Images from the Inaugural Ironman 70.3 Waco

The inaugural Ironman 70.3 Waco triathlon didn’t go as planned, with organizers having to cancel the swim due to a rate of water flow that was deemed unsafe for swimming. The 2,300 athletes from 20 countries and 45 states made the best of it, competing in a 56-mile bike and 13.1-mile run. In the pro race, Andrew Starykowicz (USA) took the top honors behind a strong bike performance with a finishing time of 3:21:40 while Haley Chura (USA) finished first for the women in 3:45:48.

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The Bicycle World Texas Ironman 70.3 Waco triathlon took athletes across the scenic bridges of Waco and over the Brazos River whose strong current forced organizers to cancel the swim portion of the race. Photo: Tom Pennington/Getty Images for Ironman
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Athletes make their way through the open fields as the sun rose over Central Texas. Photo: Tom Pennington/Getty Images for Ironman
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Guilaume Doree of France flies through the bike course. Photo: Tom Pennington/Getty Images for Ironman
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Athletes soared through the wide open fields in the countryside of Central Texas. Photo: Tom Pennington/Getty Images for Ironman
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Athletes cross the Washington Avenue Bridge with a large group of spectators supporting and enjoying the race. Photo: Tom Pennington/Getty Images for Ironman
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Haley Chura was the clear winner. Here, she approaches the finish line on the iconic Waco Suspension Bridge. Photo: Tom Pennington/Getty Images for Ironman
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Double amputee and PC athlete Patrick Pressgrove receives a sign of respect and goodwill with a handshake from a fellow athlete on the run course. Photo: Tom Pennington/Getty Images for Ironman
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Race winners Andrew Starykowicz and Haley Chura smile at the finish. Photo: Tom Pennington/Getty Images for Ironman