In anticipation of one of the largest sporting events in Asia-Pacific history, a professional field of more than 50 athletes are set to compete in the IRONMAN 70.3 Geelong on Sunday 7 February.
Among five-time world champion (and four-time Geelong winner) Craig Alexander and 2012 IRONMAN World champion Pete Jacobs, the first major race for the year will see 29 men and 27 women on the start line.
The women’s field is set to feature two-time IRONMAN 70.3 World Champion Melissa Hauschildt returning from injury as well as Annabel Luxford.
"I can't wait to get back racing. I was training really hard on the bike all last year waiting for an answer with my rib injury. I thought it was going to really pay off at Kona and I'd be able to see the improvements I'd made on the bike but that time never came, I didn't get to race," Hauschildt said.
Adding to this stellar line up, 2012 Noosa triathlon champ and Geelong local, Peter Kerr, will be making his IRONMAN 70.3 debut, after late last year’s difficult choice to give up on his Rio Olympic dream, while fellow Geelong local Levi Maxwell will race for the first time as a professional.
“Racing at home is a great thrill to race at home among family and friends. My family and a lot of the guys I train with locally are valued support for me so to showcase to them in the flesh what I actually do is always going to be special,” Kerr said.
Over 1,600 age group athletes will be racing across the IRONMAN 70.3 Geelong weekend.
Check out the 2016 IRONMAN 70.3 Geelong Pro Athlete List today.