29. Apr 2015


Start into 2015 season at St. George

Ironman 70.3 North American Championship will be the first race of the year –
World-class field highlights the event in Utah – Important test for Ironman Texas

St. George. The Raelert-Brothers are really looking forward to the Ironman 70.3 St. George. On Saturday, Andreas Raelert will make his debut race of the 2015 season at the Ironman 70.3 North American Championship in St. George, Utah. "I’m really looking forward to this race," says Andreas Raelert, "but the tension is also very high. It is certainly a very tough race for a kick-off competition. The climatic conditions and the outstanding pro field will be real challenges."

Ironman 70.3 St. George has not only been a very fast race in the past, as a North American Pro Championship event it stands for an extremely strong list of athletes. "The line-up is sensational," says Andreas Raelert. Sebastian Kienle as the reigning Kona champion represents bib number 1 in the race. Next to him there will be Ben Hoffman (USA) who was runner-up in Kona. "The list is full of dazzling names," says Andreas Raelert. Brent McMahon from Canada, the four Australians Tim Reed, Leon Griffin, Luke McKenzie and Paul Matthews will make the race probably fast – just as Tyler Butterfield (Bermuda) and Tim Don from Great Britain. Don ranked third at the 2014 Ironman 70.3 World Championship. "It is a very challenging start into the season for me," says Andreas Raelert, "the pro field could hardly be better."

For the Rostockian, this race means a very important test besides the qualifying points for the Ironman World Championship in Hawaii which he wants to collect in Utah. Two weeks after the race at St. George, Andreas Raelert starts at the Ironman North American Championship in Texas. "The race in two weeks is very important for me, because in Texas I can make important points for Kona," says the 38-year-old, "it would be great if I could manage to qualify for Kona at an early stage of the year."

Andreas Raelert traveled to the U.S. from his home town Rostock with confidence after he had completed a long training camp in Mallorca. "I am in a good shape," he says, "I hope I can confirm my workouts with good competitions in North America. It would be nice if I was allowed to have a good season opener in St. George."









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