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The 2019 Dignity Health Medical Group IRONMAN Arizona triathlon saw more than 2,600 athletes representing 46 countries, regions and territories and all 50 US states start the race. The event took place on Sunday, November 24 and competitors ranged in age from 18-82 years old.

One of more than 40 events in the global IRONMAN Series, the event leads athletes along a 2.4-mile swim, a 112-mile bike, and a 26.2-mile run throughout Tempe and its surrounding areas.

The inaugural event was held in 2005 and has since been the site of personal records for IRONMAN triathletes all over the world. Professional triathlete Lionel Sanders set an IRONMAN world best on the Arizona course back in 2016 and it continues to deliver personal records each year.

 

TEMPE, ARIZONA – NOVEMBER 24: Participants enter the water to start the 2019 Dignity Health Medical Group IRONMAN Arizona on November 24, 2019 in Tempe, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

 
TEMPE, ARIZONA – NOVEMBER 24: Ashley Paulson competes in the bike portion of the 2019 Dignity Health Medical Group IRONMAN Arizona on November 24, 2019 in Tempe, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

 
TEMPE, ARIZONA – NOVEMBER 24: David Rolefson competes in the bike portion of the 2019 Dignity Health Medical Group IRONMAN Arizona on November 24, 2019 in Tempe, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

 
TEMPE, ARIZONA – NOVEMBER 24: Senator Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) competes in the bike portion of the 2019 Dignity Health Medical Group IRONMAN Arizona on November 24, 2019 in Tempe, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

 
TEMPE, ARIZONA – NOVEMBER 24: A young fan cheers on participants during 2019 Dignity Health Medical Group IRONMAN Arizona on November 24, 2019 in Tempe, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

 
TEMPE, ARIZONA – NOVEMBER 24: Heather Jackson competes in the run portion of the 2019 Dignity Health Medical Group IRONMAN Arizona on November 24, 2019 in Tempe, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

 
TEMPE, ARIZONA – NOVEMBER 24: Heather Jackson points to her hat as she runs down the final stretch to second place in the 2019 Dignity Health Medical Group IRONMAN Arizona on November 24, 2019 in Tempe, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

 
TEMPE, ARIZONA – NOVEMBER 24: Sarah Crowley of Australia crosses the finish line to win 2019 Dignity Health Medical Group IRONMAN Arizona on November 24, 2019 in Tempe, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

 
Friends, families and spectators line the pathway surrounding the HOKA ONE ONE run course to cheer on the passing competitors at the 2019 Dignity Health Medical Group IRONMAN Arizona in Tempe, Arizona on Sunday, Nov. 24 (Photo Credit: Jay Druba/IRONMAN)

 
TEMPE, ARIZONA – NOVEMBER 24: Sarah Crowley (R) of Australia high fives participants as the finish the 2019 Dignity Health Medical Group IRONMAN Arizona on November 24, 2019 in Tempe, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

 
United States Senior Senator from Arizona, Kyrsten Sinema is greeted by her Team Betty teammates at the finish line after setting a new personal best by completing the 2019 Dignity Health Medical Group IRONMAN Arizona in 11:54:09 on Nov. 24 in Tempe, Arizona (Top Right Photo Credit: Christian Petersen/Getty Images for IRONMAN. Photo Credit: Jay Druba/IRONMAN)

 

 

 
On Friday, Nov. 22, the Mesa Arts Center hosted The Kona After Party, a celebration of the 2019 Vega IRONMAN World Championship to support the IRONMAN Foundation, an event presented by Bicycle World Texas.

 
TEMPE, ARIZONA – NOVEMBER 24: Marcus Cook and Elle Goodall pose with a ‘before’ photos after finishing the 2019 Dignity Health Medical Group IRONMAN Arizona on November 24, 2019 in Tempe, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

 
The race weekend festivities commenced as the annual IRONKIDS took to the streets of Tempe on Saturday, Nov. 23 with the “Voice of IRONMAN” Mike Reilly greeting the children at the finish line in seasonal Thanksgiving turkey attire at the 2019 Dignity Health Medical Group IRONMAN Arizona (Photo Credit: Jay Druba/IRONMAN)

 
An athlete steps off the boat ramp into Tempe Town Lake to begin their 400-meter swim during the second annual Saguaro Sprint Triathlon to kick off the weekend of racing at the 2019 Dignity Health Medical Group IRONMAN Arizona in Tempe, Arizona (Photo Credit: Jay Druba/IRONMAN)

 

‘Arizona delivers a flat, fast, and spectator-friendly course that brings urban charms and desert vistas together.’

At this year’s event, Athletes began their day with a single-loop ROKA sponsored swim in Tempe Town Lake. Once out of the water, participants embarked upon a three-loop Ventum sponsored bike course through the Sonoran Desert. The two-loop HOKA ONE ONE sponsored run course travelled around Tempe Town Lake and through Papago Park before a finish back at W Rio Salado Parkway outside Tempe Beach Park.

The event offered a total professional prize purse of US$50,000 and 40 age-group qualifying slots to the 2020 IRONMAN World Championship, in Kailua-Kona, Hawai`i.

Coinciding with the race, a number of activities took place over the weekend including:

  • The Kona After Party – a red-carpet celebration of the 2019 Vega IRONMAN World Championship – presented by Bicycle World Texas on Friday, November 22;
  • The second annual Saguaro Sprint, which offered athletes a warm up race and first-timers an introduction to the sport on Saturday, November 23; and
  • The IRONKIDS fun run.

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