Rev3 Triathlon series is ready for several of the top professionals in the world to appear on the start line this Sunday in Williamsburg, including all of the 2013 series contenders.
Three of the top five men from early June REV3 Quassy are back on the East Coast in historical Williamsburg for what is sure to be a challenging and fast course. In the women’s field, Kelly Williamson stands out as the favorite on paper, and race day should showcase some younger athletes striving for that coveted podium. With $50,000 prize purse and $5,000 in primes, the pace is sure to be as hot as the temperature.
The swim takes place in the James River, near the historic Jamestown Island. Look for Eric Limkemann to take the control of the swim and initiate a gap early. James Hadley, coming off a podium at Kansas 70.3, should exit the water near Limkemann. Kevin Collington, fresh off a 5th at Quassy, should be near the front onto the bike.
The action will heat up as 2nd place REV3 Quassy finisher and last year series champion Richie Cunningham, and Andrew Starykowicz, dig in on the bike. Both are known for their biking strength, with Starykowicz making a verbal point each race that he wants to be in the lead onto the run. David Thompson should also make his way to the front midway through the bike.
The bike course is an out and back that meanders through the quaint countryside of James City County and finishes on the campus of the College of William and Mary. The athletes will have points to site what is happening ahead and behind them during the bike. The question is whether or not Limkemann and Starykowicz’s bike lead will be enough to hold off the runners this weekend.
“The course is mostly flat, with a few rolling hills to keep you honest,” said Charlie Patten, founder of Revolution 3. “This course will allow the athletes to show their speed and endurance.”
The run course loops through the City of Williamsburg and back through the college campus. The run is mostly flat, with a few hills scattered throughout. Look for the fast feet of Collington and Cunningham to set the run pace early, and this course certainly favors speed. The weather could play a role late in the run, with highs in the 90’s expected.
Athletes will finish in heart of William and Mary and just steps away from some of the most historic sites within the United States. Williamsburg, Virginia is home to the famous Colonial Williamsburg, the nation’s largest living history museum, which introduces visitors to life in 18th century America. The historic Jamestown Island and Yorktown Battlefield are nearby, earning Williamsburg the nickname of the “Historic Triangle.”
“I’m really excited to be racing in such a historical place,” 2012 REV3 Series winner, Cunningham said. “I can’t believe no one else has ever put on a race here. Rev3 is living up to its reputation for putting on great races at great, family-friendly venues.”
The women’s race might just be the Kelly Williamson show. However, Lauren Goss is in the midst of her best season to record and could contend with the middle distance star. Look for these two women to exit the swim at the front. Both women feature a similar gunning race style, Goss with the short course speed and Williamson with the years of long course experience.
“I actually visited Williamsburg as a kid, one of our family vacations…I was young and don’t remember much but I do recall it being very quaint, cute and historical. This race is unique in that these events don’t often happen in historical towns such as Williamsburg,” Williamson said. “The location also allows a lot of family support; I have family coming from VA and South Carolina, and when you can race and see family it’s always an added bonus.”
Malaika Homo, Tenille Hoogland, and Jessica Jones are all REV3 veterans and hunting for series points, so the second half of the race should light up while the women chase for podium spots and REV3 series points.
Activities for the whole family start Friday with the race expo, which runs all three days of the event. Families are also encouraged to take part in the Little Rev Family Adventure Race on Saturday. This scavenger hunt sends teams of three searching for clues, solving puzzles and completing obstacles throughout William & Mary Campus.
Rev3 offers an event to the weekend called Rev3 5KGlow which will be a 3.1 mile fun run taking place Friday night just before sunset, running through the campus of William & Mary.