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IRONMAN 70.3 California Oceanside

  • Expo time! #tiutri #tiuteam @sugarshela

  • Gorgeous sunset in Oceanside tonight! #nofilter #sunset #oceanside #itsgotime #staysexy #IM703Cali #bigsexyracing

  • This view. Surreal. #Oceanside #Cali #nofilter #sunset #IM703Cali

  • Pro Triathlete @Andy_Potts talks about his inspiration at the @IRONMANtri Operation Rebound luncheon #IM703Cali http://pbs.twimg.com/media/CBILnmQUwAA9mjV.jpg

  • We're interviewing SUGOI pro athletes at the @ironmantri expo #IM703Cali - @cjwurf is "looking forward" to getting tougher when switching from a bike to a tri chamois tomorrow! We'll be cheering you on Cam! #TeamSugoi #sugoitri

  • This athlete is Iron Made & all checked in, ready for tomorrow!!! #IM703Cali #ironmantri #ironmantraining #ourdaddyisanironman #rawthreads

  • Check in for Ironman 70.3 California #IM703Cali #ironmantraining

  • IRONMAN 70.3 California Oceanside typically showcases one of the
    strongest pro fields of the year.
    With $60,000 and 750 points on the
    line, along with the prestige of capturing a win in the heart of
    triathlon country, this race is always hotly contested.

    Featured men: Five-time winner Andy Potts, Jan
    Frodeno, Matty Reed, Lionel Sanders, Brent McMahon, Jesse Thomas, David
    Kahn, Trevor Wurtele, Christian Kemp and Kevin Collington.


    Feature women: Heather Wurtele, Angela Naeth, Magali
    Tisseyre, Mel McQuaid, Heather Jackson, Michelle Vesterby, Emma-Kate
    Lidbury, Rachel McBride and Sarah Piampiano.

    Complete pro start list
    Event website

    Follow the IRONMAN 70.3 California race action here on IRONMAN.com and on Twitter at @IRONMANLive. Join the conversation using the hashtag #IM703Cali

    Race start time: Saturday, March 28: 6:40 a.m. Pacific – 9:40 a.m. Eastern 

  • Go Canada!! #im703cali selfie with some of the super athletes racing tmrw (sorry cliff and Barry- I cut your heads off 😁)

  • #anythingispossible for this kid! So proud! #breakawaytraining #IM703Cali #swimbikerun #run #ironkids #run #trihood #trainwithheart #futureathlete #newgeneration #hellobetter #newton #LCH #fitfam

  • Thanks to the #IRONKIDS for filling me with energy! Tomorrow it's my turn and I can't wait! #IM703Cali #overandout http://pbs.twimg.com/media/CBJuleVVEAAQYhE.jpg

  • Welcome to the 2015 accenture Ironman 70.3 California Oceanside. We're just over 30 minutes from our men's pro start, to be followed 3 minutes later by the pro women. There's a deep & talented field assembled for the kick off race of the North American season.
  • Conditions look to be ideal for some great racing. The water temperature this morning is a balmy 67 degrees and the air temperature is already in the low 60's and we're expecting a clear, sunny day approaching temps in the low 80's.
  • Both our defending champions & course record holders, Jan Frodeno & Heather Wurtele are here to defend their titles. 2014 runner up and 5 time winner Andy Potts is racing & hungry to reclaim this title. Womens 2014 runner up and 2013 champion Heather Jackson is also looking for another victory here.
  • The pro men have entered the water and are swimming out to the start bouys. Expect Andy Potts & Jan Frodeno to go to the front and lead this race out early.
  • The pro women have now entered the water and are swimming up to the line behind the men. They will go off 3 minutes after the men.
  • Meredith Kessler and Julia Polloreno are 2 of our spotters out there today

  • There are several sea lions swimming around the start area, checking out all the activity.
  • There's the horn, the pro men are underway
  • And the pro women are off. Here we go!
  • The first of 21 age group waves has just started. They will be going off at 3 minute intervals for the next hour to get nearly 3000 athletes out on the course today.
  • Purple Wave about to start M45-49

  • The leaders of the pro men's field are in sight. There are 3 swimmers with a gap of about 25 meters on a chase pack of 3 and then it's over 100 meters back to the field.
  • A heavy fog bank is rolling into the harbor. We can barely see the boats across the other side now.
  • Mens Swim Leaders Coming in

  • Andy Potts makes his trademark fast transition and is first out of T1 and onto the bike course.
  • Jan Frodeno and another athlete who's number we couldn't catch are in quick pursuit of Potts
  • getting lined up to enter the start area for the swim

  • A group of 8 pro women have just exited the swim together.
  • Our spotter is reporting that the fog on the early miles of the bike course is so heavy that they are having difficulty seeing.
  • TOP 20 Pro Men - Out Of Swim

    1 22:44 2 Andy Potts USA
    2 22:46 0:02 23 Frederic Belaubre FRA
    3 22:48 0:04 1 Jan Frodeno DEU
    4 23:13 0:30 14 David Kahn USA
    5 23:18 0:35 4 Brent McMahon CAN
    6 23:23 0:40 8 Paul Matthews AUS
    7 23:26 0:42 17 Kevin Collington USA
    8 24:08 1:24 18 Leon Griffin AUS
    9 24:09 1:25 35 Matt Franklin NZL
    10 24:09 1:26 13 Christian Kemp AUS
    11 24:13 1:29 49 Maik Twelsiek DEU
    12 24:44 2:00 43 Taylor Reid CAN
    13 24:45 2:01 32 Guillaume Doree FRA
    14 24:48 2:04 10 Trevor Wurtele CAN
    15 24:50 2:06 24 Chris Berg AUS
    16 24:50 2:07 5 Ronnie Schildknecht CHE
    17 26:04 3:21 6 Jesse Thomas USA
    18 26:08 3:24 36 Derek Garcia USA
    19 26:36 3:52 40 Stephen Kilshaw CAN
    20 26:52 4:08 19 Chris Bagg USA
  • TOP 17 Pro Women - Out Of Swim

    1 24:51 60 Jennifer Spieldenner USA
    2 24:52 0:01 71 Holly Lawrence GBR
    3 24:54 0:03 69 Alicia Kaye USA
    4 25:18 0:27 87 Charlotte Morel FRA
    5 25:19 0:28 90 Magali Tisseyre CAN
    6 25:22 0:31 68 Laurel Wassner USA
    7 25:22 0:31 80 Christina Jackson USA
    8 25:24 0:33 67 Rebeccah Wassner USA
    9 25:50 1:00 77 Emily Cocks USA
    10 26:05 1:15 63 Carrie Lester AUS
    11 26:07 1:16 61 Emma-Kate Lidbury GBR
    12 26:40 1:49 55 Heather Wurtele CAN
    13 26:41 1:51 59 Michelle Vesterby DNK
    14 26:44 1:53 73 Kaitlin Anelauskas USA
    15 27:07 2:17 56 Heather Jackson USA
    16 27:09 2:18 70 Rachel McBride CAN
    17 27:11 2:21 58 Angela Naeth CAN
  • TOP 20 Pro Men - Out Of T-1

    1 25:00 2 Andy Potts USA
    2 25:03 0:04 23 Frederic Belaubre FRA
    3 25:06 0:06 1 Jan Frodeno DEU
    4 25:30 0:30 4 Brent McMahon CAN
    5 25:30 0:31 8 Paul Matthews AUS
    6 25:41 0:42 14 David Kahn USA
    7 25:53 0:54 17 Kevin Collington USA
    8 26:20 1:20 18 Leon Griffin AUS
    9 26:27 1:28 13 Christian Kemp AUS
    10 26:38 1:38 35 Matt Franklin NZL
    11 26:48 1:49 49 Maik Twelsiek DEU
    12 27:07 2:08 5 Ronnie Schildknecht CHE
    13 27:13 2:14 43 Taylor Reid CAN
    14 27:16 2:17 32 Guillaume Doree FRA
    15 27:23 2:23 10 Trevor Wurtele CAN
    16 27:29 2:30 24 Chris Berg AUS
    17 28:17 3:17 6 Jesse Thomas USA
    18 28:26 3:27 36 Derek Garcia USA
    19 29:22 4:22 7 Lionel Sanders CAN
    20 29:24 4:24 40 Stephen Kilshaw CAN
  • Canadian Lionel Sanders is out of T1 4:22 back of Potts. Sanders has a lethal bike/run combo that makes him a real threat today.
  • Holly Lawrence of GBR lead the pro women out of T1
  • Fog at Mile 5 for the Pros cant even see them!

  • Down in Oceanside for the @ironmantri Oceanside 70.3 half ironman. Get after it @andy_potts! #IM703Cali #Oceanside #IMCali #Ironman #IM703 #Ironman703

  • Heather Jackson was only 2:17 down from the leaders out of the swim. With her bike/run combo that puts her in great position today.
  • Our men's spotter at mile 5 reports that Andy Potts is leading with Frodeno, Frederic Belaubre riding behind him. Brent McMahon is at 15 seconds, Paul Mattews at 30 seconds. The next group of chasers are between 1:15 and 2:00 back
  • Pro Men in the fog

  • TOP 20 Pro Women - Out Of T-1

    1 27:13 71 Holly Lawrence GBR
    2 27:36 0:23 69 Alicia Kaye USA
    3 27:40 0:28 60 Jennifer Spieldenner USA
    4 27:56 0:44 87 Charlotte Morel FRA
    5 28:01 0:48 90 Magali Tisseyre CAN
    6 28:07 0:55 80 Christina Jackson USA
    7 28:08 0:55 68 Laurel Wassner USA
    8 28:13 1:01 67 Rebeccah Wassner USA
    9 28:39 1:26 77 Emily Cocks USA
    10 28:52 1:40 61 Emma-Kate Lidbury GBR
    11 28:54 1:41 63 Carrie Lester AUS
    12 29:22 2:09 59 Michelle Vesterby DNK
    13 29:24 2:12 55 Heather Wurtele CAN
    14 29:27 2:14 56 Heather Jackson USA
    15 29:30 2:18 70 Rachel McBride CAN
    16 29:34 2:21 58 Angela Naeth CAN
    17 30:10 2:58 73 Kaitlin Anelauskas USA
    18 31:06 3:53 57 Melanie McQuaid CAN
    19 32:27 5:14 66 Laura Siddall GBR
    20 32:33 5:21 65 Sarah Piampiano USA
  • The Pro Women at Mile 5- Holly Lawrence has a 38 second lead over Magali Tisseyre followed by Alicia Kaye, Jennifer Spieldenner and Charlotte Morel. @ 1:40 back.
  • Men at Mile 10 - Andy Potts continues to lead, followed by Frodeno, Brent McMahon and Belaubre. 30 seconds back is a chase pack containing Matthews, Kemp, Weiss, Schildknecht & Kahn.
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