The Memorial Hermann Ironman 70.3 Texas will be on April 25 at Galveston Island. The event which was formerly known as Ironman 70.3 Lone Star boasts a prize purse of $75,000. This lured several Ironman world champions and Olympic silver and bronze medalists. Top age group and pro finishers will be included for the 50 slots available for the 2010 Foster Grant Ironman world Championship 70.3.
The men’s race highlights the presence of Andy Potts who won the Ironman 70.3 New Orleans, Terenzo Bozzone and Chris Lieto who was runner up for 2009 Ford Ironman World Championsip. Richie Cunningham of Australia will also be there as with many other premiere triathletes. The winner of the race will definitely have his work cut out for him.
The women’s race is just as bit as high profile as with the men’s line-up. Karin Thurig of Switzerland is present. Thurig was a two-time bronze medalist at the Olympics and has wins at Ironman France, Ironman Switzerland, Ironman Lanzrote and Ironman 70.3 Monaco. Leanda Cave of England and Pip Taylor of Australia will also be in the roster. Joanna Zeiger, 2008 Foster Grant Ironman 70.3 World Champion will be there to fight off the likes of Michelli Jones, 2006 Ford Ironman World Champion and silver medalist at the 2000 Olympic Games Triathlon. Jones also has more than 160 wins in different course distances.
The age-group field will also be just as strong as the pro field. The host for the athletes will be Moody Gardens Hotel, Spa and Convention Center. The swim course will be at the Offats Bayou. The bike course will run along the Texas coastline. The flat run course will give the athletes a scenic view of tropical gardens and glass pyramids.
The list of registered pros competing are: