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Alistair Brownlee to race IRONMAN 70.3 St. George?

He's already announced his intentions to focus on some longer distance races through 2017 and 2018, but will IRONMAN 70.3 St. George be his 70.3 debut?

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  • Saturday 6th May 2017.
  • IRONMAN 70.3 St. George.
  • North American Pro Championship.
  • $100,000 race, $20,000 first prize.

Will this be the IRONMAN 70.3 debut of two-time Olympic Champion, Alistair Brownlee? Two-time IRONMAN 70.3 and 2014 IRONMAN World Champion Sebastian Kienle – who will also be racing, and finished second last year – is excited about that prospect. While the start-list is not finalised, he is already on the entry list, as published on Ironman.com.

IRONMAN 70.3 St. George is one of the marquee races of the early season, a championship race on a challenging course in Utah.

The last four editions of the race have been won by Lionel Sanders (2016), Tim Don (2015), Jan Frodeno (2014) and Brent McMahon (2013). This is a race that attracts the very top tier of athletes, a trend that looks set to continue in 2017.

Already, Tyler Butterfield, Kevin Collington, Tim Don, Ben Hoffman, Brent McMahon, Sebastian Kienle, Andreas Raelert and Joe Gambles are among the entries listed. The addition of Sanders and/or Frodeno into the mix would truly make that a “don’t miss it” event. We wouldn’t be surprised if there are a few athletes around who will be changing their schedules for a crack at the double Olympic Champion, early in to his long(er) distance career.

After an illness-imnpacted, off-key performance at the recent Super League Triathlon events in Australia, Alistair Brownlee was looking much more like his normal self with a strong 50-mile TT performance this past weekend on the ‘Circuit of the Dales’ event, less than a minute off the time of Phil Graves. His ability to ride a TT bike in tough terrain looks in good shape. Hardly surprising, to be fair.

Will this be his first middle-distance race of the year? It is still a month away, so we wouldn’t be surprised to see him fit in a warm-up race in between now and then, before seeing how he measures up to the best IRONMAN 70.3 athletes in the world.

John Levison
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John Levison
TRI247's Chief Correspondent, John has been involved in triathlon for well over 30 years, 15 of those writing on these pages, whilst he can also be found commentating for events across the UK.
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