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North America season-opener: images from 2019 IRONMAN 70.3 Oceanside

As one of more than 100 events in the global IRONMAN 70.3 Series, the 2019 IRONMAN 70.3 Oceanside in California saw stellar performances from Ben Kanute (USA) and Daniela Ryf (CHE) who battled an impressive field of triathletes to earn victories in the men’s and women’s fields respectively.

The North America season-opening event led the 2,600 athletes along a 1.2-mile swim, 56-mile bike and 13.1-mile run throughout Oceanside and its surrounding areas. Athletes began their day with a beach swim start that took athletes through the surf, then headed north and into the Oceanside Harbor.

 

OCEANSIDE, CALIFORNIA – APRIL 06: Elite men leave the start gate for the swim portion of the IRONMAN 70.3 Oceanside on April 06, 2019 in Oceanside, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

 
OCEANSIDE, CALIFORNIA – APRIL 06: Daniela Ryf of Switzerland in the cycle portion of the IRONMAN 70.3 Oceanside on April 06, 2019 in Oceanside, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

 
OCEANSIDE, CALIFORNIA – APRIL 06: Daniela Ryf of Switzerland exits the transition area to beging the run portion of the IRONMAN 70.3 Oceanside on April 06, 2019 in Oceanside, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

 
OCEANSIDE, CALIFORNIA – APRIL 06: Tu Tran presents an American flag to Maria Simpson who lost her son USMC Lieutenant Corporal Abraham Simpson to a rocket propelled grenade in the second battle of Fallujah 2004. Tran competed while carrying the flag as part of the Gold Star Initiative during the IRONMAN 70.3 Oceanside on April 06, 2019 in Oceanside, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

 
OCEANSIDE, CALIFORNIA – APRIL 06: Tu Tran presents an American flag to Maria Simpson who lost her son USMC Lieutenant Corporal Abraham Simpson to a rocket propelled grenade in the second battle of Fallujah 2004. Tran competed while carrying the flag as part of the Gold Star Initiative during the IRONMAN 70.3 Oceanside on April 06, 2019 in Oceanside, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

 
OCEANSIDE, CALIFORNIA – APRIL 06: Tu Tran presents an American flag to Maria Simpson who lost her son USMC Lieutenant Corporal Abraham Simpson to a rocket propelled grenade in the second battle of Fallujah 2004. Tran competed while carrying the flag as part of the Gold Star Initiative during the IRONMAN 70.3 Oceanside on April 06, 2019 in Oceanside, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

 
OCEANSIDE, CALIFORNIA – APRIL 06: A competitor cycles through Camp Pendleton during the IRONMAN 70.3 Oceanside on April 06, 2019 in Oceanside, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

 
OCEANSIDE, CALIFORNIA – APRIL 06: Daniela Ryf of Switzerland reacts to winning the the IRONMAN 70.3 Oceanside on April 06, 2019 in Oceanside, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

 
OCEANSIDE, CALIFORNIA – APRIL 06: American Ben Kanute narrowly edges the rest of the professional men’s field to earn the overall victory at the 2019 IRONMAN 70.3 Oceanside with a time 3:49:25. Kanute’s victory qualified him for the 2019 IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship taking place in Nice, France (Photo Credit: Sean Haffey/Getty Images for IRONMAN)

 
OCEANSIDE, CALIFORNIA – APRIL 06: Sam Long cycles through Camp Pendleton during the IRONMAN 70.3 Oceanside on April 06, 2019 in Oceanside, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

 

Once out of the water, participants embarked upon a single-loop bike course that ventured through Camp Pendleton and San Onofre Bluffs State Park. Athletes ascended San Mateo hill followed by two more hills, only to come upon a flat but windy road back to the Oceanside Harbor.

The double-loop run course wound along the Oceanside Pier and then out to Oceanside’s flat beachfront path known as ‘The Strand’, where miles of sandy beaches provided a backdrop. Offering a total professional prize purse of US$50,000, the race also awarded a total of 40 qualifying slots to the 2019 IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship in Nice, France.

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