Tune in all weekend for dynamic racing at the IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship in Chattanooga, Tennessee.
The professional women’s race will begin at approximately 7:30 a.m. EST (8:30PM GMT+8) on Saturday, September 9th and the professional men’s race will begin at approximately 7:30 a.m. (8:30PM GMT+8) EST on Sunday, September 10th. The age-group waves will begin approximately 8 minutes after the pros hit the water.
Some predictions for the women’s race from Ironman.com:
Once onto the hilly and humid run course, I expect to see Lawrence run away with the victory. Second place will go to the two-time IRONMAN 70.3 world champion, Daniela Ryf.
Third place will go to Helle Frederiksen, and in fourth we’ll see Laura Philip, whose run speed and recent hot streak make her a valid threat to the podium.
Jeanni Seymour will round out the top five. It’s difficult to say Heather Jackson is a dark horse, but with the possibility of a heavy Kona training load slowing her down, it’s tough to know if she’ll be in top IRONMAN 70.3 form.
Prediction for men’s race from Ironman.com:
In short, Javier Gomez (ESP) will win.
The only athlete who will be close to Gomez is Sebastian Kienle (DEU), who will take yet another second place. Tim Don (GBR) will find enough speed within his Kona build to find the third spot on the podium, while fourth place will go to last year’s winner Tim Reed (AUS). Fifth place will go to Sam Appleton (AUS), who is enjoying an impressive season of racing so far. There are two dark horses in the men’s race: Ben Kanute (USA), and Mauricio Mendez Cruz (MEX).
Follow the race
Leading up to and throughout the race, athletes, media, and organizers will be all over social media, so don’t get left out of the conversation.
- For major race updates and awesome photos follow along on @IRONMANtri on Twitter.
- For up-to-date race standings follow @ironmanlive on Twitter.
- Follow the official race Twitter and Instagram accounts @IRONMANTri
- Use #IM703WC and #IM703WC on Twitter and Instagram to join the conversation.
- Check out the IRONMAN Cairns Facebook page.