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Images from IRONMAN Arizona 2018

Tempe provided a picturesque desert backdrop for athletes from around the world this past Sunday, November 18, at IRONMAN Arizona 2018. The 2018 IRONMAN Arizona event saw more than 2,500 athletes representing 43 countries and 48 US states start the race.

Competitors ranged in age from 18-80 years old. One of more than 40 events in the global IRONMAN Series, the IRONMAN Arizona triathlon led athletes along a 2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike and 26.2-mile run throughout Tempe and its surrounding areas.

 

TEMPE, AZ – NOVEMBER 18: Jon Lader hoists bib #2445 for the late Costa Mesa CA fire Capt. Mike Kreza during the 2018 Ironman 70.3 Arizona at Tempe Town Lake on November 18, 2018 in Tempe, Arizona. Mike died on November 5, two days after being hit by a suspected DUI driver while training for his next Ironman competition. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images for Ironman)

 
TEMPE, AZ – NOVEMBER 18: Eneko Llanos of Spain reacts after winning the 2018 Ironman 70.3 Arizona at Tempe Town Lake on November 18, 2018 in Tempe, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images for Ironman)

 
TEMPE, AZ – NOVEMBER 18: Steve Osborn celebrates as he finishes the 2018 Ironman 70.3 Arizona at Tempe Town Lake on November 18, 2018 in Tempe, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images for Ironman)

 
TEMPE, AZ – NOVEMBER 18: Eneko Llanos of Spain reacts after winning the 2018 Ironman 70.3 Arizona at Tempe Town Lake on November 18, 2018 in Tempe, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images for Ironman)

 

 
TEMPE, AZ – NOVEMBER 18: Heather Jackson competes in the bike portion of the 2018 Ironman 70.3 Arizona at Tempe Town Lake on November 18, 2018 in Tempe, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images for Ironman)

 
TEMPE, AZ – NOVEMBER 18: Jacob Miyauchi competes in the bike portion of the 2018 Ironman 70.3 Arizona at Tempe Town Lake on November 18, 2018 in Tempe, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images for Ironman)

 
TEMPE, AZ – NOVEMBER 17: A vigil is displayed for former Costa Mesa CA fire Capt. Mike Kreza ahead of the 2018 Ironman Arizona at Tempe Town Lake on November 17, 2018 in Tempe, Arizona. Mike died on November 5, two days after being hit by a suspected DUI driver while training for his next Ironman competition. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

 
TEMPE, AZ – NOVEMBER 18: A competitor competes in the swim portion of the 2018 Ironman 70.3 Arizona at Tempe Town Lake on November 18, 2018 in Tempe, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images for Ironman)

 
TEMPE, AZ – NOVEMBER 18: Kyrsten Sinema, Senator-elect from Arizona walks through a crowd of participants before the 2018 Ironman 70.3 Arizona at Tempe Town Lake on November 18, 2018 in Tempe, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images for Ironman)

 

Athletes began their day with a single-loop swim in Tempe Town Lake. Once out of the water, participants embarked upon a flat, three-loop bike course through the Sonoran Desert. The two-loop run course winded around Tempe Town Lake and through Papago Park before an ‘electric finish back at Tempe Beach Park’.

The event offered a total professional prize purse of US$80,000 and 40 coveted age group qualifying slots to the 2019 IRONMAN World Championship, taking place on October 12 in Kailua-Kona, Hawai`i.

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