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    #IM703VINEMAN (Lee Gruenfeld) Such tranquility. To be totally shattered in about 22 hours.

    #IM703VINEMAN (Lee Gruenfeld) I'm, like, so totally looking forward to this race.

    #IM703VINEMAN (Lee Gruenfeld) Debbie and Shelly, from the LA Tri Club.

    #IM703VINEMAN (Lee Gruenfeld) Shaking off the cobwebs

    #IM703VINEMAN (Lee Gruenfeld) Loosening up after a 700-mile drive to get here

    #IM703VINEMAN (Lee Gruenfeld) One of eight mandatory race meetings held throughout the day

    #IM703VINEMAN (Lee Gruenfeld) Race announcer Eric Gilsenan, never too far from the best looking athletes

    Last light at the finish line...all is quiet and empty for now! We'll see everyone tomorrow morning at Johnson's... fb.me/6HylYPQoi

    #IM703VINEMAN (Lee Gruenfeld) Going to be an absolutely gorgeous day.

    #IM703VINEMAN (Lee Gruenfeld) Athletes marching 2 x 2…

    #IM703VINEMAN (Lee Gruenfeld) So where is Mirinda?

    #IM703VINEMAN (Lee Gruenfeld) Right here

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    #IM703VINEMAN (Lee Gruenfeld) Two tremendous legends: Craig Alexander and Mark Allen

    Good morning from Johnson's Beach. Some of the pro men getting ready. #703vineman http://pbs.twimg.com/media/CJt2q-_VAAAaWe8.jpg

    #IM703VINEMAN (Lee Gruenfeld) Mark Allen helping Tim O'Donnell get into his wetsuit

    And a few of our women pros. Almost ready to get this thing started. http://pbs.twimg.com/media/CJt3PprUwAAGEOR.jpg

    #IM703VINEMAN (Lee Gruenfeld) Race director Amy Latourette

    #IM703VINEMAN (Lee Gruenfeld) Nervous time

    An impressive group of pro athletes will be making their way to the world-famous wine regions of the Napa and Sonoma valleys this weekend to race. IRONMAN world champions Craig Alexander, Mirinda Carfrae and Leanda Cave will highlight the field, along with other high-caliber challengers to make for exciting racing on Sunday.

    Featured men: Craig Alexander, Tim O'Donnell, Mark Bowstead, Luke Bell, Matty Reed, Sammy Appleton, and Chris McDonald.
    Featured women: Mirinda Carfrae, Leanda Cave, Meredith Kessler, Heather Jackson, Tisseyre Magali, and Emma-Kate Lidbury.

    Full professional start list

    Follow the IRONMAN 70.3 Vineman race action here on IRONMAN.com and on Twitter at @IRONMANLive. Join the conversation using the hashtag #IM703Vineman.

    Race start time: Sunday, July 12: 7:00 a.m. CDT – 6:25 a.m. PDT
    Our pro men and women are off! There was a five minute gap between the two groups so we should be seeing a clean race today.
    Our pro men and women are off! There was a five minute gap between the two groups so we should be seeing a clean race today.

    #IM703VINEMAN (Lee Gruenfeld) Off go the men pros

    #IM703VINEMAN (Lee Gruenfeld) The women waiting to start

    The pro men are taking the swim out fast. Already creating a gap are Dahlz, Appleton, Collins, Collington, Bowstead & Montgomery #703vineman
    The pro men are taking the swim out fast. Already creating a gap are Dahlz, Appleton, Collins, Collington, Bowstead & Montgomery #703vineman

    #IM703VINEMAN (Lee Gruenfeld) Her highness

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    #IM703VINEMAN (Lee Gruenfeld) A finish arch made out of wine barrels. Only at Vineman!

    #IM703VINEMAN (Lee Gruenfeld) Plenty of amateur action. 26 waves in all.

    The lead pro men have made the turn. Same group is still leading. We have word there are a few more in that group but couldn't get numbers.

    #IM703VINEMAN (Lee Gruenfeld) Fans eagerly awaiting the first pros.

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    Kessler, Cocks, Brandon and Lawrence leading the women's race. #703vineman
    Kessler, Cocks, Brandon and Lawrence leading the women's race. #703vineman
    Our pro men are about to hit shore!
    Our pro men are about to hit shore!

    #IM703VINEMAN (Lee Gruenfeld) First out of the water, but a very tightly clustered group right behind

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    All the contenders in the lead group and includes crowie, Bell, Appleton, Collington, O'Donnell, Collins, Bowstead, Tollakson, Dahlz, Montgomery, Rosas and Reed
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