Athletes are gearing up for a big day of racing in Tempe!

2017 Ironman Arizona Pre-Race
Finland’s Kaia Sali is in Tempe after a fifth-place finish at the Ironman World Championship. Photo: Paul Phillips/Competitive Image/@Compimagephoto
2017 Ironman Arizona Pre-Race
American Sarah Piampiano is racing after a disappointing day in Kona. Photo: Paul Phillips/Competitive Image/@Compimagephoto
2017 Ironman Arizona Pre-Race
Ironman Arizona always gets a fast field, with athletes looking for early KPR points and quick times on the flat(ish) course. Photo: Paul Phillips/Competitive Image/@Compimagephoto
2017 Ironman Arizona Pre-Race
Denmark’s Michelle Vesterby is always smiling and bringing happiness to those around her. Photo: Paul Phillips/Competitive Image/@Compimagephoto
2017 Ironman Arizona Pre-Race
It’s a Canadian battle in the men’s race! Brent McMahon won this race three years ago and battled with Lionel Sanders last year. Photo: Paul Phillips/Competitive Image/@Compimagephoto
2017 Ironman Arizona Pre-Race
Jeff Symmonds is in Arizona looking for a fast time. Photo: Paul Phillips/Competitive Image/@Compimagephoto
2017 Ironman Arizona Pre-Race
Lionel Sanders said that he’ll use Ironman Arizona to test a couple of things after his second-place finish in Kona. Photo: Paul Phillips/Competitive Image/@Compimagephoto
2017 Ironman Arizona Pre-Race
Sanders was popular at the press conference, with several age groupers lining up to get a photo from the champ. Photo: Paul Phillips/Competitive Image/@Compimagephoto
2017 Ironman Arizona Pre-Race
The pro panel on a beautiful day in Tempe. Photo: Paul Phillips/Competitive Image/@Compimagephoto
2017 Ironman Arizona Pre-Race
A large group of fans and age-group athletes gathered to listen to the pros. Photo: Paul Phillips/Competitive Image/@Compimagephoto
2017 Ironman Arizona Pre-Race
Six super fast pros. Who will be on top of the podium on Sunday? Photo: Paul Phillips/Competitive Image/@Compimagephoto
2017 Ironman Arizona Pre-Race
Will one of these Canadians win? Photo: Paul Phillips/Competitive Image/@Compimagephoto
2017 Ironman Arizona Pre-Race
These three have all had success at the Ironman distance. With Meredith Kessler at home ready to welcome a baby any day, there will be a new champion on Sunday. Photo: Paul Phillips/Competitive Image/@Compimagephoto
2017 Ironman Arizona Pre-Race
The expo was busy! Photo: Paul Phillips/Competitive Image/@Compimagephoto
2017 Ironman Arizona Pre-Race
Don’t try anything new on race day! But definitely check out the rad gear at the expo. Photo: Paul Phillips/Competitive Image/@Compimagephoto
2017 Ironman Arizona Pre-Race
Thumbs up! Photo: Paul Phillips/Competitive Image/@Compimagephoto
2017 Ironman Arizona Pre-Race
A little recovery for the big day. Photo: Paul Phillips/Competitive Image/@Compimagephoto
2017 Ironman Arizona Pre-Race
The Tempe landscape has changed a lot over the past few years, with several new buildings lining Tempe Town Lake. Photo: Paul Phillips/Competitive Image/@Compimagephoto
2017 Ironman Arizona Pre-Race
A long day at the expo, but always a smile! Photo: Paul Phillips/Competitive Image/@Compimagephoto
2017 Ironman Arizona Pre-Race
The pros gather for a pre-race meeting. Photo: Paul Phillips/Competitive Image/@Compimagephoto
2017 Ironman Arizona Pre-Race
Denmark’s Helle Frederiksen is ready to take on Ironman! Photo: Paul Phillips/Competitive Image/@Compimagephoto
2017 Ironman Arizona Pre-Race
The Ironman village. Photo: Paul Phillips/Competitive Image/@Compimagephoto
2017 Ironman Arizona Pre-Race
Big smiles before a big day of racing. Photo: Paul Phillips/Competitive Image/@Compimagephoto
2017 Ironman Arizona Pre-Race
American Heather Jackson calls Arizona home for a good chunk of the year, but she’s still recovering from Kona and will be cheering athletes on on Sunday. Photo: Paul Phillips/Competitive Image/@Compimagephoto