50 Epic Images from the 2019 Ironman World Championship

An amazing day of racing produced some amazing photos. Here, Ironman’s team of photographers share some of the top images from the day. Recap all of the Kona action here.

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The famous Hawaiian heat was radiating around the athletes cycle along the 112-mile bike ride. Photo: Tom Pennington/Getty Images for Ironman
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An overhead look at the collection of bikes from the nearly 2,500 athletes. Photo: Tom Pennington/Getty Images for Ironman
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Age group athlete Lisa Tecklenburg cruises through the lava fields on the Queen Ka’ahumana highway en route to her successful completion of the 2019 Ironman World Championship. At age 38, Lisa was already a successful business executive and accomplished triathlete, when she learned she had advanced-stage breast cancer. She was told she’d never get to swim again, taking away her chances of continuing as an Ironman competitor. Despite the traumatic news, she decided that she would prove everyone wrong. After months of surgeries and rounds of chemo, she was declared cancer-free, got back to training and doing what she loves to do. On April 27, 2019, Lisa completed her fastest Ironman triathlon ever, qualified for Kona, and proved everyone wrong. Photo: Danny Weiss/Ironman
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The famous Hawaiian heat was radiating around the athletes cycle along the 112-mile bike ride. Photo: Tom Pennington/Getty Images for Ironman
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Jan Frodeno maintains his pace while cruising through the 26.2-mile marathon. Frodeno posted the fastest run split of any competitor on Saturday as he finished with a 2:42:43 mark. Photo: Tom Pennington/Getty Images for Ironman
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Belgian paratriathlete Kim Plovier works toward the finish. Photo: Tom Pennington/Getty Images for Ironman
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Christopher Dykzeul of New Zealand competes. Photo: Tom Pennington/Getty Images for Ironman
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Athletes pass beneath the setting sun. Photo: Tom Pennington/Getty Images for Ironman
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Lucy Charles-Barclay (GBR) takes a moment to catch her breath in the arms of her husband. Photo: Tom Pennington/Getty Images for Ironman
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Lucy Charles-Barclay was the first female pro out of the water, led the entire bike leg, and finished second in the women’s field. Photo: Tom Pennington/Getty Images for Ironman
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Representing a specially bonded extended family, the celebration of `ohana, Ironman’s theme for the year, was encapsulated at the very end of the 2019 Vega Ironman World Championship as athletes, volunteers, spectators and staff joined hands for the traditional singing of “Hawai`i Aloha” with Aunty Mele Kekai. Photo: Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images for Ironman
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A group of athletes line the Queen Ka’ahumanu Highway. Photo: Tom Pennington/Getty Images for Ironman
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KAILUA KONA, HAWAII – OCTOBER 12: Jan Frodeno of Germany celebrates after winning the Ironman World Championships on October 12, 2019 in Kailua Kona, Hawaii. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images for IRONMAN)
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Roy Lagerburg of the Netherlands passes by the grass and basalt rock-lined shoulder of the Queen Ka’ahumanu Highway. Photo: Tom Pennington/Getty Images for Ironman
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Tim O’Donnell (USA) glides along just above the ocean floor. Photo: Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images for Ironman
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Roderick Sewell was born with severe leg deformities that would prevent him from walking. Roderick’s mother made the difficult decision to have both of his legs amputated above the knee before his second birthday. Despite moving from shelter to shelter, a seven-year-old Roderick’s pure determination and strong support from Challenged Athletes Foundation (CAF) led him to pursue athletic goals, starting with handcycling, and then running track, playing basketball, and swimming. Roderick went from homelessness to accomplishing many “firsts” in his family: from the first to graduate college, to bringing home a Gold and a Bronze medal from the 2014 Pan Pacific Para Swimming Championships. On Saturday, Roderick added another first, the first bi-lateral above knee amputee to finish the Ironman World Championship on prosthetic legs. He is also the first American bi-lateral above knee amputee to finish the Ironman World Championship. Photo: Donald Miralle/ Getty Images for Ironman
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The clouds break as dawn approaches over the waters of waters of Kailua Bay. Photo: Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images for Ironman
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The famous Hawaiian heat was radiating around the athletes cycle along the 112-mile bike ride. Photo: Tom Pennington/Getty Images for Ironman
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Back-to-back defending Ironman world champion Patrick Lange cycles along the 112-mile bike course. Lange retired from the event early effectively ended his chance at a three-peat. Photo: Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images for Ironman
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Tim O’Donnell celebrates with the American flag. Photo: Tom Pennington/Getty Images for Ironman
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New Zealander Wayne Skipworth breaks into a traditional Haka to celebrate accomplishing his dream of completing the Ironman World Championship. Since 2009, Wayne has run IRONMĀORI, an initiative and club set up to improve health and fitness amongst the Maori community. Wayne and IRONMĀORI host events and community health projects including cycle rides, swimming and spin classes that have positively impacted countless lives. Photo: Tony Svensson/Ironman
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Jan Frodeno on his way to the victory and course record. Photo: Tom Pennington/Getty Images for Ironman
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The onlooking crowd erupts as Jan Frodeno (GER) becomes the first German to capture three Ironman World Championship titles. Photo: Donald Miralle/Getty Images for Ironman
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Athletes warm up prior to the start of the Ironman World Championships. Photo: Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images for Ironman
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Spectators and team members line the shore prior to the start. Photo: Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images for Ironman
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Tim O’Donnell (USA) douses himself with water to keep cool. Photo: Tom Pennington/Getty Images for Ironman
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Anne Haug (GER) made it a German sweep as she joined countryman Jan Frodeno as the best in the world. Photo: Tom Pennington/Getty Images for Ironman
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Kristin Liepold of Germany competes on the bike. Photo: Tom Pennington/Getty Images for Ironman
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Athletes wade into Kailua Bay before embarking on the 2.4-mile ROKA swim course at the 2019 Vega Ironman World Championship. Earlier this year, Ironman announced a new swim start protocol in order to decrease athlete density on the bike course and promote competition among the age-group field. Photo: Tom Pennington/Getty Images
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A volunteer helps an athlete take a moment to soak up the water. Photo: Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images for Ironman
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Supporters pack the sea walls along the perimiter of Kailua Bay to watch the 2.4-mile ROKA swim course. Photo: Tom Pennington/Getty Images for Ironman
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Tim Reed (AUS) hydrates while cycling down the 112-mile bike course. Photo: Tom Pennington/Getty Images for Ironman
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A general view during the wave start. Photo: Maxx Wolfson/Getty Images for Ironman
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Lucy Charles-Barclay (GBR) was passed by Sarah Crowley (AUS) but was able to pull back up and finish second. Photo: Tom Pennington/Getty Images for Ironman
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Matt Russell (USA) crosses the finish line doing the Blazeman Roll. Photo: Tom Pennington/Getty Images for Ironman
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Athletes compete on the bike course. Photo: Tom Pennington/Getty Images for Ironman
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Athletes make their way into the water for a long day of racing. Photo: Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images for Ironman
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Michael McDonald mounts his bike and prepares to head out onto the bike course. He has raised nearly $400,000 for MusiCares and the Ironman Foundation. Michael is the founder of the music management company, Mick Management and Chairman Emeritus of the nonprofit, MusiCares, which he credits with saving his life. While working as a tour manager, McDonald struggled with addiction and spent many mornings hungover, watching broadcasts of the Ironman World Championship with “lonely envy.” This year, McDonald turned 50 and marks his 20th year of sobriety. He completed his journey in 12:42:22.
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The field of swimmers propel themselves through the clear blue waters of the Pacific Ocean. Photo: Tom Pennington/Getty Images for Ironman
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Nils Frommhold of Germany leads a long line of athletes. Photo: Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images for Ironman
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Anne Haug celebrates at the finish line. Photo: Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images for Ironman
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Inspirational mother-daughter duo Team Liza, Beth (bike) and Liza James (chair) race down the Queen Ka’ahumanu Highway. At the age of six, Liza endured a blow to the head that left her with a traumatic brain injury, non-verbal and unable to walk. Liza, now 23 joins her mother traveling the country, swimming, biking, running and even climbing mountains as they compete together as an inspirational mother-daughter duo. Photo: Tom Pennington/Getty Images
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KAILUA KONA, HAWAII – OCTOBER 12: Jan Frodeno of Germany celebrates after winning the Ironman World Championships on October 12, 2019 in Kailua Kona, Hawaii. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images for IRONMAN)
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An age-group wave prepares for their turn to start the day. Photo: Tom Pennington/Getty Images for Ironman
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The sun rises on the day. Photo: Maxx Wolfson/Getty Images for Ironman
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Great Britain’s Lucy Charles-Barclay (left), Germany’s Anne Haug (middle), and Australia’s Sarah Crowley (right) celebrate earning spots on the podium. Photo: Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images for Ironman
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A cluster of athletes paddle through the waves of the Pacific Ocean on the 2.4-mile ROKA swim course. Photo: Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images
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Professional triathlete Lauren Brandon (USA) works to keep up with Lucy Charles-Barclay. Photo: Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images for Ironman