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Images from 2019 IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship: part one, race build-up

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More than 5,500 of the world’s top athletes registered to compete in Nice, France on September 7-8 at the 2019 IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship. In the race build-up, athletes, family, friends and the local community enjoyed a number of activities taking place including the 5K Fun Run, VIP Reception and Professional Pre-Race Press Conference.

 

Along the Promenade des Anglais: An athlete reacts as she competes in the 5K Fun Run at the 2019 IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship in Nice, France (Darren Wheeler/Active Images for IRONMAN)

 
Done and dusted: An athlete proudly displays her medal at the 5K Fun Run at the 2019 IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship in Nice, France (Darren Wheeler/Active Images for IRONMAN)

 
League of Légendaire: IRONMAN World Champion and Hall of Famer Mark Allen, IRONMAN Historian and Hall of Famer Bob Babbitt, IRONMAN France Managing Director Yves Cordier and IRONMAN World Champion and Hall of Famer Dave Scott pose at the VIP reception. Cordier who is also serving as the 2019 IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship Race Director was renowned as a phenomenal cyclist, finishing second in Nice to IRONMAN World Champion Mark Allen in 1992. Allen, a six-time IRONMAN World Champion held an incredible 10-year winning streak in Nice (Fabien Boukla/Active Images for IRONMAN)

 
Mambo Number 5: Daniela Ryf of Switzerland could become the first athlete in history to win five IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship titles (Fabien Boukla/Active Images for IRONMAN)

 
All in the Family: The von Berg family is bringing a new meaning to family competition at the IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship as four members led by father Rodolphe von Berg in addition to his sons Maximilien and Rodolphe “Rudy” Jr, and daughter Olympia as well as her boyfriend are racing in the same World Championship event. Rudy has quickly become a top professional triathlete and is one to keep an eye on having spent years growing up in Nice, prior to moving to Boulder. He also won last year’s first edition of IRONMAN 70.3 Nice (Fabien Boukla/Active Images for IRONMAN)

 
Hometown Hero: Five-time IRONMAN Nice, France Champion and IRONMAN World Champion Frederik Van Lierde pauses for a brief moment to take in the historic Villa Massena where the pre-race professional press conference was held (Fabien Boukla/Active Images for IRONMAN)

 
Chatty Champs: IRONMAN and IRONMAN 70.3 World Champion Sebastien Kienle (left) and reigning IRONMAN World Champion Patrick Lange share insight into the race ahead (Fabien Boukla/Active Images for IRONMAN)

 

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