend for podium spots are Kate Belivaqua (AUS), 2016 champion in Ironman 70.3 Bintan and Imogen Simmonds (CHE), in his first Ironman race as a Pro and after winning the Golden Triangle Tri just this weekend. The rest of the list are: Imke Oelerich (DEU) racing out of Thanyapura in Phuket and Australian Sarah Lester.
all photos from Sunrise Events Inc.
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