30 Epic Photos from the 2018 Ironman World Championship

Approximately 2,500 athletes came from across the globe to Kailua-Kona, Hawaii to compete in the iconic 2018 Ironman World Championship. On a picture-perfect day with light winds, athletes blew through the course and established several new records. It was a day for the history books. Enjoy these photos from several of the sport’s top photographers.

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Before embarking on their Ironman journey, approximately 2,500 athletes dropped off their bikes at the Kailua Pier the day before the race. Photo: Donald Miralle for Ironman
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Age-group men (including His Highness Shaikh Nasser Bin Hamad Al Khalifa of Bahrain–in the red cap) compete in the swim during the Ironman World Championship. Photo: Wolfson/Getty Images for Ironman
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Age-group male athletes tread water ahead of the cannon start at the 2018 Ironman World Championship. Photo: Al Bello/Getty Images for Ironman
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Age-group swimmers start the process of filing into the water. Photo: Tom Pennington/Getty Images for Ironman
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A fan cheers on Ironman world champion Daniela Ryf with a wave of the Swiss flag as she makes her way down the final stretch of Palani Road. Photo: Nils Nilsen/Getty Images for Ironman
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Age-group men wait in the Pacific Ocean as they prepared to tackle the 2.4-mile ROKA swim course. Photo: Maxx Wolfson/Getty Images for Ironman
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Age-group men kick off their day in Kailua Bay. Photo: Maxx Wolfson/Getty Images for Ironman
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Age-group women prepare to compete in the 2018 Ironman World Championship. Photo: Nils Nilsen/Getty Images for Ironman
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Female athletes start their day early with a plunge into the warm waters of the Pacific Ocean. Photo: Tom Pennington/Getty Images for Ironman
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Athletes experienced a beautiful day out on the course. Photo: Donald Miralle for Ironman
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Josh Amberger of Australia was a part of the lead bike trio for a good chunk of the day. Photo: Nils Nilsen/Getty Images for Ironman
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Lucy Charles of Great Britain arrives at an aid station on course. The young athlete led most of the bike after dominating the swim. Photo: Nils Nilsen/Getty Images for Ironman
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Patrick Lange of Germany passes Cameron Wurf of Australia on the run. Photo: Nils Nilsen/Getty Images for Ironman
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Patrick Lange on his way to crushing the previous course record and becoming the first athlete to go under eight hours at the Ironman World Championship. Photo: Nils Nilsen/Getty Images for Ironman
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Patrick Lange of Germany celebrates after setting a course record of 7:52:39. Photo by Nils Nilsen/Getty Images for Ironman
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Ironman world champion Patrick Lange exchanges a heartfelt kiss with his fiancé, Julia Hoffman, after he got down on one knee and proposed at the finish line on Saturday following his record-breaking win. It was an iconic day for Lange. Photo: Donald Miralle for Ironman
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Lucy Charles of Great Britain (second), Daniela Ryf of Switzerland (first) and Anne Haug of Germany (third) celebrate on the podium. Photo: Al Bello/Getty Images for Ironman
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Daniela Ryf of Switzerland celebrates after setting the course record of 8:26:16. Photo: Nils Nilsen/Getty Images for Ironman
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Brent and Kyle Pease compete on the bike during. Photo: Tom Pennington/Getty Images for Ironman
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Runners compete during the IRONMAN World Championships brought to you by Amazon on October 13, 2018 in Kailua Kona, Hawaii. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images for IRONMAN)
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Age-group athletes continue to power through the 26.2-mile run course before crossing the finish line on Saturday night. Photo: Donald Miralle for Ironman
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Runners go past the iconic lava fields. Photo: Al Bello/Getty Images for Ironman
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The sun sets, but there are still several hours to go in the 2018 Ironman World Championship. Photo: Tom Pennington/Getty Images for Ironman
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The sun sets on age-group runners towards the end of an incredible day in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii. Photo: Donald Miralle for Ironman
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Physically challenged athlete Andaloussi Ahmed cycles down the Queen Ka’ahumanu Highway in Kailua-Kona. He crossed the finish line on Ali’i drive in a time of 11:29:16. Photo: Al Bello/Getty Images for Ironman
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Athletes run in and out of the Energy Lab as the sun sets on the 2018 Ironman World Championship. Photo: Tom Pennington/Getty Images for Ironman
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Inspirational age-group athlete Rachel Brenke finishes in 14:28:19 and was greeted by her husband and five kids at the finish line. The 34-year-old is also a 11-year cancer survivor, lawyer, and a successful businesswoman and now mentors young entrepreneurs as they make their own way in the corporate world. Photo: Tom Pennington/Getty Images for Ironman
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Athletes and spectators cheer on age-group athletes as they cross the finish line up until the 17 hour cut off. Photo: Donald Miralle for Ironman
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The voice of Ironman Mike Reilly whips up the crowd and assists Valerie Lindeborg as she battles to complete the race before the 17-hour cut off. With the enthusiastic cheers of finish-line fans ringing in her ears, Lindeborg–competing in the the 55-59 age group–became the final finisher of the race. She crossed the line on her own with a time of 16:51:05. Photo by Donald Miralle for Ironman
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Another Ironman World Championship is officially in the books. Photo: Al Bello/Getty Images for Ironman