The 2018 Ironman Kona Men’s Age Group Race in Photos

The athletes who put it all on the line to race in the 40th-anniversary edition of triathlon’s greatest show.

The professional race at the Ironman World Championship gets most of the attention–but hundreds of age-group triathletes also made their dreams come true on Saturday, Oct. 13 in Kona. Enjoy these images from photographer Paul Philips of Competitive Image.

2018 Ironman World Championship -
Age-group men line up for the start of the 2018 Ironman World Championship. Photo: Paul Phillips/ Competitive Image
2018 Ironman World Championship -
The age-group men followed the pro men and pro women in the swim. Photo: Paul Phillips/ Competitive Image
2018 Ironman World Championship -
Must get the perfect shot! Photo: Paul Phillips/ Competitive Image
2018 Ironman World Championship -
The men’s field was made up of 1,791 athletes. Photo: Paul Phillips/ Competitive Image
2018 Ironman World Championship -
The men start their day. Photo: Paul Phillips/ Competitive Image
2018 Ironman World Championship -
The men file out of the swim and onto the bike course. Photo: Paul Phillips/ Competitive Image
2018 Ironman World Championship -
The men file out of the swim and onto the bike course. Photo: Paul Phillips/ Competitive Image
2018 Ironman World Championship -
USA’s Ken Glah has competed in 35 straight Ironman World Championships. Photo: Paul Phillips/ Competitive Image
2018 Ironman World Championship -
Spain’s Fernando Jose Lopez Terrez on the bike. Photo: Paul Phillips/ Competitive Image
2018 Ironman World Championship -
France’s Andaloussi Ahmed competed in the physically challenged division. Photo: Paul Phillips/ Competitive Image
2018 Ironman World Championship -
The Pease Brothers were able to make every cutoff with no problem, crossing the finish line in 14:28:59. Photo: Paul Phillips/ Competitive Image
2018 Ironman World Championship -
The crowd lines the streets to cheer the athletes through a long day of racing. Photo: Paul Phillips/ Competitive Image
2018 Ironman World Championship -
The Pease Brothers. Photo: Paul Phillips/ Competitive Image
2018 Ironman World Championship -
Australia’s Ben O’Neill finished his day In 9:27:10. Photo: Paul Phillips/ Competitive Image
2018 Ironman World Championship -
Belgium’s Nicolas Sapieha finished his day in 8:51:14. Photo: Paul Phillips/ Competitive Image
2018 Ironman World Championship -
It was an unusually calm day out on the Queen K. Photo: Paul Phillips/ Competitive Image
2018 Ironman World Championship -
USA’s Matthew Malone finished his day in 8:40:38. Photo: Paul Phillips/ Competitive Image
2018 Ironman World Championship -
Athletes manage the crowded course on the Queen K. Photo: Paul Phillips/ Competitive Image
2018 Ironman World Championship -
Athletes manage the crowded course on the Queen K. Photo: Paul Phillips/ Competitive Image
2018 Ironman World Championship -
An enthusiastic support crew! Photo: Paul Phillips/ Competitive Image
2018 Ironman World Championship -
The Netherlands’ Geert Schipper finished his day in 9:19:47. Photo: Paul Phillips/ Competitive Image
2018 Ironman World Championship -
Positive attitudes during a tough part of the course. Photo: Paul Phillips/ Competitive Image
2018 Ironman World Championship -
It was a record-setting day of racing. Photo: Paul Phillips/ Competitive Image
2018 Ironman World Championship -
Athletes run in and out of the Natural Energy Lab. Photo: Paul Phillips/ Competitive Image
2018 Ironman World Championship -
The Netherlands’ Dennis Vandermeer finished his day in 10:27:07. Photo: Paul Phillips/ Competitive Image
2018 Ironman World Championship -
Japan’s Takeshi Araki finished his day in 10:32:17. Photo: Paul Phillips/ Competitive Image
2018 Ironman World Championship -
New Zealand’s Robert Loveridge makes his way through an aid station. Photo: Paul Phillips/ Competitive Image
2018 Ironman World Championship -
In and out of the aid station. Photo: Paul Phillips/ Competitive Image
2018 Ironman World Championship -
That’s one way to stay cool! Photo: Paul Phillips/ Competitive Image
2018 Ironman World Championship -
Ireland’s Emmett Kelly finished his day in 9:44:33. Photo: Paul Phillips/ Competitive Image
2018 Ironman World Championship -
The tough part of the course. Photo: Paul Phillips/ Competitive Image