On Sunday in Knoxville, Tennessee, the much awaited first race of the Rev3 Triathlon Series is to be officially launched. It will be highlighting an Olympic distance and a half Ironman distance race out on the short course to be competed by professionals.
Winners on of the race on both men and women categories, will get the chance to race in the Rev3 Half Ironman distance race on June 6 in Quassy, Connecticut. Anybody who wins the three Rev3 Triathlon Series races, the two winners will be vying for the prize money of $150,000.
To spice up the competition, one tough cookie from New Zealand is Terenzo Bozzone, a late entry to Knoxville and has competed in the Ironman 70.3 New Orleans placing second and won first place in the Texas and St. Croix Ironman 70.3’s in the last three weeks. Other topnotch athletes competing for the $50,000 money bag are Stuart Hayes of Britain, Joe Gambles and Richie Cunningham of Australia and Andrew Yoder, Andrew Starykowicz, TJ Tollakson and Brian Fleischmann of USA.
The usual favorites in the women’s are Julie Dibens of Britain who dominated the Long Distance Wildflower Triathlon last weekend; Mary Beth Ellis of USA, who is competing again in two weeks after finishing third at the Escape from Alcatraz Triathlon and fellow American Rebeccah Wassner. Dibens is looking for her two-in-a-row in Knoxville. In addition to the list of tough competitors are Samantha Warriner of New Zealand, Pip Taylor of Australia and Americans Laurel Wassner, Dede Griesbauer and Amanda Lovato.
For the men’s category, the contenders are Matt Reed, Cameron Dye and Chris Lieto of USA. Last April 25, Dye came off with a big win at the St. Anthony’s Triathlon this year, while Lieto and Reed were neck to neck earlier this year at the Miami International Triathlon where Lieto grabbed the second place from Reed.