The 2014 IRONMAN 70.3 Ballarat is about 25 minutes away from swim start from the Olympic Rings at Lake Wendouree.
Our Media Manager Daniel Hoy getting ready for a dip with his GoPro to film the swim start.
Councillor Samantha McIntosh City of Ballarat with the Read Coats ready for the inaugural start of IRONMAN 70.3 Ballarat. Great atmosphere down here.
The race officially started by The Red Coat gun fire for the Female and Male Pro Athletes.
Our male pros are about to exit the water. Our media manager is just back from getting some GoPro footage in the water and reports the water is clear and perfect for a fast swim.
Michael Raelert and Luke Bell look set to continue the freindship they kicked off at IRONMAN 70.3 Mandurah. They swam together there, then rode together before Raelert proved too strong on the run. Both have exited the water with Matt Bailey, and Josh Rix a minute back.
TOP MALE PROS - SWIM
1 Michael RAELERT (#1) 0:23:57
2 Luke BELL (#4) 0:24:08 +00:10
3 Matt BAILEY (#8) 0:24:10 +00:12
4 Josh RIX (#7) 0:25:05 +01:07
5 Benjamin HUGGETT (#10) 0:25:12 +01:14
6 Jamie HUGGETT (#9) 0:25:32 +01:34
7 Luke WHITMORE (#6) 0:29:15 +05:17
Germany's Madeleine Oldfield and Canadian Melanie McQuaid both out of the water together with German Mareen Hufe over a minute back.
First age grouper out of the swim is Hayden Armstrong in 28:10 just ahead of Colin O'Shea - both in the 35-39 years age group.
TOP FEMALE PROS - SWIM
1 Melanie MCQUAID (#22) 0:28:51
2 Madeleine OLDFIELD (#21) 0:28:52 +00:00
3 Mareen HUFE (#23) 0:30:21 +01:30
4 Jessica MITCHELL (#25) 0:31:36 +02:44
5 Kristy HALLETT (#24) 0:32:16 +03:24
6 Tracy DOUGLAS (#26) 0:35:12 +06:20
First female age grouper out of the 1.9km swim is Canberra's Ntasha Gerebtzoff in 31:58 which is sixth fastest overall. She is in the women's 40-44 age group.
Early into the bike and Michael Raelert and Luke Bell are out on their own with over a minute ahead of Victorian Matt Bailey.
At the 5km mark of the bike Madeleine Oldfield and Melanie McQuaid have extended their lead over Mareen Hufe by over 2 mins.
Michael Raelert and Luke Bell continue to extend their lead, both are world class athletes and racing like it. Their lead over former ITU turned 70.3 athlete Jamie Huggett is over 3 minutes.
At 28km on the bike Melanie McQuaid has taken the lead from Madeleine Oldfield. Oldfield race last weekend and may be feeling the pinch. The lead is over 1 min.
At the half way point of the bike Michael Raelert and Luke Bell continue to lead from local boy Jamie Huggett in third.
At the 45km turnaround Melanie McQuaid leads the female field by over two minutes back to Maddie Oldfield.
Age Groupers coming up to the 45km turnaround point, and will head out for their 2nd and final loop on the bike.
Michael Raelert and Luke Bell are making this race a one on one battle. Their lead over Jamie Huggett in third at the 73km mark is over 6mins.
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Michael Raelert hit the run leg with a 1:45 lead over Luke Bell, Raelert looked the fresher heading out of transition.
Jamie Huggett is over 7 mins down in third.
At the 73km of the bike Melanie McQuaid leads by 4 mins from Madeleine Oldfield in second and Mareen Hufe a further 1:38 back.
Through the first 2km of the run Michael Raelert was running at 3:38 per km, while Luke Bell was running 3:52 per km.
TOP PRO MEN OFF THE BIKE
1 Michael RAELERT (#1) 2:33:37
2 Luke BELL (#4) 2:35:23 +01:46
3 Jamie HUGGETT (#9) 2:40:50 +07:12
4 Josh RIX (#7) 2:44:48 +11:11
5 Matt BAILEY (#8) 2:48:20 +14:43
6 Luke WHITMORE (#6) 2:49:21 +15:44
7 Benjamin HUGGETT (#10) 2:51:08 +17:31