Sarah Haskins To Make 70.3 Debut In Puerto Rico

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American and 2008 Olympian Sarah Haskins, who’s made much of her career out of racing on the Olympic-distance non-drafting circuit (specifically the Life Time Tri Series), will be making her long-course debut this weekend in San Juan, Puerto Rico. The three-time Life Time series winner had to adjust her season plans when Life Time announced that it would no longer have professional prize money at its races, except for the New York City Triathlon.

“With the Hy-Vee Triathlon no longer taking place in addition to the Life Time Series, short-course non-drafting is almost nonexistent for professionals,” Haskins told

At the end of last season, Haskins had expressed interest in racing an Ironman 70.3, but now it seems she’s left with few options. In addition to having Ironman 70.3 Puerto Rico on her 2015 schedule, it appears she plans to make her Ironman debut in May at Ironman Texas.

The San Juan race is a good early-season test for Haskins, who was just getting back into fitness at the end of 2014 after having her daughter. The race has a relatively calm and well-marked swim, the bike is flat and scenic, and the run—Haskins’ strength—features some hills. She’ll face tough competition from fellow American Kelly Williamson, who’s won this race multiple times. Other top contenders in the women’s race include Americans Dede Griesbauer and Laurel Wassner. In the men’s race, look for Justin Daerr (USA), Matthew Russell (USA), Igor Amorelli (BRA) and Patrick Evoe (USA) to race well, in addition to Puerto Rican Edgardo Velez.

Check back for a complete gallery from the race and see the complete pro start list below.

Men’s Pro Start List
1 Edgardo Velez PRT
2 Justin Daerr USA
3 Matthew Russell USA
4 Igor Amorelli BRA
5 Patrick Evoe USA
6 David Kahn USA
7 Rodrigo Acevedo COL
8 Aubrey Aldy USA
9 AJ Baucco USA
10 Blake Becker USA
11 Cedric Boily CAN
12 Scott Bradley USA
13 Andrew Fast USA
14 Raul Furtado BRA
15 Mike Hermanson USA
16 Chad Holderbaum USA
17 Chris Leiferman USA
18 Frederic Limousin FRA
19 Stuart Marais ZAF
20 Justin Metzler USA
21 Jeremy Morel FRA
22 Gili Oriol ESP
23 Kyle Pawlaczyk USA
24 Frank Silvestrin Souza AUS

Women’s Pro Start List
30 Kelly Williamson USA
31 Sarah Haskins USA
32 Dede Griesbauer USA
33 Kate Bruck USA
34 Sarah Cameto USA
35 Leslie Dimichele Miller USA
36 Jackie Hering USA
37 Elise Maury FRA
38 Julie Patterson USA
39 Tami Ritchie USA
40 Maja Stage Nielsen DNK
41 Pamela Tastets CHL
42 Laurel Wassner USA

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