It was nearly a year ago that three-time Ironman World Champion Chrissie Wellington set the world record for fastest iron-distance performance by a female. She turned in a time of 8:31:59 at the 2009 Challenge Roth triathlon for the record. The 2010 version is set to take place on Sunday, July 18 and Wellington will be on the starting line. This will be Wellington’s first race at this distance since her latest world championship victory last October. She will face off against Rebekah Keat, Belinga Granger, Tereza Macel and Nicole Woysch.

The men’s race is set to be equally as exciting as it features several of the sport’s top men at this distance. Former Ironman World Champion Normann Stadler will be joined by Ironman Lanzarote winner Eneko Llanos and last year’s fifth-place finisher from the Ironman World Championship, Rasmus Henning of Denmark. They will be lining up against defending champion Michael Goehner of Germany and last year’s second-place finisher Pete Jacobs from Australia. Other contenders include New Zealand’s Richard Ussher, Australia’s Chris McDonald and Belgium’s Rutger Beke.