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Top Names Set To Compete At 2015 Ironman 70.3 New Orleans

With the North American triathlon season picking up steam, several top pros are choosing to make the start at this Sunday's Ironman 70.3 New Orleans.

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With the North American triathlon season picking up steam, several top pros are choosing to make the start at this Sunday’s Ironman 70.3 New Orleans. The race ranks low on the Kona Pro Ranking scale (it’s a P-500 level race that will hand out $30,000 of prize money), but serves as a good opportunity to compete in a historic city and sits on the ideal spot on the calendar ahead of next month’s lucrative Ironman 70.3 U.S. Championships in St. George (set for May 2). This event has dealt with serious weather issues in the past, and it looks like this year may be no different. Organizers have already moved the expo and registration indoors, and Sunday’s forecast calls for thunderstorms.

Men’s Race
There are a handful of men who could take the title on Sunday, with last year’s podium of Americans Andy Potts (1st) and Ben Hoffman (2nd), and Canadian Trevor Wurtele (3rd) all coming back to compete in 2015. Australia’s Tim Reed will likely mix up the podium this year. He’s already had a successful start to 2015, with an Ironman 70.3 Asia-Pacific title as the highlight. Other names to watch for include Drew Scott (USA), James Seear (AUS), Matt Chrabot (USA) and Eric Limkemann (USA).

Women’s Race
With defending champion Lauren Barnett (USA) not on the start list, 2013 winner Haley Chura (USA) wears the top number for the women. Americans Caitlin Snow, Lauren Goss and Sarah Piampiano are all capable of turning in top performances, but there are several up-and-comers on the start list who could mix up the podium.

See the complete start lists below.

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Men
1 Andy Potts USA
2 Trevor Wurtele CAN
3 Ben Hoffman USA
4 Tim Reed AUS
5 James Seear AUS
6 Matt Chrabot USA
7 Drew Scott USA
8 Chris McDonald USA
9 Jordan Monnink CAN
10 Eric Limkemann USA
11 Dylan Gleeson CAN
12 Raul Furtado BRA
13 AJ Baucco USA
14 Evert Scheltinga NED
15 Dan Harris USA
16 Jeff Manson CAN
17 Keith Butsko USA
18 Brent McBurney USA
19 Mark Bowstead NZL
20 Sean Sullivan USA
21 Mike Hermanson USA
22 Henrique Oliveira BRA
23 Mark Saroni USA
24 Nat Glackin USA
25 Jonathan Shearon USA
26 Cody Beals CAN
27 Keith Kotar USA
28 Robert Wade IRL
29 Cédric Boily CAN
30 Joe Skipper GBR
31 Botond Racz HUN
32 Rodrigo Acevedo COL
33 Andreas Thissen GER

Women
41 Haley Chura USA
42 Sarah Piampiano USA
43 Caitlin Snow USA
44 Anna Cleaver NZL
45 Laura Siddall GBR
46 Lauren Goss USA
47 Brittany Pierce USA
48 Tami Ritchie USA
49 Danielle Mack USA
50 Molly Roohi USA
51 Jennifer Spieldenner USA
52 Ariane Monticeli BRA
53 Ashley Clifford USA
54 Lesley Smith USA
55 Natasha Mendez DOM
56 Sarah Cameto USA
57 Leslie LaMacchia USA
58 Alice Hector GBR
59 Kendra Goffredo USA
60 Tamara Kozulina UKR
61 Maggie Rusch USA
62 Katy Blakemore USA
63 Nicole Luse USA
64 Hallie Blunck USA
65 Dani Fischer USA
66 Alexandra Gordichuk CAN