A new course this year at Ironman 70.3 Florida will include a one lap swim in Lake Eva, more than likely with no wetsuits; a relatively flat bike with some rollers on an out and back course; and finishing off with a three lap run course.

We’d expect that USA’s Amanda Stevens will be first out of the water, and chasing her will be last year’s runner-up, Nina Kraft, who will also be up there in the swim, and third place last year, Heather Leiggi who has a strong bike leg – both are returning for a shot at the crown.

Amongst this mix this year will be Jessica Jacobs. Jacobs ran her fastest marathon (2:53) at last year’s Ironman Florida, breaking the course record, and joining the Sub-Nine club (8:55:10). She came fifth at the stacked field at Ironman Melbourne, and prior to that fourth at the Ironman New Zealand 70.3 (due to weather conditions the Ironman was reformatted to a 70.3).

 

Pro athletes start list

Nina Kraft, GER

Ashley Clifford, USA

Mandy McLane, USA

Heather Leiggi, USA

Amber Ferreira, USA

Erica Urquiola, USA

Fiorella Dcroz, COL

Angela Axmann, USA

Missy Kuck, USA

Terra Castro, USA

Natasha Yaremczuk, CAN

Paolina Allan, CAN

Jessica Jacobs, USA

Amanda Stevens, USA

Melody Ramirez, MEX

Jennifer Tetrick, USA

Tamara Kozulina, UKR

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