Photos: 2017 Ironman 70.3 Cartagena

2017 Ironman 70.3 Cartagena

Athletes walk toward the start of the race. Photo: Wagner Araujo

2017 Ironman 70.3 Cartagena

The sun rises as athletes prepare for a day of racing. Photo: Wagner Araujo

2017 Ironman 70.3 Cartagena

Athletes get a feel for the water before the start of the race. Photo: Wagner Araujo

2017 Ironman 70.3 Cartagena

These ladies are ready to race! Photo: Wagner Araujo

2017 Ironman 70.3 Cartagena

An age-group wave takes off with the city of Cartagena skyline in the background. Photo: Wagner Araujo

2017 Ironman 70.3 Cartagena

Nervous moments before the start of the race. Photo: Wagner Araujo

2017 Ironman 70.3 Cartagena

American pro Kelsey Withrow on the way to a second-place finish. Photo: Wagner Araujo

2017 Ironman 70.3 Cartagena

American pro Kelsey Withrow on the way to a second-place finish. Photo: Wagner Araujo

2017 Ironman 70.3 Cartagena

American TJ Tollakson on his signature Dimond triathlon bike. Photo: Wagner Araujo

2017 Ironman 70.3 Cartagena

Germany’s Horst Reichel was part of the mix all day. Photo: Wagner Araujo

2017 Ironman 70.3 Cartagena

American Kevin Collington has had success at the 70.3 distance. Photo: Wagner Araujo

2017 Ironman 70.3 Cartagena

Columbia’s Carlos Javier Quinchara Forero had the honor of wearing the No. 1 bib. Photo: Wagner Araujo

2017 Ironman 70.3 Cartagena

Collington turned in a 2:05:00 bike split on his way to the victory. Photo: Wagner Araujo

2017 Ironman 70.3 Cartagena

Tollakson carried a three-minute lead onto the run. Photo: Wagner Araujo

2017 Ironman 70.3 Cartagena

American Sarah Cameto. Photo: Wagner Araujo

2017 Ironman 70.3 Cartagena

Colombia’s Diana Castillo. Photo: Wagner Araujo

2017 Ironman 70.3 Cartagena

Photo: Wagner Araujo

2017 Ironman 70.3 Cartagena

Colombia’s Claudia Forero went on to finish second in her age group. Photo: Wagner Araujo

2017 Ironman 70.3 Cartagena

The bike course went from the convention center and the Torre de Reloj to the Via al Mar. Photo: Wagner Araujo

2017 Ironman 70.3 Cartagena

The bike course is flat and fast. Photo: Wagner Araujo

2017 Ironman 70.3 Cartagena

Tollakson capped off his day with a 1:22:58 run, putting him across the finish line in third. Photo: Wagner Araujo

2017 Ironman 70.3 Cartagena

Photo: Wagner Araujo

2017 Ironman 70.3 Cartagena

Collington runs by one of several beautiful spots along the course. Photo: Wagner Araujo

2017 Ironman 70.3 Cartagena

Quincha ran his way to fourth place. Photo: Wagner Araujo

2017 Ironman 70.3 Cartagena

Collington’s 1:19:40 half-marathon put him across the finish line in first place. Photo: Wagner Araujo

2017 Ironman 70.3 Cartagena

The two-lap run course took athletes through the Old City of Cartagena. Photo: Wagner Araujo

2017 Ironman 70.3 Cartagena

Colington finished his season with a win. Photo: Wagner Araujo

2017 Ironman 70.3 Cartagena

American Sarah Cameto finished third. Photo: Wagner Araujo

2017 Ironman 70.3 Cartagena

Horst Reichel on his way to a runner-up performance. Photo: Wagner Araujo

2017 Ironman 70.3 Cartagena

Colington put together a 24:41 swim, a 2:05:00 bike, and a 1:19:40 run to earn the victory in 3:52:56. Photo: Wagner Araujo

2017 Ironman 70.3 Cartagena

The two Americans shake hands at the finish line. Photo: Wagner Araujo

2017 Ironman 70.3 Cartagena

Photo: Wagner Araujo

2017 Ironman 70.3 Cartagena

Photo: Wagner Araujo

2017 Ironman 70.3 Cartagena

Colombia’s Diana Castillo finished first in 4:28:49. Photo: Wagner Araujo

2017 Ironman 70.3 Cartagena

She put together a 26:33 swim, a 2:28:50 bike, and a 1:29:29 run – finishing in 4:28:49. Photo: Wagner Araujo

2017 Ironman 70.3 Cartagena

Photo: Wagner Araujo

2017 Ironman 70.3 Cartagena

Photo: Wagner Araujo

2017 Ironman 70.3 Cartagena

Photo: Wagner Araujo

2017 Ironman 70.3 Cartagena

Photo: Wagner Araujo

2017 Ironman 70.3 Cartagena

Photo: Wagner Araujo

2017 Ironman 70.3 Cartagena

Photo: Wagner Araujo

2017 Ironman 70.3 Cartagena

Photo: Wagner Araujo

2017 Ironman 70.3 Cartagena

Photo: Wagner Araujo

2017 Ironman 70.3 Cartagena

Photo: Wagner Araujo

2017 Ironman 70.3 Cartagena

Photo: Wagner Araujo

Men’s Pro Race
Kevin Collington (USA) closed out his 2017 season with a win in Colombia. The American was out of the water with the leaders and was within a minute of the front of the race after the 90-km bike in Cartagena. TJ Tollakson (USA) took out the run hard and at one time was enjoying a three minute advantage on Collington in the first half of the run. Collington made a successful surge towards in the middle of the run and closed the gap at 14 km’s when he ran his way into the lead and eventual win.

Women’s Pro Race
Diana Castillo (COL) and Kelsey Withrow (USA) were content to race in each other’s shadow throughout the swim and the bike. The pair hit the run together with Castillo coming out on top of the battle to enjoy the thrill of winning her home country’s Ironman 70.3 race in front of her family and friends.

Read the complete weekend recap at Ironman.com.