Elites compete in Sunday’s half-Iron Mercuryman

British professional triathlete Rachel Joyce is among the elite athletes who will be participating in the Generali Worldwide Mercuryman half-Iron triathlon on Sunday. 

Joyce started 2015 with an Olympic-distance triathlon in Brazil and finished the year at the Ironman World Championships in Hawaii. Racing for Great Britain, she placed second in the Ironman World Championships, posting a 3:08:42 marathon run and finishing in 9:10:59. 

A professional triathlete since 2008, Joyce will add her Mercuryman race to a resume that includes five top 10 finishes in Ironman world championships, an ITU Long Course world championship, and several of triathlon’s highest profile races. 

Joyce lives and trains full-time in Boulder, Colorado, under 6-time Ironman World Champion Dave Scott. Joyce’s career highlights include multiple Ironman 70.3 events. 

Mercuryman Race Director Trevor Murphy said he is delighted that such an accomplished triathlete is competing in this year’s Generali Worldwide Mercuryman. 

“We are thrilled that Rachel is starting her 2016 race season with the Generali Worldwide Mercuryman. It’s apparent that Rachel is already building from the foundation she worked so hard to create last year. 

“It’s going to be great watching her make her way through the course to gain a spot on the podium.” 

Joyce’s biggest competition will likely come from Erin Spitler (USA) and Jenny Fletcher (USA). Spitler raced Ironman Calgary 70.3 in July 2015, placing in the top five. 

When not training, Fletcher is a successful fitness model holding contracts with five agencies. She earned her first professional triathlon victory at the 2012 Ironman 70.3 Branson. 

Former Mercuryman competitor and USA triathlon coach Kim Schwabenbauer will also be on hand, offering coaching advice during a free session in Gardenia Court, Camana Bay at 7 p.m. Friday. The panel session will offer invaluable training advice along with a Q&A with the competing professionals. 

Schwabenbauer ended her 2015 season with a third place at Ironman Chattanooga in Tennessee, in 9:14. 

“We’re thrilled with the elite competitors joining us this year, we’re confident our amateur competitors will be excited about the prospect of competing on the same course with some of the world’s best triathletes. It’ll be an exciting race day” Murphy said. 

The Mercuryman committee extended its thanks to Generali Worldwide, who pledged its support for the second year as the title sponsor of the race. 

Find out more by visiting mercurymantri.com, or facebook.com/Mercurymantri/ or tweet @mercurymantri. 

Rachel Joyce is competing in the Mercuryman on Sunday.

Rachel Joyce is competing in the Mercuryman on Sunday.

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