Michael Raelert: Kickoff Race In St. George
Rostockian starts into the 2021 season at the Ironman 70.3 North American Championship this Saturday – Looking forward to the first competition since months
St. George. After months without any competition, Michael Raelert is looking forward to his first race of the 2021 season this Saturday. The Rostockian will take part in the Ironman 70.3 St. George, which is held as the North American Championship over a distance of 1.9 kilometers of swimming, 90 kilometers of cycling and 21.1 kilometers of running. "I am really excited to discover this competition," says Michael Raelert, "for me it is definitely a privilege to be able to take on a race again."
In the past weeks and months, Michael Raelert has been preparing for the season in Rostock. Training camps in different countries had to be canceled, the focus was on his training. Just like his brother Andreas, Michael Raelert tried to make the best out of the situation. "Nobody would have expected that sports could stand still for months," says Michael Raelert, "I think every single athlete really appreciates it when it comes to racing again." This is the reason why the younger of the Raelert-Brothers started onto his trip to the US with an extra motivation.
The Ironman 70.3 St. George in Utah is a first highlight of the season for numerous top athletes. "The start list for the North American Championship is packed with some illustrious names," says Michael Raelert, "I'm really excited to see how the race will unfold." The top favorites include Lionel Sanders from Canada and the Americans Rodolphe van Berg, Ben Kanute or Matt Hanson. The Australians Joe Gambles and Sam Appleton belong to the list of favorites as well as Daniel Baekkegard from Denmark and Bart Aernouts (Belgium). For Michael Raelert, the main thing in St. George is to experience a positive race-feeling after months of training.