The 2018 Ironman Kona Women’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. 14 in Kona. Enjoy these images from photographer Paul Philips of Competitive Image.

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Even in the most tense pre-race moments these athletes are all willing to give us a smile. Photo: Paul Phillips/Competitive Image
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The age-group women were the final group to start their day in Kailua Bay. Photo: Paul Phillips/Competitive Image
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Excited and ready to go! Photo: Paul Phillips/Competitive Image
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This year the Ironman World Championship field was made up of 28% female–for a total of 685 athletes. Photo: Paul Phillips/Competitive Image
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Media and VIP sit on the pier for the best view of the age-group start. Photo: Paul Phillips/Competitive Image
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Paracyclist Liz McTernan finished the race in 14:21:12. Photo: Paul Phillips/Competitive Image
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USA’s Renee Vincel gets her day started alongside paratriathlete Daniela Garcia. Photo: Paul Phillips/Competitive Image
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Paracyclist Liz McTernan finished the race in 14:21:12. Photo: Paul Phillips/Competitive Image
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Russia’s Ushakova Svetana went on to finish in 10:37:34. Photo: Paul Phillips/Competitive Image
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Japan’s Maki Nishioka finished in 9:57:46. Photo: Paul Phillips/Competitive Image
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Finland’s Aaro Jarvinen finished in 10:29:55. Photo: Paul Phillips/Competitive Image
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USA’s Rebecca Carpenter finished in 11:34:07. Photo: Paul Phillips/Competitive Image
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USA’s Juliana Nievergelt. Photo: Paul Phillips/Competitive Image
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Germany’s Katrin Esefeld finished in 9:49:58. Photo: Paul Phillips/Competitive Image
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Australia’s Jcinta Worland finished in 10:41:55. Photo: Paul Phillips/Competitive Image
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Argentina’s Maria Florencia Fraga finished in 10:52:53. Photo: Paul Phillips/Competitive Image
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USA’s Leslie Knibb finished in 11:15:57. Photo: Paul Phillips/Competitive Image
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A big smile from USA’s Betty Janelle, who finished in 12:12:43. Photo: Paul Phillips/Competitive Image
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Australia’s Rosie Oldham finished in 10:07:16. Photo: Paul Phillips/Competitive Image
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Singapore’s Ling Er Choo finished in 10:15:09. Photo: Paul Phillips/Competitive Image
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Switzlerand’s Desiree Germann finished in 10:03:47. Photo: Paul Phillips/Competitive Image
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It was a beautiful day out on course–but that doesn’t mean it wasn’t hot. Photo: Paul Phillips/Competitive Image
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Argentina’s Florencia Morales finished in 10:08:28. Photo: Paul Phillips/Competitive Image
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Photo: Paul Phillips/Competitive Image