Photographer Paul Phillips returned to the finish line in Kona to capture the final hour of the Ironman World Championship.

2017 Ironman World Championship - the final hours
The final hour of the Ironman World Championship is considered one of the best experiences in our sport. Photo: Paul Phillips/Competitive Image
2017 Ironman World Championship - the final hours
2017 Ironman World Championship – the final hours
2017 Ironman World Championship - the final hours
A long day of announcing for these two! Photo: Paul Phillips/Competitive Image
2017 Ironman World Championship - the final hours
South Korea’s Taehwan Ahn proposes to Youji Kim at the finish line. Photo: Paul Phillips/Competitive Image
2017 Ironman World Championship - the final hours
We assume that is a yes! Photo: Paul Phillips/Competitive Image
2017 Ironman World Championship - the final hours
Congrats to the couple! Photo: Paul Phillips/Competitive Image
2017 Ironman World Championship - the final hours
Canada’s Cullen Goodyear crosses the finish line in 15:33:52. Photo: Paul Phillips/Competitive Image
2017 Ironman World Championship - the final hours
Germany’s Franz Michael Schlegel finishes in 15:48:58. Photo: Paul Phillips/Competitive Image
2017 Ironman World Championship - the final hours
USA’s Joy Yang finishes in 15:35:06. Photo: Paul Phillips/Competitive Image
2017 Ironman World Championship - the final hours
Canada’s John Wragg – an absolute legend of the sport and the winner of our trivia night! – finishes his 228th Ironman in 15:50:41. Photo: Paul Phillips/Competitive Image
2017 Ironman World Championship - the final hours
Brazil’s Carlos Costa finishes in 15:51:42. Photo: Paul Phillips/Competitive Image
2017 Ironman World Championship - the final hours
Mexico’s Bruno Stoob finishes in 15:52:55. Photo: Paul Phillips/Competitive Image
2017 Ironman World Championship - the final hours
Another excited Ironman finisher! Photo: Paul Phillips/Competitive Image
2017 Ironman World Championship - the final hours
USA’s Ally Flournoy finishes in 15:39:58. Photo: Paul Phillips/Competitive Image
2017 Ironman World Championship - the final hours
China’s Yaqi Yang finishes in 15:40:53. Photo: Paul Phillips/Competitive Image
2017 Ironman World Championship - the final hours
USA’s Arthur J. Dembro finishes in 15:56:04. Photo: Paul Phillips/Competitive Image
2017 Ironman World Championship - the final hours
Two more happy finishers! Photo: Paul Phillips/Competitive Image
2017 Ironman World Championship - the final hours
Country pride and an Ironman finish! Photo: Paul Phillips/Competitive Image
2017 Ironman World Championship - the final hours
Spain’s Francisco Cabrera Jimenez finished in 16:07:45 and then celebrated with female pro third-place finisher Sarah Crowley. Photo: Paul Phillips/Competitive Image
2017 Ironman World Championship - the final hours
Ironman world champion Patrick Lange and USA’s Ken Kaczmarz celebrate at the finish line. Photo: Paul Phillips/Competitive Image
2017 Ironman World Championship - the final hours
Canada’s Aaron Hardwick celebrates with female pro podium finisher Sarah Crowley. Photo: Paul Phillips/Competitive Image
2017 Ironman World Championship - the final hours
The Voice of Ironman Mike Reilly is here to welcome the final finishers in Kona. Photo: Paul Phillips/Competitive Image
2017 Ironman World Championship - the final hours
Japan’s Hiroyuki Murakoshi finishes in 16:12:11. Photo: Paul Phillips/Competitive Image
2017 Ironman World Championship - the final hours
A smiling Heather Jackson (who earlier finished fourth) helps to welcome the final finisher in. Photo: Paul Phillips/Competitive Image
2017 Ironman World Championship - the final hours
USA’s Paul Schon celebrates his finish with Heather Jackson. Photo: Paul Phillips/Competitive Image
2017 Ironman World Championship - the final hours
“The Man” Dave Scott, a six-time Ironman world champion, celebrates with American Bob Whitman who finished in 16:19:51. Photo: Paul Phillips/Competitive Image
2017 Ironman World Championship - the final hours
A finisher gets to meet Ironman world champion Daniela Ryf. Photo: Paul Phillips/Competitive Image
2017 Ironman World Championship - the final hours
2017 Ironman World Championship – the final hours
2017 Ironman World Championship - the final hours
The stands are at capacity during the final hour in Kona. Photo: Paul Phillips/Competitive Image
2017 Ironman World Championship - the final hours
The stands are at capacity during the final hour in Kona. Photo: Paul Phillips/Competitive Image
2017 Ironman World Championship - the final hours
Time to celebrate! Photo: Paul Phillips/Competitive Image
2017 Ironman World Championship - the final hours
Photo: Paul Phillips/Competitive Image
2017 Ironman World Championship - the final hours
Photo: Paul Phillips/Competitive Image
2017 Ironman World Championship - the final hours
Photo: Paul Phillips/Competitive Image
2017 Ironman World Championship - the final hours
Ironman CEO Andrew Messick and one of the final finishers. Photo: Paul Phillips/Competitive Image
2017 Ironman World Championship - the final hours
Ironman World Championship race director Diana Bertsch poses at the finish line. Photo: Paul Phillips/Competitive Image
2017 Ironman World Championship - the final hours
The Ironman world champions – Daniela Ryf and Patrick Lange – at the finish line! Photo: Paul Phillips/Competitive Image
2017 Ironman World Championship - the final hours
Three world champions: Daniela Ryf, Patrick Lange and Mark Allen. Photo: Paul Phillips/Competitive Image
2017 Ironman World Championship - the final hours
Australia’s Karla Mckinlay finishes in 16:33:35. Photo: Paul Phillips/Competitive Image
2017 Ironman World Championship - the final hours
Australia’s Karla Mckinlay finishes in 16:33:35. Photo: Paul Phillips/Competitive Image
2017 Ironman World Championship - the final hours
USA’s Joseph Bradfield is ecstatic at the finish! Photo: Paul Phillips/Competitive Image
2017 Ironman World Championship - the final hours
USA’s Gini Fellows gets some help after finishing in 16:44:20. Photo: Paul Phillips/Competitive Image
2017 Ironman World Championship - the final hours
Great Britain’s Jillian Burns is thrilled with her 16:44:59 finish. Photo: Paul Phillips/Competitive Image
2017 Ironman World Championship - the final hours
USA’s Tricia Delamora gets a high five after finishing in 16:45:35. Photo: Paul Phillips/Competitive Image
2017 Ironman World Championship - the final hours
This athlete fell on her way to the finishing chute, but managed to make it across the line. Photo: Paul Phillips/Competitive Image
2017 Ironman World Championship - the final hours
Hawaiian dancers officially close out the day of racing. Photo: Paul Phillips/Competitive Image
2017 Ironman World Championship - the final hours
Hawaiian dancers officially close out the day of racing. Photo: Paul Phillips/Competitive Image
2017 Ironman World Championship - the final hours
Hawaiian dancers officially close out the day of racing. Photo: Paul Phillips/Competitive Image
2017 Ironman World Championship - the final hours
Hawaiian dancers officially close out the day of racing. Photo: Paul Phillips/Competitive Image
2017 Ironman World Championship - the final hours
Hawaiian dancers officially close out the day of racing. Photo: Paul Phillips/Competitive Image

Photographer Paul Phillips returned to the finish line in Kona to capture the final hour of the Ironman World Championship.

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