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This past weekend, thousands of athletes took part in IRONMAN events in various locations in the United States. On Saturday, May 11, IRONMAN 70.3 Gulf Coast made its return to Panama City Beach, Florida, following the event’s sudden relocation to Haines City, Florida, in 2018 after Hurricane Michael’s impact on the area.

Nearly 2,000 athletes representing 31 countries, regions and territories and 48 states took on the IRONMAN 70.3 event that offered a athletes the chance to race along Northwest Florida’s Gulf Coast.

On the same day, IRONMAN Santa Rosa saw nearly 2,000 athletes representing 49 countries, regions and territories and 44 US states take on the early-season race in Northern California. This featured a course that took athletes into the world-famous wine regions of the Dry Creek, Alexander, and Russian River valleys, as well as the communities of Windsor, Geyersville, and Gealdsburg.

 

COMMUNITY SUPPORT: (Left to Right) Race Director Ben Rausa, Director of Community Development Michael Johnson, Community Relations Manager for the IRONMAN Foundation Michael Lynn Sills, and President and CEO of Visit Panama City Beach Dan Rowe stand with a check from the IRONMAN Foundation to provide a $100,000 Humanitarian Relief Effort Grant to the City of Panama City Community Development to help solve the housing shortage created by Hurricane Michael which hit the Florida Panhandle in October of 2018. Specifically, the grant will help to fund new technology using 3D concrete robot printers that will build affordable and durable concrete homes. (Photo Credit: Maddie Meyer/Getty Images for IRONMAN)

 
PANAMA CITY, FLORIDA – MAY 10: Athletes place their bikes at the transition point during the preview day for IRONMAN 70.3 Gulf Coast on May 10, 2019 in Panama City, Florida. The 2019 IRONMAN 70.3 Gulf Cost triathlon returns to the Panama City Beach welcoming over 2,000 registered participants and marking IRONMAN’s return to the Florida Panhandle for the first time since the area was hit by Hurricane Michael in October of 2018. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images for IRONMAN)

 
PANAMA CITY, FLORIDA – MAY 11: The Pro Men’s division enter the water during the run portion of IRONMAN 70.3 Gulf Coast on May 11, 2019 in Panama City, Florida. The 2019 IRONMAN 70.3 Gulf Cost triathlon returns to the Panama City Beach welcoming over 2,000 registered participants and marking IRONMAN’s return to the Florida Panhandle for the first time since the area was hit by Hurricane Michael in October of 2018. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images for IRONMAN)

 
PANAMA CITY, FLORIDA – MAY 11: Felipe Van de Wyngard competes in the swim portion of the Pro Men’s IRONMAN 70.3 Gulf Coast on May 11, 2019 in Panama City, Florida. The 2019 IRONMAN 70.3 Gulf Cost triathlon returns to the Panama City Beach welcoming over 2,000 registered participants and marking IRONMAN’s return to the Florida Panhandle for the first time since the area was hit by Hurricane Michael in October of 2018. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images for IRONMAN)

 
PANAMA CITY, FLORIDA – MAY 11: An athlete competes in the run portion of IRONMAN 70.3 Gulf Coast on May 11, 2019 in Panama City, Florida. The 2019 IRONMAN 70.3 Gulf Cost triathlon returns to the Panama City Beach welcoming over 2,000 registered participants and marking IRONMAN’s return to the Florida Panhandle for the first time since the area was hit by Hurricane Michael in October of 2018. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images for IRONMAN)

 
PANAMA CITY, FLORIDA – MAY 11: TJ Tollakson celebrates after winning the Men’s Pro divisionduring IRONMAN 70.3 Gulf Coast on May 11, 2019 in Panama City, Florida. The 2019 IRONMAN 70.3 Gulf Cost triathlon returns to the Panama City Beach welcoming over 2,000 registered participants and marking IRONMAN’s return to the Florida Panhandle for the first time since the area was hit by Hurricane Michael in October of 2018. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images for IRONMAN)

 
SANTA ROSA, CALIFORNIA – MAY 11: 2.4-mile Roka swim course at IRONMAN Santa Rosa on Saturday, May 11.

 
SANTA ROSA, CALIFORNIA – MAY 11: Athletes take part in the swim portion of the IRONMAN Santa Rosa on May 11, 2019 in Santa Rosa, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images for IRONMAN)

 
SANTA ROSA, CALIFORNIA – MAY 11: Athletes take part in the bike and swim portions of the IRONMAN Santa Rosa on May 11, 2019 in Santa Rosa, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images for IRONMAN)

 
SANTA ROSA, CALIFORNIA – MAY 11: An athlete takes part in the bike portion of the IRONMAN Santa Rosa on May 11, 2019 in Santa Rosa, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images for IRONMAN)

 
SANTA ROSA, CALIFORNIA – MAY 11: Athletes take part in the bike portion of the IRONMAN Santa Rosa on May 11, 2019 in Santa Rosa, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images for IRONMAN)

 
SANTA ROSA, CALIFORNIA – MAY 11: An athlete takes part in the bike portion of the IRONMAN Santa Rosa on May 11, 2019 in Santa Rosa, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images for IRONMAN)

 
SANTA ROSA, CALIFORNIA – MAY 11: An athlete takes part in the run portion of the IRONMAN Santa Rosa on May 11, 2019 in Santa Rosa, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images for IRONMAN)

 
SANTA ROSA, CALIFORNIA – MAY 11: Mike Ergo, a Marine Corps veteran, at IRONMAN Santa Rosa 2019.

 
SANTA ROSA, CALIFORNIA – MAY 11: Mike Ergo, a Marine Corps veteran, finishes the run course with the American flag in honor of Marine Corps Corporal Mick Bekowsky of Concord, California, who served as an 0351 Assaultman with 2nd Battalion, 1st Marines from 2001 until he was killed in action on September 6th, 2004 in Iraq, during the IRONMAN Santa Rosa on May 11, 2019 in Santa Rosa, California. Ergo presented the flag to Mickís mother, Joan Bekowsky, at the finish line. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images for IRONMAN)

 
SANTA ROSA, CALIFORNIA – MAY 11: Mike Ergo, a Marine Corps veteran, finishes the run course with the American flag in honor of Marine Corps Corporal Mick Bekowsky of Concord, California, who served as an 0351 Assaultman with 2nd Battalion, 1st Marines from 2001 until he was killed in action on September 6th, 2004 in Iraq, during the IRONMAN Santa Rosa on May 11, 2019 in Santa Rosa, California. Ergo presented the flag to Mickís mother, Joan Bekowsky, at the finish line. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images for IRONMAN)

 

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