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    Pro Men's Field:

    1 Rapp Jordan MPRO USA (United States)
    2 Al-Sultan Faris MPRO DEU (Germany)
    3 Daerr Justin MPRO USA (United States)
    4 Hoffman Ben MPRO USA (United States)
    5 McDonald Chris MPRO AUS (Australia)
    6 Raelert Andreas MPRO DEU (Germany)
    7 Russell Matthew MPRO USA (United States)
    8 Schildknecht Ronnie MPRO CHE (Switzerland)
    9 Del Corral Morales Victor MPRO ESP (Spain)
    10 Sanders Lionel MPRO CAN (Canada)
    11 Gomes Pedro MPRO PRT (Portugal)
    12 Becker Blake MPRO USA (United States)
    13 Botelho Raymond MPRO USA (United States)
    14 Brandon Barrett MPRO USA (United States)
    15 Brisindi Patrice MPRO CAN (Canada)
    16 Clarke Timothy MPRO USA (United States)
    17 Curbeau Matthew MPRO USA (United States)
    18 Delsaut Trevor MPRO FRA (France)
    19 Hanson Matt MPRO USA (United States)
    20 Hast Jarmo MPRO FIN (Finland)
    21 Holderbaum Chad MPRO USA (United States)
    22 Jurkiewicz Jeremy MPRO FRA (France)
    23 Kotland Peter MPRO CZE ( Czech Republic)
    24 Plese David MPRO SVN (Slovenia)
    25 Radevic Mario MPRO DEU (Germany)
    26 Schifferle Mike MPRO CHE (Switzerland)
    27 Shearon Jonathan MPRO USA (United States)
    28 Skipper Joe MPRO GBR (United Kingdom)
    29 Skipworth Todd MPRO AUS (Australia)
    30 Vazquez Jorge MPRO MEX (Mexico)
    31 Wheeler Patrick MPRO USA (United States)
    32 Schuster Patrick MPRO USA (United States)
    Pro Women's Field:

    40 Williamson Kelly WPRO USA (United States)
    41 Joyce Rachel WPRO GBR (United Kingdom)
    42 Cave Leanda WPRO GBR (United Kingdom)
    43 Abraham Corinne WPRO GBR (United Kingdom)
    44 Wurtele Heather WPRO CAN (Canada)
    45 Wee Bree WPRO USA (United States)
    46 Corbin Linsey WPRO USA (United States)
    47 Jackson Heather WPRO USA (United States)
    48 Lindholm Camilla WPRO SWE (Sweden)
    49 Naeth Angela WPRO CAN (Canada)
    51 Goos Sofie WPRO BEL (Belgium)
    52 Kristick Corrie WPRO USA (United States)
    53 Preston Rebecca WPRO AUS (Australia)
    54 Piampiano Sarah WPRO USA (United States)
    55 Anelauskas Kaitlin WPRO USA (United States)
    56 Basso Anne WPRO FRA (France)
    57 Blakemore Katy WPRO USA (United States)
    58 Grohmann Katharina WPRO DEU (Germany)
    59 Kozulina Tamara WPRO UKR (Ukraine)
    60 Mack Danielle WPRO USA (United States)
    61 Martineau Caroline WPRO CAN (Canada)
    62 McCauley Jocelyn WPRO USA (United States)
    63 Meyers Jessica WPRO USA (United States)
    64 Morrison Samantha WPRO USA (United States)
    65 Prystayko Olesya WPRO UKR (Ukraine)
    66 Tanaka Keiko WPRO JPN (Japan)
    67 van der Merwe Natasha WPRO USA (United States)
    68 Ritchie Tami WPRO USA (United States)

    Showdown in Texas

    "Everything is bigger in Texas" goes the saying, and the size and depth of the pro fields live up to the Lone Star State's mantra as The Woodlands, Texas prepares to host the 2015 Memorial Hermann IRONMAN  North American Championship Texas, presented by Waste Management, on Saturday.Featured men: Ben Hoffman, Faris Al-Sultan, Andreas Raelert,

    Chris McDonald Jordan Rapp, Lionel Sanders, Ronnie Schildknecht and
    Victor Del Corral Morales.

    Featured women:  Leanda Cave, Heather Wurtele, Rachel Joyce, Sofie Goos,  Kelly Williamson, Angela Naeth, Heather Jackson and Bree Wee. 

    "
    Who will Prevail in Texas?" (IRONMANLive pro preview)

    Full professional start list

    Follow the IRONMAN Texas race action here on IRONMAN.com and on Twitter at @IRONMANLive. Join the conversation using the hashtag #IMTX.

    Race start time: Saturday 6:25 a.m. CDT
    Follow the IRONMAN Texas race action here on IRONMAN.com and on Twitter at @IRONMANLive. Join the conversation using the hashtag #IMTX.
    Race start time: Saturday 6:25 a.m. CDT

    #FTW: Who will Prevail in Texas?

    IRONMAN.comIRONMAN Live hosts Matt Lieto and Michael Lovato pick the A-teams for this weekend's big championship.
    Good Morning from the Woodlands, Texas! And the pro men are off!
    With the women to follow...
    Leanda cave has moved to the start of the race early
    Rachel Joyce now in the lead at 200 m, Cave in second
    Todd Skipworth, Barrett Brandon, and Ben Hoffman have taken the lead of the men's race and are swimming in a pack of three in front. #IMTX
    The IRONMAN Texas Swim

    The point-to-point swim takes place in Lake Woodlands.
    Athletes will
    enter the water at North Shore Park and swim toward South Shore Park.

    After reaching the turn-around buoy, athletes will head back toward
    North Shore Park, turn slightly right and swim down the Lake Woodlands
    waterway system before finishing at Town Green Park, which will serve as
    the transition area.


    The swim will be a rolling start.
    Athletes will enter the water in a
    continuous stream through a controlled access point, similar to how
    running road races are started.
    An athlete’s times will start when they
    cross timing mats under the swim arch.
    Athletes will be directed to
    self-seed on race morning based on their projected swim time.
    Volunteers
    and staff will be in the staging area with signs and will assist with
    this process.
    Self-seeding will not be mandatory but will be encouraged.


    Age Group Athletes will begin to enter the water at 6:40 a.
    m. It is
    expected to take 25-30 minutes for all athletes to enter the water;
    everyone will be in the water by 7:10 a.
    m.

    Faris Al-Sultan is 2 seconds behind lead swim pack of three.
    With Jeremy Jurkiewicz close behind....and a 5 second gap to Ronnie Schildknect
    Our spotters, reporting from paddleboards, say the women's race is starting to spread out.
    At the 500 m mark, Joyce and Cave have a 13-second lead
    The top 5 men are within 15 seconds of one another, 6th is 25 seconds back, 7th at 30, with a main pack of 20 swimmers 2 minutes back.
    At #IMTX, Rachel Joyce is pushing the pace on the swim, with Leanda Cave nipping at her heels. A 3rd woman has bridged her early gap and is starting to catch Cave's heels.
    17 minutes into the swim, our lead group of 5 men still includes Skipworth, Brandon, Hoffman, Al-Sultan, and Jerkowicz. Raelert is 6th at 40 sec back
    Age groupers are not far from their swim start now
    Age-Groupers begin the 2.4 mile swim at #IMTX

    We've got a number on that mysterious third female lead-pack swimmer: Katy Blakemore. She's in some world champion company up at the front. #ITMX
    Cave has surpassed Rachel Joyce on the bike #IMTX
    Cave and Joyce are playing cat-and-mouse at the front. #IMTX
    Jeremy Jurkowicz is still at the front of the race, with Skipworth and Al-Sultan in 2nd and 3rd. #IMTX

    Great video from Julia Polloreno, our women's bike spotter.

    The humidity is high, and there's even some rain expected later in the day, which will offer some repreive for these hard-working athletes.
    Ben Hoffman and Andreas Raelert have just caught our race leaders. Hoffman is reported to be riding very strong, predicted at a 4:19 from @trainingpeaks #IMTX
    How will Jordan Rapp ride a 4:18:05 today? Take a look at the power plan created by BestBikeSplit.
    Hoffman and Raelert both raced IRONMAN St. Geroge 2 weeks ago. How much did those hard efforts take away from--or boost--these men's races today?
    Women: Bree Wee and Kelly Williamson are in 3rd and 4th. #IMTX
    Ben Hoffman has taken Jurkowicz's lead. He's sporting an aero helmet whereas lots of pros have chosen more ventilated helmets. #IMTX
    Men: Faris Al-Sultan in 2nd.
    #IMTX Leanda Cave, the 2012 IRONMAN world champion, is now riding at the front at mile 13.
    Ben Hoffman put in a big effort to take the lead. He averaged 300 watts over the past 15 minutes.
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