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Impressive Pro Field Headed To 70.3 Vineman

This Sunday, more than 2,500 athletes will compete in a 1.2-mile swim, 56-mile bike and 13.1-mile run through Sonoma’s beautiful wine country.

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This Sunday, more than 2,500 athletes will compete in a 1.2-mile swim, 56-mile bike and 13.1-mile run through Sonoma’s beautiful wine country. A professional prize purse of $50,000 is up for grabs as well as 50 age-group qualifying slots to the 2017 Ironman 70.3 World Championship, taking place in Chattanooga, Tenn.

American Meredith Kessler, a four-time winner at this race and the defending champion, considers this a hometown race and is on the start list again. The biggest competition will come from Great Britain’s Holly Lawrence, who is having a stellar 2016 season. Other top names include Rachel McBride (CAN), Caroline Steffen (SUI), Annabel Luxford (AUS), Helle Frederiksen (DEN) and Lauren Brandon (USA).

There are several all stars on the men’s start list, including defending champion Sam Appleton (AUS). He’ll need to turn in another stellar performance if he hopes to outpace three-time Ironman world champion Craig Alexander (AUS), 2014 70.3 Vineman winner Tim Reed (AUS), Tim Don (GBR), Terenzo Bozzone (GBR), Andy Potts (USA) and Ben Hoffman (USA).

See the complete professional start list below and check back Sunday for a recap and photo gallery.

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Men
1 Sam Appleton (AUS)
2 Craig Alexander (AUS)
3 Tim Reed (AUS)
4 Tim Don (GBR)
5 Terenzo Bozzone (NZL)
6 Andy Potts (USA)
7 Ben Hoffman (USA)
9 Jake Montgomery (AUS)
10 Pedro Gomes (PRT)
11 Chris Baird (USA)
12 Chris Berg (AUS)
13 Barrett Brandon (USA)
14 Cameron Good (AUS)
15 Brian Hrynkow (CAN)
16 Yu Hsiao (TWN)
17 Matt Lieto (USA)
18 Jim Lubinski (USA)
19 Steve Mantell (USA)
20 Justin Metzler (USA)
21 Brandon Nied (USA)
22 Adam O’Connor (USA)
23 Dylan Oliva (USA)
24 Justin Park (USA)
26 Alex Reithmeier (AUS)
27 Justin Rossi (USA)
28 Sebastian Salas (CAN)
29 Cameron Wurf (AUS)
30 Dantley Young (USA)

Women
35 Meredith Kessler (USA)
36 Holly Lawrence (GBR)
37 Rachel McBride (CAN)
38 Caroline Steffen (SUI)
39 Annabel Luxford (AUS)
40 Helle Frederiksen (DEN)
41 Lauren Brandon (USA)
42 Lisa Roberts (USA)
43 Jennifer Spieldenner (USA)
44 Annah Watkinson (RSA)
45 Jodie Robertson (USA)
46 Anna Buster (RUS)
47 Emily Cocks (USA)
48 Courtney DiNicola (USA)
49 Kimberly Goodell (USA)
51 Christine Hammond (USA)
52 Alycia Hill (USA)
53 Bailey Hinz (USA)
54 Monica Juhart (AUS)
55 Kelly Kosmo (USA)
56 Heather Leiggi (USA)
57 Maria Lopez (USA)
58 Nicole Luse (USA)
59 Mackenzie Madison (USA)
60 Emma McCune (USA)
61 Leslie Miller (USA)
62 Skye Moench (USA)
63 Brittany Pierce (USA)
64 Robin Pomeroy (USA)
66 Jessica Smith (USA)

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