Ironman 70.3 Lake Stevens 2013, Washington
Ironman 70.3 Lake Stevens 2013, with its picturesque scenery of the Snohomish County in Washington, is a favourite amongst American and Canadian competitors. Due to Crowie’s last minute withdrawal from Vineman, we will see him make a surprise entry into this race. Look forward to seeing Crowie power through the Lake Stevens course as he continues to build momentum for this year’s Ironman 70.3 World Championships.
Athletes will begin the swim from the public boat launch in downtown Lake Stevens. The moderately hilly 56-mile bike course traverses some of the most beautiful terrain in the Pacific Northwest. The race finishes with a run that goes beyond the downtown area and into the surrounding community.
Lining up against Craig will be fellow Australian Luke Bell, who knows Lake Stevens like the back of his head having already won the event three times. Another Australian, 2012 defending champion Chris Legh will also be doing his best to not only make Crowie’s life hard, but win the event in a second year straight.
In the women’s, Meredith Kessler is a strong contender to look out for. This would have come as a surprise just a couple a weeks ago when the American suffered a horrific crash on the bike, rendering her unconscious. However the spirited American showed her toughness, resilience and resolve to compete, winning Ironman 70.3 Vineman just a week after.
Other women capable of grabbing a podium position include three-time Xterra world champion Melanie McQuaid (CAN), two-time 70.3 champ Tennille Hoogland (CAN), the ever-consistent Madison MacKenzie (USA), and multiple-IRONMAN champ Kate Bevilaqua (AUS).
Let’s hope Crowie can end the week on a big positive with a win. Give us your thoughts about Craig’s chances or just the race in general in the comments below.
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