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Race Weekend Preview: From Lake Tahoe To Beijing

  • By Bethany Mavis
  • Published Sep 20, 2013
Photo: Rev3

Rev3 Branson

Sunday, Sept. 22, 2013 – Branson, Missouri
1.2-mile swim, 56-mile bike, 13.1-mile run//1500-meter swim, 25-mile bike, 6.2-mile run

This Sunday’s inaugural Rev3 Branson will feature both Olympic- and half-iron-distance races. The races will start with a swim in the crystal-clear Lake Table Rock, then move to a closed-road bike course along scenic highways with mountain views and some technical ascents and descents. The run course will have athletes wind through historic downtown Branson for great spectator viewing.

Pro Race
Professional triathletes will be competing on the HalfREV (half-iron-distance) course for their share in the $50,000 prize purse. Both the men’s and women’s races are pretty open. Top competitors for the title include Kevin Collington (USA), who’s had a great season with second place at the competitive Ironman 70.3 St. George and is fresh off a sixth-place finish at 70.3 worlds; Leon Griffin (AUS), a multiple 70.3 podium finisher and winner of the 2013 Rev3 Maine (an Olympic-distance race); Ben Hoffman (USA), who broke the course record at Ironman Coeur d’Alene this summer; and Eric Limkemann (USA), the Rev3 Williamsburg Half champion. Other top athletes who could make the podium include 2012 Rev3 Series champion Richie Cunningham (AUS) and David Thompson (USA).

In the women’s race, Kelly Williamson (USA) is probably the woman to beat, as she won the half-iron-distance Rev3 Williamsburg earlier this season and was the runner-up at the 2012 Ironman 70.3 World Championship. Other top competitors include Olympic-distance non-drafting specialists Rebeccah and Laurel Wassner (USA); two-time 70.3 champion Tenille Hoogland (CAN); and Radka Vodickova (CZE).

Pro Men
Andreas Dreitz (GER)
Ben Hoffman (USA)
Chris Leiferman (USA)
Dan Hedgecock (USA)
Dan McIntosh (USA)
Daniel Tigert (USA)
David Thompson (USA)
Eric Limkemann (USA)
Jared Milam (USA)
Jeff Paul (USA)
Kevin Collington (USA)
Kyle Leto (USA)
Leon Griffin (AUS)
Mario de Elias (ARG)
Michael Poole (NZL)
Mike Caiazzo (USA)
Nick Brodnicki (USA)
Paul Eicher (USA)
Richie Cunningham (AUS)
Ritchie Nicholls (GBR)
Robert Duncan (USA)
Steve Rosinski (USA)
Thomas Maliszewski III (USA)
Viktor Zyemstev (UKR)

Pro Women
Emily Cocks (USA)
Janet Edwards (USA)
Jennifer Speildenner (USA)
Jennifer Tetrick (USA)
Jessica Jones (USA)
Kathy Rakel (USA)
Kelly Williamson (USA)
Laurel Wassner (USA)
Lesley Smith (USA)
Malaika Homo (USA)
Megan Riepma (USA)
Nina Kraft (GER)
Rachel McBride (CAN)
Radka Vodickova (CZE)
Rebecca Witinok-Huber (USA)
Rebeccah Wassner (USA)
Sue Huse (CAN)
Tenille Hoogland (CAN)

RELATED: Rev3 Adds Branson To 2013 Schedule

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Bethany Mavis

Bethany Mavis

Bethany Mavis is the associate editor for Triathlete and Inside Triathlon magazines. She received her B.A. in journalism from Point Loma Nazarene University and is a multiple half-marathon finisher.

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