Inaugural Rev3 Williamsburg’s Pro Lineup

  • By Bethany Mavis
  • Published Jun 20, 2013
  • Updated Jul 30, 2013 at 5:51 PM UTC
Richie Cunningham. Photo: Rev3

This Sunday, pros will compete for their share of a $50,000 prize purse plus $5,000 in primes at the inaugural Rev3 Williamsburg in Virginia. Just steps away from Colonial Williamsburg, pros will be racing the HalfREV, which features a 1.2-mile swim in the James River, a 56-mile bike course through the Virginia countryside and a 13.1-mile run before a finish on the campus of the College of William and Mary, the second oldest college in the nation. Age-group athletes will be competing in both the half-iron and the Olympic-distance races. This is the third stop in Rev3’s nine-race pro series in 2013.

Looking at the start list, the men’s race has no clear winner. The top contenders include 2012 Rev3 Series champion and recent Rev3 Quassy runner-up Richie Cunningham of Australia and American Andrew Starykowicz, a multiple Rev3 champion and the 2011 series winner. Starykowicz is known for his speed on the bike—he recorded the best ever Ironman bike split late last year—but he had a rough race at Rev3 Quassy earlier this month, when GI problems dropped him from first out of T2 to 11th at the finish. Other strong athletes include American Eric Limkemann, who will likely be first out of the water, and American Kevin Collington, who was the runner-up in the stacked field at the Ironman 70.3 U.S. Pro Championship in St. George last month. Also, Brit James Hadley, who was recently the runner-up at Ironman 70.3 Kansas, and American David Thompson have great shots at making the podium.

On paper, the women’s race seems to have a clear favorite in American Kelly Williamson, who was the runner-up at the Ironman 70.3 World Championship last year. Her biggest threat for the top of the podium is American Lauren Goss, who’s in the middle of her best season yet. As both women are strong on the swim, it could be a show-down on the bike and run between Goss’ short-course speed and Williamson’s veteran racing experience. Other podium contenders include Americans Malaika Homo, Jessica Jacobs and Jessica Jones, and Canadian Tenille Hoogland.

The pros are excited to take on this course in its inaugural year: “I’m really excited to be racing in such a historical place,” said Cunningham in a press release. “I can’t believe no one has ever put on a race here.”

“I actually visited Williamsburg as a kid, one of our family vacations,” said Williamson in a press release. “This race is unique in that these events don’t often happen in historical towns such as Williamsburg.” Williamson might have an extra advantage in this race, as she’ll have family members coming from Virginia and South Carolina to watch. “When you can race and see family, it’s always an added bonus,” she said.

Richie Cunningham (AUS)
Andrew Starykowicz (USA)
Eric Limkemann (USA)
David Thompson (USA)
Lionel Sanders (CAN)
James Haycraft (USA)
Kyle Leto (USA)
Darby Thomas (FIN)
Nick Brodnicki (USA)
Matthew Pellow (AUS)
Tom Eickelberg (USA)
Kevin Collington (USA)
Matthew Wisthoff (USA)
Thomas Maliszewski III (USA)
Jack Smith (USA)
Tom Wood (USA)
Dan McIntosh (USA)
Steve Rosinski (USA)
Trevor Delsaut (FRA)
Rich Allen (GBR)
James Hadley (GBR)

Kelly Williamson (USA)
Kristi Johnson (USA)
Malaika Homo (USA)
Lauren Goss (USA)
Anne Fallows (GBR)
Tenille Hoogland (CAN)
Janet Edwards (USA)
Hallie Blunck (USA)
Jessica Jacobs (USA)
Jessica Jones (USA)
Jennifer Tetrick (USA)
Lesley Smith (USA)
Kelzie Beebe (USA)
Anne Basso (FRA)
Michelle Mighdoll (USA)
Margaret Shapiro (USA)

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Bethany Mavis

Bethany Mavis

Bethany Mavis is the managing editor of Triathlete magazine. She's a mom, rec soccer player, multiple half-marathon finisher and is learning daily how to become a better triathlete.

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