Male Professional Athletes
1 MPRO A BOZZONE Terenzo
2 MPRO A REED Tim
3 MPRO A BROWN Cameron
4 MPRO A ALEXANDER Craig
5 MPRO A VAN BERKEL Tim
6 MPRO A AMBROSE Paul
7 MPRO A SEEAR James
9 MPRO A GRIFFIN Leon
10 MPRO A LAMPE Joe
12 MPRO A BOWSTEAD James
13 MPRO A BOWSTEAD Mark
14 MPRO A COCHRANE Simon
15 MPRO A ELLICE Clark
16 MPRO A FRANKLIN Matt
17 MPRO A HULTGREN Marcus
18 MPRO A MCNEICE Dylan
19 MPRO A MILLWARD Callum
21 MPRO A READ Carl
22 MPRO A RIX Josh
23 MPRO A SMITH Reilly
24 MPRO A STABRYLA Leigh
Female Professional Athletes
31 FPRO B LUXFORD Annabel
32 FPRO B KESSLER Meredith
33 FPRO B CRAWFORD Gina
35 FPRO B WATKINSON Amelia
36 FPRO B BOHLIN Amanda
37 FPRO B BURKE Melanie
39 FPRO B COOGAN Kym
41 FPRO B GRANT Julia
42 FPRO B HALLETT Kristy
44 FPRO B RUSSELL Anna
Welcome to IRONMAN 70.3 Auckland. The elites are due to start at 6.15am local time. Current temperature in Auckland 19c rising to 28c later today.
Women's elites start at 6.18am. Meredith Kessler of the USA, the 2014 IRONMAN NZ champ, will be a key name to watch out for.
The men's elite race looks like a fascinating Trans-Tasman battle between New Zealand and Australia. Watch out for IRONMAN legends Kiwi Cameron Brown and Aussie Craig Alexander - flying the flag for the 40-somethings.
The first age groups (male 30-34) will be off at 6.25am with the final group away the Teams beginning their 70.3 quest at 7.25am.
A gloriously sunny day predicted in Auckland (28c). So reach for the sunblock.
Only a few minutes now to the start of the men's elite race at IRONMAN 70.3 Auckland
Men's elite field is underway for what should be a cracking @IM703AUCKLAND #im703Auckland
Other names to look out for in the men's elite race; Local boy Terenzo Bozzone and Aussie duo Tim Reed and Tim van Berkel
Meredith Kessler - an outstanding swimmer - is believed to have already opened a significant early lead in the women's race
Lead men have already rounded the fourth buoy with Dylan McNeice and Joe Lampe believed to be prominent.
The women's elite field is already massively splintered.
Kessler has already caught and passed some of the male elite stragglers.
The elite men now entering the final phase of the swim.
First out of the water in men's elite @dylanmcneice from @jamesseear
Matt Franklin is third out and Clark Ellice fourth. with the big shot names close behind
Predictably @mbkessler is first out of the water in women's elite race
Kiwi @Gina_Crawford is now out of the water lying second in women's elite race
We'll be receiving the first bike splits at 13.8km - the highest point on the course.by Constellation Station
Swim splits for the first four; Dylan McNeice 23:14, James Seear 23:16, Matt Franklin 23:46 and Ellice Clark 23:49
Craig Alexander 24:20 and Cameron Brown 24:29 out of the water
Women's swim splits for first three; Kessler 25:22, Crawford 26:40 and Watkinson 27:19
@mbkessler holds a 1:18 lead from @Gina_Crawford after the swim leg
At 14km mark on the bike a lead group of 12 containing @chuckibrown @CrowieAlexander #im703Auckland
Surprisingly not in the lead group and more than two minutes down are Tim van Berkel and Terenzo Bozzone
Alongside Alexander and Brown also in the lead group are Mark Bowstead, Reed, Ellice, Millward, Ambrose, McNiece, Seear, Franklin, Griffin and Lampe
At 14km on the bike Kessler holds an 1:18 advantage from Crawford with Watkinson 2:10 down on the leader in the women's elite race. Anna Russell (3:35) down is fourth with Bohlin (4:42) in fifth
Next men's bike splits at 28.2km. Will the 12-strong lead group still be in tact?
Reports from the course say @CrowieAlexander holds a six-second lead at 28km on the bike @CrowieAlexander
Correction. The lead is believed to be 11 seconds from a chasing pack containing Cameron Brown and at least seven riders.
Bozzone 5:41 and Van Berkel 5:45 back from the leader at 28km on the bike.
New race leader in the women's race at 28km @Gina_Crawford leads @mbkessler by two seconds
Third in the women's race; 1:36 back at 28km is Amelia Watkinson.
Mark Bowstead has pushed ahead on the bike in the men's race.
@MBowstead is through 44km on the bike holding a 40 second lead from a group of ten
In the chasing group Ellice, McNeice, Ambrose, Alexander, Millward, Reed, Brown, Franklin, Griffin and Seear. Joe Lampe 3:09 down is next.